The Blind Beggar Dies

  • by The Shadow
  • Narrated by Orson Welles
  • 0 hrs and 29 mins
  • Radio/TV Program

Publisher's Summary

This episode of The Shadow was originally broadcast on June 26, 1938. "Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows!" From 1930-1954, the wealthy Lamont Cranston was one of the best-known characters on radio, using his mystical powers to fight crime. The only person who knew The Shadow's true identity was his "friend and companion, the lovely Margot Lane". Through the years, The Shadow was portrayed by Frank Readick, Orson Welles, Bill Johnstone, Bret Morrison, and others. As listeners were reminded at the end of every episode, "The weed of crime bears bitter fruit. Crime does not pay! The Shadow knows!"


What the Critics Say

"As one of the basic prototypes of what has come to be called Pop Art, the Shadow is unique and irreplaceable, a legend in his own time. A classic character who looms slouch hat and shoulders above all others of his kind, he is an inevitable as a guilty conscience, an unseen power that awakens within all of us our most deep-rooted fears of mortal retribution. There has never been a force quite like him." (Jim Harmon, The Great Radio Heroes)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Really poor quality reording

What would have made The Blind Beggar Dies better?

I have this on a CD and the quality is 75% better; this was just a waste.

What aspect of Orson Welles’s performance would you have changed?

He is great in this as in almost everything. A true star!

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- Anna K

A blind man begs on the corner...

Any additional comments?

and is threatened by the local gang for protection money. The man is severely beaten and dies from his wounds. The Shadow finds the link.

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- Tina

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-12-2007
  • Publisher: Radio Spirits, Inc.