This episode of The Shadow was originally broadcast on September 26, 1943. "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!"
"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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Margo and Lamont take a vacation
They visit Margo's aunt but she is no where to be found. The dark forest is said to be haunted and whose who enter may not come out.
The Most Horrific Episode Hands Down!
A print version could not do this story justice.
The errie effects it has on the listeners.
Why Lamont Cranston/the Shadow of coarse!
Made me uneasy the first time I listened to it as I was on a long drive at night, alone.
This episode demands a re-listen every so often because it still strikes fear in the hearts of men, literally!