This episode of The Shadow was originally broadcast on December 24, 1939. "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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A Christmas story with The Shadow
The dog, the cabbie, the missing persons, theft of a business and a cookie recipe all work out into a mystery that only The Shadow can solve.
Margo's hat was called a "Christmas ornament" and Spike says 'Ya gotta have a Christmas tree when ya have a girl in the house.'
I enjoy The Shadow and other old radio programs. They remind me of what my grandparents would have listened to for entertainment. Yes, they can be cheesy but they are simple entertainment and a quick listen.