The Shadow (Failed TV Pilot 1954)

Tom Helmore (Lamont Cranston)-Paula Raymond (Margot Lane)

This was just okay. Nothing special that would keep viewers tuning in each week.

“The Case Of The Cotton Kimono” w/Alexander Scourby – Cissy Chadwick is getting dressed when the doorbell starts ringing. She puts on her cotton kimono and answers the door expecting her boyfriend. What she gets are two bullets.

Commissioner Weston calls on Lamont Cranston (Tom Helmore) to help solve the case. Looking on is Lamont’s girlfriend Margot Lane (Paula Raymond). They were just on their way out. Weston says a police detective from her hometown is also investigating.

Detective Harry Harris suspects the boyfriend, Alex Bromm (William Smithers). He suspects Rollo Grimbauer (Alexander Scourby). He’s been giving Cissy singing lessons and was obsessed with her. Lamont goes to see him. Since he doesn’t have a warrant Grimbauer tosses him out.

Lamont meets Margot at a diner. He says they’ll need some help from an old friend…..The Shadow. There are a number of scenes with the Shadow’s laugh coming out of nowhere. That gets corny after a while.

Alexander Scourby had a long carrer as an actor and thanks to his distinctive voice as an announcer and narrator.

TV fans know William Smithers as David Schuster on “Peyton Place” (1965-66), Anderson Gault on “Executive Suite” (1976-77) and as Jeremy Wendell on “Dallas”  in the 1989 season.

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