The Shadow [Serial] (1940)

Genres - Adventure  |   Sub-Genres - Superhero Film  |   Release Date - Jan 5, 1940 (USA - Unknown)  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Based upon the classic radio series and pulp magazine character, The Shadow is a 15-episode serial in which scientist Lamont Cranston (Victor Jory) dons the garb of The Shadow to track down the elusive -- and indeed, invisible -- villain known only as The Black Tiger. As the serial begins, The Black Tiger is waging a campaign of terror that includes destroying trains, planes, and factories. This is only the beginning, however, as world domination -- to be achieved through the use of a mysterious death ray -- is his ultimate goal. The Shadow infiltrates the ranks of the villain's gang, disguised as a crook and calling himself Lin Chang. This helps The Shadow gain important information, although practically every time he seems about to make real progress, the gangsters manage to derail his plans. Things are not made easier by the police, who do not know that The Shadow is on their side and suspect that he is actually The Black Tiger. Eventually, The Shadow discovers the identity of The Black Tiger and brings an end to his evil reign.

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