The Shadow Returns

The Shadow Returns is a 1946 American comedy crime film directed by Phil Rosen and starring Kane Richmond, Barbara Read and Tom Dugan. It features the pulp character The Shadow, already a popular hero of novels and a radio show. It was the first in a series of three films released by Monogram in 1946 starring Richmond in the role.

The Shadow Returns
Directed byPhil Rosen
William Beaudine (uncredited)
Produced byLou Brock (associate producer)
Joe Kaufmann (producer)
Written byGeorge Callahan (screenplay and story)
Walter B. Gibson (character)
StarringSee below
Music byEdward J. Kay
CinematographyWilliam A. Sickner
Edited byAce Herman
Distributed byMonogram Pictures
Release date
  • February 16, 1946 (1946-02-16)
Running time
61 minutes
CountryUnited States


Private detective Lamont Cranston steps in to solve a murder for the police with the assistance of his alter ego The Shadow.



The New York Times called The Shadow Returns "the first of three above-average Monogram features" but that the character Margo Lane, an intelligent and resourceful character on the radio series, was portrayed as a "blithering idiot" and that Margo came off "far stupider than the film's official comedy relief, Cranston's chauffeur Shrevvie". The Shadow Returns was thought to be "an entertaining mystery" and the disappearing gimmick considered "handled with subtlety and inventiveness" by director Phil Rosen.[1]


The film was followed by two sequels, Behind the Mask (1946) and The Missing Lady (1946), with Kane Richmond and Barbara Read reprising their roles.


  1. Hal Erickson, Rovi. "The Shadow Returns (1946)", The New York Times. Retrieved 15 February 2015.
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