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Movie-A-Day #212: The Shadow (1994).

July 31, 2011

The Shadow, one of the great early pulp detective heroes, made his debut on the radio in “Detective Story Hour” on July 31, 1930. The character became a massive hit, quickly spinning off into his own radio show, numerous pulp magazines and even film adaptations. But despite all that early success, The Shadow wound up not having the staying power of his pulp brethren like Batman or even The Phantom (who still stars in his own daily comic strip). The well-meaning but very uneven 1994 film version with Alec Baldwin was a much belated last hurrah for a character that was, sadly, already past its prime.

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