The Missing Lady (1946)

US / 60 minutes / bw / Monogram Dir: Phil Karlson Pr: Joe Kaufman Scr: George Callahan Story: Stories in Shadow Magazine based on characters created by Walter B. Gibson Cine: William Sickner Cast: Kane Richmond, Barbara Reed (i.e., Barbara Read), George Chandler, James Flavin, Pierre Watkin, Dorothea Kent, James Cardwell, Claire Carleton, Jack Overman, Jo Carroll Dennison, Frances Robinson, Almira Sessions, Nora Cecil, George Lewis, Dewey Robinson, Anthony Warde, Bert Roach, George Lessey, Douglas Wood.

The third and mercifully the last of Monogram’s series of The Shadow B-features. Surprise, surprise, but The Shadow/Lamont Cranston (Richmond) finds himself accused of murders he didn’t commit—although, as Lamont himself points out, there’s a variation in the formula: last time, in Behind the Mask (1946), Lamont had to clear The Shadow of murders he didn’t commit; this time The Shadow has to clear Lamont.

Barbara Read as Margo (left) and Dorothea Kent as Jennie

Wealthy collector James Douglas (Lessey) is murdered in his home and a valuable statuette, the Jade Lady, is stolen. The obvious culprit, so far as we viewers are concerned, is hoodlum Ox Walsh (Overman), whose enmity Continue reading

Dynamite (1949)

US / 69 minutes / bw / Pine–Thomas, Paramount, Metropolis Dir: William H. Pine Pr: William H. Pine, William C. Thomas Scr: Milton Raison Cine: Ellis W. Carter Cast: William Gargan, Virginia Welles, Richard Crane, Irving Bacon, Mary Newton, Frank Ferguson, Douglass Dumbrille, Almira Sessions, Dan White, Lane Chandler.

Jake Bradford (Bacon) used to be a demolition expert, specializing in bringing down derelict buildings. When his business failed he set up the quarrying/rock-clearing company Bradford Engineering, which looks to be heading the same way—not least when, because shortage of money has led to the use of dangerous old-fashioned techniques, blaster Skipper Court (White) is killed in a rockfall he triggered.

DynamitePreparing to blast.

A few days later Jake, his daughter Mary (Welles) and his trusted employees Hard Rock Mason (Ferguson) and the big-headed Gunner Peterson (Gargan) attend the annual Christmas party thrown for all the California powdermen by Nelly Brown (Newton); Nelly says a few words in memory of Skipper, those words all the more sincere because years ago she lost her husband to a blast gone wrong. At the party, Gunner clumsily proposes to Mary: although he’s of her father’s generation and prattles about remembering her running around in pigtails, Mary, to her credit, doesn’t vomit on his shoes (“He’s just like my big brother,” she later says) but Continue reading