International Crime (1938)

STARRING:
Astrid Allwyn, Rod La Rocque
DIRECTED BY:
Charles Lamont
GENRE:
Mystery
A multifaceted mystery full of shocking twists and turns, this is one of the earliest onscreen appearances of the detective figure known as “The Shadow.” The story follows Lamont Cranston (Rod La Rocque), an amateur criminologist and detective who gets tangled up in a web of deception and danger when he sets out to capture an infamous safe cracker. A wildly popular print and radio character birthed in pulp novels of the 1930s, The Shadow left such an enduring impression on the American public that he spawned a film adaptation starring Alec Baldwin more than 60 years after the character’s genesis. (BW)