The Shadow (partially lost radio series; 1937-1954)

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Status: Partially Lost

The Shadow was a radio series that was created in 1937 and lasted until 1957 which followed the character of The Shadow. The series is warmly remembered for staring Orson Welles as the voice of the main character; however, the character itself is most famous as the main influence of DC Comic's Batman. [1]


Orson Welles as The Shadow.

The Shadow first appeared in 1930 as the narrator of the CBC series Detective Story Hour and later The Blue Coal Radio Revue, and retired shortly thereafter.

In 1937, Street and Smith signed a new agreement with Blue Coal, beginning a new series following the character that aired on the Mutual Broadcasting System, with Orson Welles to play the main character.


During the time of the series' syndication, archiving broadcasts was not a common practice, and 165 of the series' 665 episodes have been lost, with seasons 13, 14, 15, 16, and 18 being missing entirely.[2] Radio Spirits has recovered many transcription discs sent out to radio stations and digitized and remastered them for commercial reproduction.[3]

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