Directed by: Russell Mulcahey
Starring: Alec Baldwin, John Lone, Penelope Ann Miller
Damn, this movie is just a watering hole for B-list character actors! And even apart from the James Hongs and Tim Currys (and Frank Welker as a growling knife!), you’ve got some smaller parts by Peter Boyle, Jonathan Winters, and Sir Ian McKellen! It’s too much excitement for just one day, I’m tellin’ ya.
Lamont Cranston used to be a murderous opium dealer in the Far East before receiving training from some Tibetan monks in the art of telepathy and “fogging men’s minds”. Now he fights crime as The Shadow, and he’s up against the last descendant of Genghis Khan who has similar type powers. He’s hypnotized Ian McKellen into building an atomic bomb for him, which he intends to blow up New York City with. All the Shadow has to fight this terror are a psychic woman who won’t leave him alone, a web of informants covering every conceivable job in town, and his own equivalent powers!
The Shadow actually has some pretty neat powers, and they did a good job of using them effectively in a movie. You’d think that wouldn’t be something you’d need to remark about, but it’s weirdly uncommon. Also, Alec Baldwin actually does a pretty good job, and his laugh is spot-on. I don’t know if they did any treatment to it in post, but it was perfect.