- The Shadow/Lamont Cranston
- Detective Sloan: A Detroit Force policeman.
- Tom Vetor: A former mobster and accused of
John Randley's murder.
- Mrs. Vetor: Tom's wife.
- Elsie Randley: Mrs. Vetor's friend and roommate.
- Lieutenant Destrow: A policeman from the Chicago
- John Rowan: A mobster and Tom Vetor's former
- Margo Lane
- Commissioner Weston
- Hospital Doctor
- Man on the Street
- Morgue Attendant
Synopsis: (Warning! Contains spoilers!)
Mobster Jerry Rowan is addressing a man pacing the room
before him. It seems that this man has a gambling debt and owes Rowan
money. As the man hears the charges, he begins to laugh maniacally, unnerving
Rowan. Suddenly, he turns on Rowan and kills him...
At the airport, Lamont and Margo are waiting for Commissioner
Weston to return from his trip. It turns out that Margo sent him a telegram
in Lamont's name asking him to return as soon as possible. At Gate 6,
where Weston's flight will arrive, Margo notices a man at Gate 3. He was
asking for Weston earlier. Lamont notes that he's at the wrong gate and
figures he'll realize his mistake soon. Weston soon joins them, and finds
out that Margo has sent him the telegram. Margo belongs to the Social
Welfare Association and promised its members that she'll get Weston to
speak to them about crime prevention and its cause and cure. Meanwhile,
there seems to be a fuss being kicked up at Gate 3. On investigation,
Detective Sloan from the Detroit force has apprehended a man. Sloan shows
Weston a police circular from Chicago with the man's picture on it. The
man's name is Tom Vetor, the man who killed Jerry Rowan. The man protests
and tells them he's not Vetor, but he's taken away by Sloan and Weston.
Margo, who hasn't gotten Weston's agreement about the speech, decides
to follow him.
At the station, the man has admitted he's Vetor but denies
that he killed Rowan, even though his fingerprints were found all over
Rowan's apartment and he was the last to see him alive. Vetor had also
broken parole and fled to Chicago. Lamont and Margo arrive, and Margo
slyly suggests to Weston that he should use the subject of Vetor at the
Social Welfare speech. Weston tells Sloan to take Vetor to another room
so he can deal with Lamont and Margo. Lamont finds that this case has
a few holes in it. For example, why had Vetor fled and then returned? Weston
dismisses Lamont. Sloan comes in, and tells him that Vetor is ready to
confess. Weston leaves to join him, leaving Lamont and a more exasperated
Margo. Lamont notes that the police circular is printed locally instead
The Shadow visits Vetor at his jail cell. Vetor still
denies he killed Rowan, in fact he didn't know he was murdered. Vetor
had visited Rowan at his apartment in the afternoon because Rowan had
called him to persuade him to rejoin the mob, but Vetor refused the offer.
That evening Vetor receives a message that his wife had left him and has
gone to Chicago. Vetor goes there, hoping to patch things up and convince
her to give him another chance. Failing to find his wife, he receives
a tip that she's in New York staying at the Carlton Hotel with her friend
Elsie Randley, so he returns. The Shadow tells him that his story won't
hold up in court, but Vetor protests his innocence.
Later, Lamont decides to take a hungry Margo to the Carlton
Hotel to visit Randley. Suddenly shots ring out and Lamont tells her to
get down. When the firing ceases, Margo realizes Lamont has been wounded,
and asks a man on the street to fetch a doctor.
In his hospital room, Lamont learns from a doctor about
how lucky he was from death. Weston appears to see how he's doing. Weston
is convinced Vetor is the killer, but Lamont disagrees. Sloan arrives
to tell them that Vetor has hung himself from a water pipe in his cell.
Around 3:00am, Shrevvy is driving both Lamont and Margo
from the hospital when Lamont asks him to stop at 6078 Front StreetThe
Morgue. Shrevvy feels a bit ill at that point but does as he's told. Leaving
Margo to look after a very green Shrevvy, Lamont goes in to view Vetor's
body. The morgue attendant, having been around corpses for a long time,
annoys Lamont with his morbid puns. Upon seeing Lamont's reaction to his
"jokes" he declares to himself that Lamont has no sense of humor.
Careful examination of Vetor's body reveals to Lamont that this was no
suicide. He decides to visit Vetor's widow.
The Shadow finds Mrs. Vetor trying unsuccessfully to
contact someone. He demands to know who it was. Mrs. Vetor tells him that
she's worried about her friend and roommate Elsie Randley; she hasn't
come home. The Shadow shows her a picture of her husband, which she immediately
identifies. She had divorced him as her love for him had died, and she
is now in love with someone else. She tells The Shadow that she will explain
it to him, but is met with the news of his death. Mrs. Vetor is shocked
and saddened. The Shadow asks her who might have been involved, but before
she can reveal anything she is shot. Even in her dying breath she knew
who had killed her but refuses to tell, as the killer "will haunt
(her) even in death".
Lamont meets up with Weston, who declares he has found
the murderer of both Rowan and Mrs. Vetor: Elsie Randley. Randley had
been Rowan's ex-girlfriend and killed him because he had given her the
"brush-off", and had also killed Mrs. Vetor because she knew.
Lamont tells him that Vetor was beaten to death. The wound on his head
is hard to spot unless you look hard enough. This was a professional job.
Lieutenant Destrow from the Chicago Detective Bureau arrives to tell them
that the police circular from their office was a forgery to cast suspicion
on Vetor. Weston, Sloan, and Destrow agree that Randley is the killer.
Lamont warns them that if something happens to her, they would all be
three frightened policemen.
Lamont tells Margo to visit Randley in her cell while
he trails Destrow. Sloan takes Margo to Randley, unbeknownst to the warden
and Weston, knowing that he might lose his job over it. Randley refuses
to tell Margo anything, but Sloan is strangely encouraging her to reveal
the killer to Margo. Sloan suddenly admits that Randley knew he was behind
it all. He had killed Rowan because of his gambling debts, then put Vetor
on a wild goose chase after his wife to pin the murder on him. He made
up a phony police circular using a picture of Vetor he stole from Mrs.
Vetor, and used it to nab Vetor at the airport. He was also the one who
killed Mrs. Vetor, and attempted to kill Lamont. Now he would get rid
of both Margo and Randley. He takes Margo to the electric chair and straps
her in. Randley tries to stop him but is knocked to the ground (she's
possibly dead at this point). As Margo screams, he turns up the electric
generator. When he looks up, he sees her limp body. Surprised that she
had succumbed to the chair so quickly, he decides to make sure she's dead
by throwing the switch. Luckily, The Shadow stops him. Sloan isn't about
to take the fall for the murders and electrocutes himself by touching
the main switch.
It seems that Margo had fainted on the electric chair,
an act which saved her life and fooled Sloan that she was already dead.
Lamont is regretful that he had trailed the wrong person and put Margo
into a death trap. He reveals that Sloan had gotten into the force with
After all this excitement, Margo's still concerned with
the Social Welfare Association meeting. Since Weston couldn't come, there
will be a new speaker: Lamont!