LASER DISC MOVIE THE SHADOW
- Media Condition New - Factory Sealed
- Genre Adventure
- Item # 62698767
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Following the First World War, Lamont Cranston sets himself up as a drug kingpin and warlord in Tibet. The Tulku, a holy man who exhibits otherworldly powers, has his servants abduct him and offers Cranston a chance to redeem himself and become a force for good. Believing himself irredeemable, Cranston initially refuses and is attacked by the Tulku's Phurba, a mystical flying dagger. Ultimately, Cranston becomes the Tulku's student and learns how to hypnotize others and bend their perceptions so that he becomes invisible, save for his shadow.
Cranston returns to New York City seven years later and resumes his former life as a wealthy playboy, while secretly operating as The Shadow—a vigilante who terrorizes the city's underworld. He recruits some of the people he saves from criminals to act as his agents, providing him with information and specialist knowledge. Cranston's secret identity is endangered upon meeting Margo Lane, a socialite who is also telepathic.
Shiwan Khan, a rogue protégé of the Tulku, arrives in New York inside Genghis Khan's sarcophagus. As Khan's last descendant, Shiwan plans to fulfill his ancestor's ambitions of world domination. He proposes an alliance to Cranston, who refuses. After acquiring a rare coin from Khan, Cranston learns that it is made of bronzium, a metal that theoretically could generate a nuclear explosion, and that Margo's father Reinhardt — a scientist working on energy research for the War Department — has become uncharacteristically reclusive and aloof. Cranston deduces that Khan has hypnotized Reinhardt to create an atomic bomb.
Khan hypnotizes Margo and commands her to kill The Shadow. Cranston breaks Khan's hypnotic hold on her, but she learns his secret identity. Reinhardt's assistant Farley Claymore allies with Khan to produce a working bomb, which Khan uses to hold New York at ransom. The Shadow discovers Khan's location: the luxurious Hotel Monolith, a building in the middle of the city that Khan has rendered forgotten and invisible to everyone. Upon entering the hotel for a final showdown with Khan, The Shadow is subdued by the Phurba before he turns it against Khan, disrupting Khan's hypnotic control over Reinhardt and the city. While Margo and Reinhardt disarm the bomb, The Shadow pursues Khan into the bowels of the building and defeats him by hurling a broken shard of glass into his frontal lobe.
Khan awakens in the padded cell of a mental hospital. One of the doctors (also an agent of The Shadow) tells Khan that they were able to save his life by removing a part of his brain, removing Khan's psychic abilities. Cranston and Margo begin a relationship and join forces to fight the criminal underworld.