The Shadow Laughs (March 27, 1933)

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The Shadow Laughs
 

Released on March 27, 1933: A man in the shadows kills a bank guard during a robbery, and then kills the bank robber and the cab driver in the getaway car, and would never be caught unless a cocky newspaper reporter can track him down.

Produced by Arthur Hoerl

Directed by Arthur Hoerl

The Actors: Hal Skelly (Robin Dale, reporter), Rose Hobart (Ruth Hackett), Harry T. Morey (Police Captain Morgan), Walter Fenner (bank president Tennant), Robert Keith (George Hackett), Geoffrey Bryant (cub reporter Ryan), Harry Short (Police Inspector Clymer), John F. Morrissey (Sergeant Owens), Bram Nossen (Jack Bradshaw, owner of Club 13), Cesar Romero (Tony Rico)

 

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The New York Killer

Around 1900 there were two men experimenting with and inventing what we know as motion pictures. In Paris Louis Lumière was experimenting with moving pictures and in 1894 he created the first 'big screen' motion picture that could be viewed by an audience. In the U.S. Thomas Edison was creating the nickelodeon style machine that one person could 'peep' into and watch a short motion picture. By 1908 there were several entrepreneurs in the U.S. making short motion picture features using the camera system that was developed largely by Thomas Edison, and in an attempt to keep the production of motion pictures to himself, Edison created the Motion Picture Patents Company that included Eastman Kodak, the maker of film for Edison's camera. I am told that the company hired big thugs to 'convince' independent film makers to stop making movies that would compete with Edison's movies, and he was so successful at stopping film makers that they fled New York City for a small Los Angeles suburb called Hollywood, well beyond the reach of the thugs that would destroy their equipment. Soon Hollywood was the center of motion picture creation and the making of movies in the New York City area disappeared completely for many years. The Trojan Picture Company was a New York City based producer who filmed three movies in the city, and this is one of them. Possibly more important than the story plot are the amazing but short outdoor scenes of New York streets and automobiles from 1933. In addition to the street scenes we have an early talkie movie murder mystery. As the story opens a bank clerk is stealing a large amount of cash that includes ten one thousand dollar bills. Before the clerk can leave the bank with the loot a bank guard descends the stairs to the basement vault, and a figure in the shadows shoots the bank guard and then the shadowy figure and the bank clerk jump into a taxi and as the bank clerk thief frets about adding murder to the robbery, the man in the shadows laughs ominously, and then kills the bank clerk, and later the cab driver. It will be up to cocky newspaper reporter Robin Dale to discover who the shadow killer is, and also grab the affection of the cute bank worker Ruth, played by Rose Hobart. Keep your eyes peeled for the tall henchman Tony Rico, who is with gangster at the police station . . . . You will be watching the first big screen appearance of legendary actor Cesar Romero . . . . Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Bram Nossen and Hal Skelly
Bram Nossen and Hal Skelly
Bram Nossen
Bram Nossen
Cesar Romero, Bram Nossen and Harry T. Morey
Cesar Romero, Bram Nossen and Harry T. Morey
Geoffrey Bryant
Geoffrey Bryant
Geoffrey Bryant and Hal Skelly
Geoffrey Bryant and Hal Skelly
Geoffrey Bryant and Hal Skelly
Geoffrey Bryant and Hal Skelly
Geoffrey Bryant
Geoffrey Bryant
Hal Skelly and Bram Nossen
Hal Skelly and Bram Nossen
Hal Skelly and Geoffrey Bryant
Hal Skelly and Geoffrey Bryant
Hal Skelly and Harry T. Morey
Hal Skelly and Harry T. Morey
Hal Skelly, Rose Hobart and Harry T. Morey
Hal Skelly, Rose Hobart and Harry T. Morey
Hal Skelly and Rose Hobart
Hal Skelly and Rose Hobart
Hal Skelly meets Rose Hobart
Hal Skelly meets Rose Hobart
Hal Skelly
Hal Skelly
Harry Short, Hal Skelly and John F. Morrissey
Harry Short, Hal Skelly and John F. Morrissey
Harry Short and Harry T. Morey
Harry Short and Harry T. Morey
Harry Short
Harry Short
Harry T. Morey and Hal Skelly
Harry T. Morey and Hal Skelly
Harry T. Morey and Walter Fenner
Harry T. Morey and Walter Fenner
Robert Keith and Hal Skelly
Robert Keith and Hal Skelly
Rose Hobart
Rose Hobart
Rose Hobart and Hal Skelly
Rose Hobart and Hal Skelly
Rose Hobart and John F. Morrissey
Rose Hobart and John F. Morrissey
Walter Fenner
Al Ritz and Eddie Roberts
Rose Hobart
Rose Hobart