The Shadow, 1994
Welcome back to another edition of Saturday Night Movie Sleepovers! This week J. Blake and Dion Baia are celebrating their 4th anniversary of the SNMS Podcast! Keeping with the past anniversary episode themes, the boys have decided to cover the Alec Baldwin-helmed big screen production of The Shadow, from 1994!
Dion and Blake attempt to dissect this long-established property by going back to its roots in the Walter B. Gibson-penned pulp novels, trying to coherently lay out the different timelines of The Shadow from the radio, in print, and on both the large and small screens. They unpack the elaborate history of the man in black, drawing links to what was actually going on in the world during the early 20th century, and how the character went on to influence one of the most famous superheroes ever created. It’s another educational, hilarious and exciting anniversary-installment of Saturday Night Movie Sleepovers!
Check out this amazing book that Blake referenced in the cast, called The Shadow Scrapbook, published in 1979!
Take a look at some of this incredible artwork right out of Blake’s stash in the SNMS Archives, of The Shadow!
As Dion and Blake have proudly endorsed in the past, to begin your journey exploring the labyrinth of Old Time Radio, click here.
And to check out the The Shadow Radio Program directly, click here!
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First lemme say…HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! I hope there’s many more anniversaries to come because this is a podcast I could never get tired of. Second…YES!!! I was so happy you to see you guys went with The Shadow. It keeps with the theme of previous anniversary episodes.
The marketing for this was strong in 1994 and I remember wanting to see it knowing very little of the character. While I didn’t see it that summer, I did get the action figure that had Alec Baldwin turn into The Shadow. And thanks to PPV, I got to see it for my birthday the following year. I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for this movie and I’ve grown to appreciate it more when I got older when I really got into pulps and the Wold Newton Universe.
I’m saving this episode for later today when I go food shopping and have to walk the cart back home (The Shadow may get free cab rides, but I don’t have psychic abilities) but I wanted to write this here now to say happy anniversary!
P.S. If you guys do The Phantom or The Mask of Zorro for next year’s anniversary, my brain will explode with excitement lol