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Murder by the Dead
Radio information

Blue Coal

  • Orson Welles
  • Agnes Moorehead
Aired date

October 17, 1937

Running time

30 min

Preceded by

Danger in the Dark (Radio Show)

Followed by

The Temple Bells of Neban (Radio Show)

Plot[edit | edit source]

After the verdict is read at a criminal's trial, a judge and D. A. are threatened by the condemned man. The convict is then hanged.

Later, the judge is murdered, as is the district attorney. The stakes are high when the jury foreman, who is next on the killer's list, happens to be Margot Lane's father. How is the dead man following through with his threat? Can he be stopped? The Shadow knows.

Full Cast[edit | edit source]

Featured Characters:


  • Peter Swift (dies twice)
  • Dr. Craig (suicide)

Other Characters:

  • Commissioner Weston
  • Cardona
  • Ross Lane (Margo's father)
  • Jenkins (Mr. Lane's chauffeur)
  • Sgt. Riley
  • Judge Clyde (dies)
  • Ms. Taylor (Judge Clyde's housekeeper)
  • District Attorney Stowe (dies)


  • New York City

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