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The Death House Rescue
Radio information

Blue Coal

  • Orson Welles
  • Agnes Moorehead
Aired date

September 26, 1937

Running time

30 min

Preceded by


Followed by

The Red Macaw (Radio Show)


A man who's looking for a job mistakenly becomes involved with a bank robbery. He is later sentenced to death for a cop killing he didn't commit. The Shadow investigates and locates a missed piece of evidence, which helps free the wrongly accused man.

Full Cast[]

Featured Characters:


  • Red Sloan (a bank robber)
  • Lefty Collins (a bank robber)

Other Characters:

  • Ray Collins as The Commissioner (1st radio appearance)
  • Bill Johnstone as Paul Gordon
  • Grace Gordon (Paul's wife)
  • Judge
  • Warden
  • Bartender
  • Louis (a police officer; dies)

Notes and References[]

  • Though this is the first radio episode of The Shadow as the main character, it is noted that he has been fighting the underworld for the past five years.
  • This episode introduces Lamont Cranston's companion Margot Lane, predating her pulp appearance by a few years.
  • Bill Johnstone plays "Paul Gordon." He would replace Orson Welles, and become the next Shadow in season two.
  • Jeanette Nolan plays "Grace Gordon." The actress later played Margot Lane in a later episode when she filled in for the seriously ill Marjorie Anderson.
  • Edward Hale Bierstadt and Walter B. Gibson collaborated on the script.
  • The radio script for "The Death House Rescue" is reprinted in The Shadow Scrapbook and features Harry Vincent. However, he is not in the radio version.