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The working title of this film was The Shadow. This was the first in a series of three films produced in 1946 by Monogram based on stories published in Shadow Magazine. All three films were produced by Joe Kaufman, written by George Callahan, photographed by William Sickner and edited by Ace Herman. Kane Richmond starred as "Lamont Cranston," Barbara Reed as "Margo Lane" and Pierre Watkin as "Commissioner Weston" in all three entries. In the second and third films, Behind the Mask and The Missing Lady, George Chandler replaced Tom Dugan as "Shevvie," and in the final film, The Missing Lady, James Flavin replaced Joseph Crehan as "Cardona."
The "Shadow" stories were first popularized on the radio in the early 1930s. Orson Welles, who played "The Shadow" in the 1937 Mutual radio shows, is perhaps the best known "Shadow." Other films based on the character created for the Shadow Magazine and written by various authors under the pseudonym Maxwell Grant, include a series of short films produced by Universal, beginning with the 1931 film A Burglar to the Rescue, directed by George Cochrane, and a 1937 Colony Pictures film titled The Shadow Strikes, starring Rod La Rocque and directed by Lynn Shores (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40; F3.3986). In 1940, Columbia produced a fifteen-episode serial based on the character of "The Shadow," starring Victor Jory and Veda Ann Borg and directed by James W. Horne. The 1994 film The Shadow, directed by Russell Mulcahy and starring Alec Baldwin, John Lone and Penelope Ann Miller was also based on the Grant character.