Friday, June 19, 2009

Friday's Favorite OTR

The Shadow: “Drum of Obi” 10/24/48

A man buys a coffin, orders it delivered to his home that night, explains to the funeral parlor guy that the coffin is for himself, then gets killed by a hit-and-run driver a few moments later.

At first, it seems as if a voodoo curse is at work. But Lamont Cranston doesn’t believe in such things and soon a more “traditional” motive and suspect are uncovered.

Like many of the best Shadow episodes, this one manages to generate a really creepy atmosphere when it appears that something supernatural is going on, then morph gradually into a more straightforward murder mystery without becoming any less eerie. The rather ghastly end to the killer adds to the creepiness factor, making this yet another rewarding episode of this excellent series.

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