"Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows!" From 1930-1954, the wealthy Lamont Cranston was one of the best-known characters on radio, using his mystical powers to fight crime. The only person who knew The Shadow's true identity was his "friend and companion, the lovely Margot Lane" ...
"The weed of crime bears bitter fruit. Crime does not pay! The Shadow knows!"
I'd never heard of The Shadow until last night when I came across a radio play called "The Chess Club Murders" while browsing i-tunes for anything connected with our favourite game. I couldn't resist the dialogue from the preview clip ...
Margot Lane: Why the hurry to get to the club Lamont?
Lamont Cranston: I'm due there right now for a directors meeting.
ML: (laughing) Oh Lamont, that's the dullest thing I've ever heard of. A directors meeting in a chess club.
LC: There's nothing dull about it. You see there's quite a feud going on down there. It may split the club wide open.
ML: Ooh it sounds momentous. What's the trouble is somebody trying to change the colour of the squares?
LC: Alright, alright. Have your fun.
ML: Well what else could a chess club feud be about?
... and immediately splurged all of £0.95 to download the entire episode.
I was feeling very pleased with my bargain until I discovered this website and found that you can listen to the whole thing for free.
It's 29 minutes long. Go on. You know you want to.