The Vanishing Shadow

The Vanishing Shadow
Directed by Lew Landers
Produced by Henry MacRae
Written by Basil Dickey
George Morgan
Ella O'Neill
Het Mannheim
Music by Edward Ward
Cinematography Richard Fryer
Edited by Saul A. Goodkind (supervisor)
Alvin Todd
Edward Todd
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release dates
  • April 23, 1934 (1934-04-23)
Running time
12 chapters (242 min)
Country United States
Language English
The Vanishing Shadow, Chapter 1

The Vanishing Shadow (1934) is a Universal film serial.


Stanley Stanfield is the inventor of the Vanishing Ray, a wearable device which, when active, leaves only the user's shadow still visible. After meeting with a fellow scientist, Carl Van Dorn, a prototype is built. Stanley intends to sell bonds to finance his invention. He inherited them from his late father, an editor for the Tribune newspaper, but the stockbroker he meets is corruptly involved with Wade Barnett, the businessman who hounded Stanley's father to his death. Barnett wants the bonds and will go to any length to acquire them. A conflict ensues between Stanley and Barnett. However, Stanley's new girlfriend, Gloria Grant, is really Gloria Barnett, his enemy's estranged daughter. Neither hero nor villain wants to hurt Gloria and must work around this in their struggle. Many science fiction gadgets, including a robot and The Destroying Ray, also feature.

Dorgan, Barnett's "spear-point heavy", is unhappy with having to hold back to protect Gloria. Eventually he captures both Stanley and Gloria but blackmails his boss to ensure her safety. Barnett turns up with both the ransom money and the police but he is shot in the fight. Before dying, he makes his peace with his daughter. Gloria and Stanley finally marry and take over operation of the Tribune.


Chapter titles

  1. Accused of Murder
  2. The Destroying Ray
  3. The Avalanche
  4. Trapped
  5. Hurled from the Sky
  6. Chain Lightning
  7. The Tragic Crash
  8. The Shadow of Death
  9. Blazing Bulkheads
  10. The Iron Death
  11. The Juggernaut
  12. Retribution


See also


  1. Cline, William C. (1984). "Filmography". In the Nick of Time. McFarland & Company, Inc. p. 210. ISBN 0-7864-0471-X.
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Preceded by
Pirate Treasure (1934)
Universal Serial
The Vanishing Shadow (1934)
Succeeded by
The Red Rider (1934)
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