Trivia: The Shadow
- Actor Allusion: Peter Boyle as a Taxi Driver.
- Covered Up: The theme song "Original Sin" was originally the title track for a Pandora's Box album written and produced by Jim Steinman and was later more famously covered by his frequent collaborator Meat Loaf (with some lyrical alterations: only the movie version features lines about "who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men").
- Fake American: Tim Curry as Farley Claymore.
- Hey, It's That Guy!:
- Alec Baldwin. Ian McKellen. Tim Curry. Need I say more?
- Yes, actually. Lamont's driver is Raymond's dad. The museum security guard is Neelix.
- Al Leong (Die Hard/Lethal Weapon/Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure) helps kidnap Po's dad.
- The hypnotized taxi driver is Carl.
- Shiwan Khan took about 40,000 years to get to the museum.
- Dr. Tam is Uncle. He was also Kenji, the man who designed Peepers and Zoom.
- Margo Lane will later be known as Mary Kay LeTourneau, at least if a Lifetime Movie of the Week is anything to go by.
- "Hey, Willie! Why are you working at a museum?"
- Speaking of aliens on Earth, Lamont's uncle once had Mork from Ork as his fat-er, I mean mot-um, as his parent.
- Hey, It's That Voice!: Frank Welker as the Phurba.
- Money, Dear Boy: This was one of the movies Sir Ian McKellen starred in to fund his film adaptation of Richard III.
- Playing Against Type: Tim Curry, the mighty Lord of Darkness and charismatic Sweet Transvestite playing an oily, sycophantic Gríma Wormtongue character.
- Prop Recycling: The Phurba is the same knife from The Golden Child. Replicas of the Phurba have been made as tie-ins to The Shadow.
- What Could Have Been:
- The shooting script had a longer chase scene in the Hall of Mirrors, including flashbacks and banter. However, an earthquake destroyed some of the mirrors, making the full scene too expensive.
- Sam Raimi wanted to follow up Evil Dead 2 with this but was unable to get the rights. Instead, he directed Darkman, using some of the ideas he had for his version of the story.
- The Other Darrin: Tim Kitzrow provides the voice for Lamont Cranston/The Shadow, though Baldwin's speech from the film itself appears as well.
Pulps and Radio
- Actor Allusion: Possibly. In his later years, Orson Welles's outfit of choice when appearing in public was loose-fitting black, oftentimes with a cloak and matching fedora. No red scarf, though. In The Third Man he wore a black coat and fedora like The Shadow.
- Amusingly, The Shadow as depicted on radio never wore a costume.
- Defictionalization: The Shadow actually began as just the host character of a radio adaptation of the Detective Story magazine. When people kept asking for his non-existent magazine, Street and Smith ended up creating one with Walter Gibson as the main writer.
- Enforced Method Acting: Orson Welles never once read the scripts before recording, so whenever Lamont sounds surprised you can be sure it's genuine.
- Executive Meddling: Worried that the character was getting too powerful and too difficult to challenge, the writers were ordered to scale back the character's powers to just invisibility (and that they add in weaknesses to even that), and restricting Cranston to using invisibility only twice an episode (at the halfway mark and right at the end).
- Hey, It's That Voice!: The original Lamont Cranston was none other than Orson Welles.
- The original Margo Lane was played by Agnes Moorhead, who later played Endora on Bewitched.
- The original voice actor for cab driver Moe "Shrevie" Shrevnitz was Alan Reed, otherwise known as the voice of Fred Flintstone. Reed also often played other Large Ham characters, especially villains.
- After Welles left the show, Bill Johnstone took over the role. While not very well-known today, he was a prolific radio actor and showed up in a lot of shows of the time, most regularly as Dr. Franz, sidekick and mentor to the radio Blue Beetle, and he even had a major role in the very first Orson Welles episode of the Shadow (as a man falsely accused of murder) and turned up in other roles on the show even after he left the lead role.
- Likewise, Shrevie was played by several voice actors after Reed, including The Winter Warlock / Captain Cully, Keenan Wynn.
- On a side note, when Welles did his infamous War of the Worlds radio show, many younger viewers realized it wasn't real because they reconsidered the "reporter's" voice being the same as The Shadow's.
- The Other Darrin: The radio Shadow was played by several different actors. Same with the radio Margo.