Frank Readick

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Frank Marvin Readick Jr. (November 6, 1896, Seattle, Washington — December 27, 1965[1]) was an American radio and film actor.[2]

He is well known for his evil laughter followed the introduction from The Shadow radio drama: "Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows!". Readick replaced James La Curto to perform The Shadow narrator in the Detective Story Hour (the precursor of The Shadow) in 1930, four months after the launch of the series when La Curto went for a Broadway role.[3] This signature line remained intact in The Shadow even after Orson Welles succeeded Readick.[4][5]

He later played the doomed CBS reporter Carl Phillips in the 1938 radio production of The War of the Worlds. Readick modeled his performance on WLS reporter Herbert Morrison's coverage of the Hindenburg disaster the previous year.

Readick would later appear alongside his War of the Worlds co-star and Mercury Theatre director Orson Welles in Citizen Kane (1941) and Journey into Fear (1943).

He was also known for House of Mystery (1931) and A Burglar to the Rescue (1931).

He died in 1965 in the USA.


  1. ^ Frank Readick at[unreliable source?]
  2. ^ Frank Readick on IMDb
  3. ^ he Concise Encyclopedia of American Radio, Routledge, 2010, ISBN 1135176833, p. 257
  4. ^ "Stalking the Silverscreen Shadow!", by Anthony Tollin
  5. ^ p. 31