Speaking of Radio

Chuck Schaden's Conversations with the Stars Who Made it Golden


Bret Morrison

Recorded December 13th, 1973 - 36 min

Actor who starred on radio as The Shadow and also appeared in such dramas as First Nighter, Hollywood Hotel, Lux Radio Theatre and many soap operas. He was born May 5, 1912 and was 61 at the time we sat down beside a grandfather’s clock in the living room of his Hollywood, California home, sharing stories of his career that began in Chicago.  He died September 25, 1978 at age 66.

The Shadow - 2/29/48 - The Man Who Was Death

Did you enjoy the interview? Listen to Bret Morrison star as Lamont Cranston (The Shadow) in "The Man Who Was Death" on 2/29/48.


  1. Cassandra Morrison says... comment left on April 10, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    I’m glad there are so many people who remember “Uncle” (actually COUSIN) Bret. His first name was really “Burt” you know…he changed it because a gypsy said it would bring him luck.

    She was right.

  2. Frank Kowal III says... comment left on January 31, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    Another fascinating interview! I enjoyed hearing about his film-dubbing career (I never thought about radio people crossing over into that field). The joke about the “5 O’Clock SHADOW” made me giggle. I was surprised to see that he passed away just five years after this interview. Thanks for this!

  3. Martin Robinson says... comment left on November 2, 2014 at 11:55 am

    Re The Bridge is Up: Shouldn’t have been a problem. The Merchandise Mart, the Wrigley Building and the Tribune Tower are all on the North side of the river.

  4. Mike Newton says... comment left on February 7, 2016 at 6:44 pm

    You would think that Chuck Schaden would know where Morrison stopped playing the Shadow. It was Dec. 26, 1954. In fact, he introduces Morrison as being the First Nighter, when actually he was better known as the Shadow. Morrison was also interviewed by Richard Lamparski “What Ever Became Of” and Lamparski hadn’t done his homework either.