The Shadow of Silk Lennox

The Shadow of Silk Lennox is a 1935 American gangster film directed by Ray Kirkwood and Jack Nelson. It starred Lon Chaney Jr before his breakthrough into horror films.


John Arthur Lennox is an underworld chieftain who runs a nightclub where society patrons come to rub elbows with the criminal set. He is nicknamed Silk because of his fondness for the expression that things are "fine as silk". From the club he directs a violent $50,000 bank heist and cheekily invites in two detectives to establish his alibi. While the robbery is going on, he gets his new singer Jimmy Lambert to play a recording over the intercom that makes it appear as if his men are on the premises.