The Phantom in the House (1929)

Passed  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery  |  20 October 1929 (USA)
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A man is blamed for a murder that was actually committed by his wife.



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Cast overview:
Nancy Welford ...
Dorothy Milburn
Henry B. Walthall ...
Boyd Milburn (as Henry Walthall)
Grace Valentine ...
Peggy Milburn
Jack Curtis ...
'Biffer' Bill
Thomas A. Curran ...
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An inventor takes the blame for a killing his wife committed and serves a long prison sentence. Upon his release he returns, he returns as a 'family friend,' hoping to get to know his now-grown daughter who thinks he is dead. His wife is doing rather well, thank you, from the proceeds of his inventions. but does not seem all that enthused about his return, plus there is an oil-can-harry, gold-digging-gigolo Marquis courting his daughter...and, then, another murder. Will Papa take the fall, this time? Written by Les Adams <>

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Release Date:

20 October 1929 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

O Homem Fantasma  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Time has been very unkind to this potboiling melodrama. Viewed today its too static and clichéd
16 January 2008 | by (Glen Cove, New York) – See all my reviews

When a male friend tries to take advantage of a woman she kills him in order to protect her honor. Her husband rushes her way just as the police arrive and ends up taking the rap for her. 15 years later he returns home, his wife rich with the money from his inventions, and his daughter believing he's dead. As he tries to get his life back complications arise which threaten the lives of his wife and child.

Slow melodrama this film suffers from being made in the early early days of sound. Scenes are often static (though not as static as some other films of the period) with the result the movie feels like its moving at a snails pace. The script isn't bad but it feels more like a mannered play than anything thats real. The dialog is either a pronouncement or an attempt at witticism which more often falls flat. The cast is a mixed bag. To be certain stalwarts like Henry Walthall and Ricardo Cortez show every reason why they had long careers, others clearly were hired because they could speak. This is not the sort of thing one really needs to see unless you are in need of sleep.

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