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The Phantom in the House (1929)

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



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Cast overview:
Nancy Welford ...
Dorothy Milburn
Boyd Milburn (as Henry Walthall)
Peggy Milburn
Jack Curtis ...
'Biffer' Bill
Thomas A. Curran ...
Judge Thompson (as Thomas Curran)
John Beck
Police Captain
Henry Roquemore


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 <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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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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very interesting old early talkie
18 December 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Not a bad effort for its era. People seeing the audience reaction in "Singin' In the Rain" are seeing an anachronism.That would be the reaction of a 1950 audience used to perfected talking pictures.But for audiences accustomed to silent movies,even imperfect sound was marvelous,making complicated plots like this far more practical than with silents. As others said, Henry Walthall and Ricardo Cortez give very professional performances. The film of course is "stagy", partly due to the limitations of sound equipment at the time but more due to the type of story it was.Even later efforts like"The Mask of Demetrius" were just about as stagy because of the nature of the plot. For one thing, this and other movies allow us to see basically what a stage melodrama of the period was like,something almost impossible to completely duplicate today,because todays actors simply didn't grow up in that old tradition. Still, the sets are very interesting, and it is somewhat filmic, allowing scenes and shots such as closeups that stage can't provide, so it is better than merely a filmed stage play. All in all a rather interesting movie.

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