Bibi is a world class escape artist, but he cannot escape the false murder charge that is placed on him. Max has killed Bourrelier before he was removed from the will so that he will be ... See full summary »
Bibi is a world class escape artist, but he cannot escape the false murder charge that is placed on him. Max has killed Bourrelier before he was removed from the will so that he will be rich when he marries Cecile. Together with Vera, they put the blame on Bibi, who is a romantic rival to Max, and he is sentenced to death. But Bibi escapes before his execution and hides in Herman's secret cellar. When he learns that Max is dying, Bibi goes to his house for his confession, but Max dies before it is told to anyone else. So Bibi, has just one chance, and he goes to Dr. Gorin who will make him look like Max so that he can clear his name and put the blame where it belongs - on Max, even in death. Written by
Tony Fontana <firstname.lastname@example.org>
"The Phantom Of Paris" is a misnomer as there is no phantom in the picture. The website calls it a drama/mystery, but it basically falls under the heading of a romance story. John Gilbert is the 'title' character, an illusionist deemed unworthy of the daughter of aristocrat C. Aubrey Smith - the villain of the piece, Ian Keith, has that honor. Due to a misunderstanding, Smith is killed and the blame goes to Gilbert instead of Keith. Unfortunately, the atmosphere of tension stops at this point.
From here on Gilbert is a fugitive and the picture becomes his alone. He is quite good and almost convincing when impersonating Keith, although a leap of faith is required on the viewers part. There is no evidence of a laughable pitch to his voice, but now we have recently learned that the alleged falsetto was perpetrated by L.B. Mayer himself in retaliation for an argument between the two.
Despite the concocted ending it holds your interest right to the end, and is well-done in all respects. Leila Hyams was good as his love interest and Ian Keith was, well, villainous. It was on TCM the other morning, and you'll have to wait for it again as it is unavailable in any format.
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