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The Phantom (1931)

Approved | | Horror, Thriller | 1 November 1931 (USA)
A group of people are stalked by a masked killer in an old mansion.


(as Alvin J. Neitz)


(story) (as Allan James), (dialogue) (as Allan James)

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Complete credited cast:
Dick Mallory (as Guinn Williams)
Tom O'Brien ...
The Thing
Dist. Atty. John Hampton
Violet Knights ...
Lucy - the Maid
Dr. Weldon
Bobby Dunn ...
Shorty - the Chauffeur
William Jackie ...
Oscar - the Lunatic

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A group of people are stalked by a masked killer in an old mansion.

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Horror | Thriller






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1 November 1931 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Shorty is holding a gun when he joins the fight in the laboratory, but Sheldon Lewis' character knocks it from his hand. In the following close-up, he's still holding the gun but freezes in fright, when Lewis chokes him and he drops the gun again. See more »

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A Worthy Watch
21 August 2011 | by See all my reviews

I would think that for the people of 1931, this would be quite a movie. The beginning (as many have already stated), was quite exciting - even by today's standards. Then the movie drags a bit.

But my reason for writing this review is only to add that the eclectic cast is worth watching. You can see the obvious influence of the silent era in their expressions and actions/reactions.

But to me, Lucy (played by Violet Knights) almost steals the show. She seems to me a very funny actress. I hope to get to see her in something else some time. However, I suspect this is probably her crowning achievement as an actress, as she made less than ten talking pictures, and was only credited in two of them. I know her acting is overboard, but her expressions and manners are worth the watching of this movie to me. Without her, I would probably give this movie only one or two stars.

The strange Swede (William Jackie?) is also a great comic in this, his only credited role (according to IMDb).

If you like unusual characters, I think this is definitely a movie worth a watch. Don't expect a great story - as others have mentioned, the plot is a bit over-used. But the cast to me is not a disappointment.

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