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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.

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(as Alvin J. Neitz)

Writers:

(story) (as Allan James), (dialogue) (as Allan James)
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Dick Mallory (as Guinn Williams)
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Ruth Hampton
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Sam Crandall
Tom O'Brien ...
Police Sgt. Pat Collins
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The Thing
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Dist. Atty. John Hampton
Violet Knights ...
Lucy - the Maid
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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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(RCA Photophone System)

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1.37 : 1
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The phantom lunatic
16 June 2012 | by See all my reviews

When a dangerous killer escapes from the local gaol, police suspect he may come after the DA as retribution for his incarceration. Assigned to protect the DA (Lucas), bull-nose detective (O'Brien) settles in for a long night that ends up turning into a fracas when "The Phantom" enters the house via a secret labyrinth of ducts and concealed passages, threatening the DA's daughter (Ray) before disappearing into the night. Fortunately, novice reporter (Williams) has a hunch "The Phantom" might be heading for a local mental sanitarium leading to a terrifying encounter with the residents of the local loony-bin.

There's some mild chuckles and feint thrills in his uneven comedy-thriller, but the acting seems quite stilted at times and the tension seems to be constantly nobbled by ill-timed humour. Williams is the strongest performer as the young, assertive reporter keen to solve the mystery to earn a pay increase that will fund his ensuing matrimonials with the DA's daughter.

I found the jittery housekeeper (Knights) a tad over-bearing, her incessant shrills and dramatics becoming old very quickly, while combined with her vertically challenged boyfriend, the Chauffeur Shorty (Dunn) the pair added a touch of farce to the proceedings that I felt were unnecessary diversions (perhaps padding). Nevertheless, it's coherent and at barely one hour in duration, nothing if not efficient.


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