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The Phantom of Crestwood (1932)

Passed  -  Crime | Mystery  -  14 October 1932 (USA)
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Jenny Wren coerces banker Priam Andes to have a dinner party at his shorefront estate Crestwood, and instructs him to invite three other men, each of whom she plans to extort money from. ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Karen Morley ...
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Esther Wren
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Faith Andes
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Priam Andes
Sam Hardy ...
Pete Harris
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Dorothy Mears
Richard 'Skeets' Gallagher ...
Eddie Mack (as Skeets Gallagher)
Robert McWade ...
Herbert Walcott
Gavin Gordon ...
Will Jones
Robert Elliott ...
Police Detective
Ivan F. Simpson ...
Mr. Vayne (as Ivan Simpson)
Hilda Vaughn ...
Mrs. Carter
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The Cat
Matty Kemp ...
Frank Andes
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Storyline

Jenny Wren coerces banker Priam Andes to have a dinner party at his shorefront estate Crestwood, and instructs him to invite three other men, each of whom she plans to extort money from. Jenny plans to retire to Europe after a life of involvement with wealthy and influential men. Also at the party, among others, are Jenny's sister Esther and her fiance, scion of the Andes' family. But death also attends and Jenny's plans are thwarted. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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WHO KILLED JENNY WREN? (original poster - all caps) See more »

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Crime | Mystery

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14 October 1932 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

O Fantasma de Crestwood  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The film was originally presented as a radio serial with the final episode left out! If the listener wanted to know the ending, they had to watch the film. See more »

Crazy Credits

Just before the opening credits, radio announcer Graham McNamee announces the introduction of the film. See more »

Soundtracks

Auld Lang Syne
(1788) (uncredited)
Traditional Scottish music
Lyrics by Robert Burns
Partially sung a cappella by Richard 'Skeets' Gallagher at the party
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Really good but forgotten murder/mystery
14 January 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

1932 murder/mystery movie which takes place on a dark and stormy night (of course) and in a "country house" which looks like a castle (don't they all?). Actually this was based on a 1932 radio show which played for (I believe) 6 weeks. It ended with a murder unsolved--to find out who the killer is, you had to see this movie. It's still very easy to follow--you don't have to know the radio show to understand this.

It's lots of fun--there are plenty of suspects, film moves like lightning, has a few very scary moments (the appearances of the "phantom"), an eye-catching flashback technique and a pretty good performance by tall and very handsome Ricardo Cortez. Sometimes the age of this film shows (especially in the outdoor scenes) but, most of the time, it looks great.

This is (unfortunately) a little known film--it pops up on TCM occasionally but that's about it. If you get a chance, see it! It's incredible how this film still holds up after 70 years.


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