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The Phantom of Crestwood (1932)

Passed | | Crime, Mystery | 14 October 1932 (USA)
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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Karen Morley ...
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Faith Andes
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Priam Andes
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Dorothy Mears
Sam Hardy ...
Pete Harris
Tom Douglas ...
Allen Herrick
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Eddie Mack
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Mrs. Walcott
Robert Elliott ...
Police Detective
Ivan F. Simpson ...
Mr. Vayne (as Ivan Simpson)
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The Cat
Robert McWade ...
Herbert Walcott
Hilda Vaughn ...
Mrs. Carter
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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. 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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The most astounding crime in the history of mystery...the drama that thrilled millions on the air...Now on the screen with a million thrills! (original ad) 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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(RCA Photophone System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Jenny demands a total of $450,000 from the four men she's blackmailing. That would be the equivalent of over $7.8M in 2015. 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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Interactive mystery in 1932!
13 July 2003 | by (Hollywood CA) – See all my reviews

Other than the presence of Ricardo Cortez, who is one of those very cool actors nobody remembers, and the beautiful Karen Morley (who died in March 2003, only a couple of months ago), Crestwood is somewhat unique as it is the finale of a popular radio program. But it may also be the first interactive mystery!

According to the opening titles, radio listeners were invited to submit their storyline for the finale in a nationwide contest, with the movie to be based on their plot.

There were disclaimers, of course, and who knows what RKO really did with the winner's script, but the film deserves a place in history for the attempt at least.

Convoluted, yes. Stiff and rather lurid, perhaps. But Crestwood is an archeological clue to the once close bond between the radio and the movie theater.

At the very least, truly an "RKO Radio Picture"!


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