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Midnight Phantom (1935)

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A newly hired police chief vows to clean up a notoriously corrupt police department. When he is murdered, investigators find that there is no shortage of suspects, most of them being fellow cops.

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Prof. David Graham
Claudia Dell ...
Diana Sullivan (misspelled Diane Sullivan
Lloyd Hughes ...
Lieut. Dan Burke
Jim Farley ...
Chief James A. Sullivan (as James Farley)
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Kathleen Ryan
Mary Foy ...
Mary Ryan
John Elliott ...
Capt. Bill Withers
Francis Sayles ...
Police Surgeon Kelly
Al St. John ...
Radio Officer Jones
Henry Roquemore ...
Dr. McNeil
Lee Prather ...
Capt. Perkins
Robert Walker ...
Capt. Jim Phillips
Jack Kenny ...
Inspector Silverstein
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A newly hired police chief vows to clean up a notoriously corrupt police department. When he is murdered, investigators find that there is no shortage of suspects, most of them being fellow cops.

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AN UNSEEN HAND SPREADING TERROR (original one-sheet poster)

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27 November 1935 (USA)  »

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To fantasma tou mesonyktiou  »

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Somewhere in this 60 minute yawn there's a 10 minute film
21 July 2012 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Dreary tale of nothing that centres around a city police precinct in which the cranky chief (Farley) becomes the target of an apparently disgruntled regional captain, while his daughter (Dell) frets about her imminent marriage to precinct hotshot (Hughes) whose younger brother was exposed to be a criminal, tainting both his position in the Force and with his future wife and in-law.

Reginald Denny co-stars as the charismatic, cigar-making professor who can diagnose a criminal from just a line-up, a performance he duly displays for the precinct at midnight leading to the anti-climactic five-minute whodunit. The final five minutes treats the audience to a pointless epilogue involving a picnic; something to which you can look forward. As for the first fifty minutes, there's very little material on which to comment, just Farley berating his captains for their ineptitude and remonstrating with Hughes over the shame his criminal family name will bring onto his only daughter. It's an aimless soap opera.

Still not too sure why Denny appears in this film given his relative stature, though his performance is assured where those of his peers in this film leave more than a little to be desired - two obvious line fluffs and frequent jump cuts suggesting a very amateurish production is in the making. Even by mid-thirties poverty row standards, the "Midnight Phantom" is a late-night yawn.


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