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Midnight Phantom (1935)

Approved | | Mystery | 27 November 1935 (USA)
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
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Diana Sullivan
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Lieut. Dan Burke
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Chief James A. Sullivan (as James Farley)
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Kathleen Ryan
Mary Foy ...
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Capt. Bill Withers
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Police Surgeon Kelly
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Henry Roquemore ...
Dr. McNeil
Lee Prather ...
Capt. Perkins
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Capt. Jim Phillips
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Inspector Silverstein (as Jack Kenny)
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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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This film is one of over 200 titles in the list of independent feature films made available for television presentation by Advance Television Pictures announced in Motion Picture Herald 4 April 1942. At this time, television broadcasting was in its infancy, almost totally curtailed by the advent of World War II, and would not continue to develop until 1945-1946. Because of poor documentation (feature films were often not identified by title in conventional sources) no record has yet been found of its initial television broadcast. It's earliest documented telecast was Wednesday 14 December 1949 on WPIX, New York City. See more »

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Alternate-language version of El crimen de media noche (1936) See more »

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A Reliable production
21 December 2013 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

1935's "Midnight Phantom" was a rare non-Western from Reliable Pictures Corporation, which lasted five years and produced 48 titles overall. Top billing goes to Reginald Denny, playing a famed criminologist who just happens to be conducting a lecture on that subject when the local police chief (James G. Farley) gets knocked off. Among the roomful of officers under suspicion, we have his daughter's fiancée, whose late brother was killed in the process of committing a crime. Then when the police surgeon claims to have discovered the murder method, he immediately keels over dead! Unfortunately, the first murder doesn't occur until the 45 minute mark of this 59 minute feature, way too much exposition for even the sturdiest movie buff. Claudia Dell's promising career never really took off, making her final appearance in a 1944 Monogram Charlie Chan, "Black Magic." In the end, Reginald Denny was perfectly cast, coming off a similar role in James Whale's sumptuous "Remember Last Night?"


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