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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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(as B.B. Ray)

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(story and screenplay) (as Jack Neville)
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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
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Capt. Bill Withers
Francis Sayles ...
Police Surgeon Kelly
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Radio Officer Jones
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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Mystery

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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 »

Goofs

In the bandit chase scene you can see several instances of the camera car/truck shadow. See more »

Connections

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

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Just Terrible, But Quotable!
5 November 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is the creme de la creme of awful. It is the slowest moving, dullest thing on four legs. The first third of the film takes place in the office of the police chief, a windbag who calls people in and berates them for various reasons. He apparently is under fire from politicians. There are so many substrains, most of which are unrelated and have nothing to do with a plot. At one point the young male lead kills his own brother and is then not allowed to marry the chief's daughter because he didn't disclose his connection to a criminal. If you watch the film, you'd know that he just found out as the guy was dying. There are others. The chief has a secretary half his age, the daughter of one of the ugliest women I've ever seen. The old lady is a policewoman and insists the chief marry her daughter because the two have been seen together. Then there is this hilarious scene where a series of prisoners are paraded in front of criminologist Reginald Denny. He comments on their criminal appearance (shifty eyes and lack of ambition, for example), and tells what their traits are. He hits on all cylinders. Reefer Madness has nothing on this one. I'm so happy I got to see it and would like to watch it with friends. It's so sincere and so awful.


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