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The Phantom Light (1935)

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A lighthouse keeper has been murdered in mysterious circumstances and, during the ensuing investigation a Phantom Light keeps appearing at the scene of his death.

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Binnie Hale ...
Gordon Harker ...
Donald Calthrop ...
Milton Rosmer ...
Dr. Carey
Ian Hunter ...
Jim Pearce
Herbert Lomas ...
Claff Owen
Reginald Tate ...
Barry O'Neill ...
Capt. Pearce
Mickey Brantford ...
Bob Peters
Alice O'Day ...
Mrs. Owen
Fewlass Llewellyn ...
Griffith Owen
Edgar K. Bruce ...
Sgt. Owen
Louie Emery ...
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A lighthouse keeper has been murdered in mysterious circumstances and, during the ensuing investigation a Phantom Light keeps appearing at the scene of his death. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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Mystery | Thriller

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5 August 1935 (UK)  »

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La luce fantasma  »

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Trivia

When Alice Bright (Binnie Hale) remarks that she had just been performing in a play, Sam Higgins (Gordon Harker) retorts, "East Lynne?" This is a reference to the oft produced play and movie of Mrs. Henry Wood's novel of the same name. "East Lynne" was enjoyed for its mad plot and frequently incomprehensible dialogue. See more »

Quotes

Claff Owen: Opens the door with invisible hands and vanishes.
Sam Higgins: Don't be silly. How can you vanish if you're invisible? If you're invisible you're vanished before you've started.
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Referenced in Dad's Army: Put That Light Out! (1970) See more »

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Ajax Shipwreck
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Music by Julien Porret
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Fondly familiar family fare
3 January 2005 | by (Derby, UK) – See all my reviews

In '30's British films I've always liked the mix of pithy Music Hall humour, mild ghostliness, a frisson of sex, and manly London chaps saving the day, all displayed perfectly in the Phantom Light. Director Michael Powell's best stuff was yet to come of course, but this can be seen as him still learning his craft practising with more inconsequential trifles.

Gordon Harker here shines with some cracking comedy lines handed to him, as the new lighthouse-keeper at a rather ... insular Welsh coastal village, apparently 200 years behind the times with Wrecking ships on the rocks still big business. Ian Hunter is the manly Londoner with all the brains ... er, I think this was his last British film until after the War ended. He was the best King Richard Hollywood ever had! Until the last reel Binnie Hale has no brains but admirably compensates with long legs. Herbert Lomas perfects the character he particularly re-used later in Ask a Policeman and The Ghost Train - he was even back in Powell & Pressburger's I Know Where I'm Going! But the film that borrowed the most from this was Arthur Askey's Back Room Boy from '42, it even looked the same inside the lighthouse!

A pleasant 75 minutes spent in the company of familiar faces and story.


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