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The Phantom Light (1935)

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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Tom Evans
Barry O'Neill ...
Capt. Pearce
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Alice O'Day ...
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Fewlass Llewellyn ...
Griffith Owen
Edgar K. Bruce ...
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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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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 »

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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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Fisherman's Song
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Ghostly goings on in the gloaming.
26 June 2000 | by (Melbourne, Australia) – See all my reviews

There's a nice undercurrent of comedy running through this otherwise standard mystery story. Set in a "haunted" lighthouse on the supposedly lonely Welsh coast, there seems to be a remarkable crowd of characters bumping into each other at every turn. The plot starts out promisingly with much talk of ghostly terror, but settles into a rather lame and predictable conclusion.

The local Welsh villagers are mercilessly satirized as dim-witted, inbred provincials, in contrast with the smarty pants Londoners who've dropped in to sort out this here ghostly nonsense. An apparently nymphomanic young blonde with no relevance to the story other than removing various items of clothing as things progress, adds to the sly humour.

There's lots of excellent location cinematography of craggy Welsh rocks and crashing waves to provide a suitably moody background.

Taking all these elements together, I came away mildly entertained, although not mentally stimulated. Good late night fun.


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