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Evadne Price (play) and
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5 August 1935 (UK) See more »
A lighthouse keeper has been murdered in mysterious circumstances and, during the ensuing investigation... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Binnie Hale ... Alice Bright
Gordon Harker ... Sam Higgins
Donald Calthrop ... David Owen
Milton Rosmer ... Dr. Carey

Ian Hunter ... Jim Pearce
Herbert Lomas ... Claff Owen
Reginald Tate ... Tom Evans
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 ... Station Mistress
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Anthony Holles ... Mr. Mason (uncredited)
Ernest Jay ... Railway Worker (uncredited)
John Singer ... Cabin Boy (uncredited)

Directed by
Michael Powell 
Writing credits
Evadne Price (play "The Haunted Light") and
Joan Roy Byford (play "The Haunted Light")

Ralph Smart (scenario)

Joseph Jefferson Farjeon (dialogue) (as J. Jefferson Farjeon) &
Austin Melford (dialogue)

Produced by
Jerome Jackson .... associate producer
Michael Balcon .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Charles Williams (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Roy Kellino 
Film Editing by
Derek N. Twist  (as D.N. Twist)
Art Direction by
Alex Vetchinsky  (as A. Vetchinsky)
Sound Department
Peter Birch .... sound recordist (as A. Birch)
Music Department
Louis Levy .... musical director (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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76 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (British Acoustic)

Did You Know?

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 »
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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12 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
and a blonde on the rocks, if you please, 23 April 2005
Author: ptb-8 from Australia

Very funny British Gainsborough Picture from 1935 with plenty of No-code 'damn' 'ruddy' and 'cor-blimey' -ies along with Binnie Hale's long legs and keen 'how about it' frankness, THE PHANTOM LIGHT is a bookend GHOST TRAIN fog bound mystery set on the shrouded eerie Welsh coast. The photography and settings particularly in the quaint railway scenes in reel one and the village scenes near the end offer the viewer genuine storybook pleasure in that they look completely fake but are not at all. It just happens to naturally all look like some plaster model. Lead actor, music hall star Gordon Harker has some hilarious lines - particularly the closing one: "Lummy! what a night" which would have rocked any Odeon theatre with gales of laughter. Binnie Hale is the Brit Joan Blondell, all perky and silly and ready to cut up her trousers all ready to gad about the lighthouse stairways in hotpants and high heels. Local Welsh eccentricness is on full display with plenty of Popeye style gnarling and eyeball flexing. I thought it was hilarious as (later famous) Director Michael Powell was clearly getting his actors to have fun with their roles. The local policeman is exactly like Constable Plod from the Noddy kids books..all tubby and bug eyed. It is all silly and very funny. The Warner bros pic SHH! THE OCTOPUS of 1935 is a good counterpart from the USA.

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