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Writers:
Evadne Price (play) and
Joan Roy Byford (play) ...
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Release Date:
5 August 1935 (UK) See more »
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Plot:
A lighthouse keeper has been murdered in mysterious circumstances and, during the ensuing investigation... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Fondly familiar family fare See more (10 total) »

Cast

  (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
A. Birch .... sound recordist
 
Music Department
Louis Levy .... musical director (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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76 min
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Mono (British Acoustic)
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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 »
Quotes:
[repeated line]
Alice Bright:I'm going to tell you the truth.
[but she then gives a different reason for being there each time]
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16 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Fondly familiar family fare, 3 January 2005
Author: Gary170459 from Derby, UK

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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