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The town's leading citizen becomes a homicidal maniac after his wife deserts him.

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THE PHANTOM KILLER STRIKES! Only a terrified woman knows the secret of this ghostly murderer...who strikes in the night and leaves no clues---but his victims! See more »

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Final film of Polly Ann Young. See more »

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Camera shadow on wall at approximately 36.55, as camera pans from one room to the next. See more »

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Charles Kessler: What's the matter with Miss Mannix?
Evans the Butler: I thought she was doing her exercises, but she's dead.
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Good Atmosphere-Silly Story
6 February 2003 | by (Newfoundland, Canada) – See all my reviews

The best quality this film possesses is a genuine creepy atmosphere. Especially good use of the weather (rain, stormy nights) enhances certain scenes particularly those in which Bela Lugosi's character Dr. Kessler is visited by his ghostly long-thought dead wife. Following this, Dr. Kessler is driven to unwittingly become a mad strangler. Just the result you'd expect?...no I didn't think so either.

Lugosi is actually quite good in the film and gives it his best effort. Also I felt Polly Ann Young, Betty Compson and Clarence Muse did fine jobs with what they had to work with.

The Inspector (played by George Pembroke) is an incredibly silly stereotype who comes across as thoroughly incompetent. However I did laugh when the visiting psychiatrist suggests it may be the Inspector who needs help.


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