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Invisible Ghost (1941)

Approved  |   |  Horror, Thriller  |  25 April 1941 (USA)
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The town's leading citizen becomes a homicidal maniac after his wife deserts him.

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Mr. Kessler
Polly Ann Young ...
Virginia
John McGuire ...
Ralph / Paul
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Evans
Terry Walker ...
Cecile
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Mrs. Kessler
Ernie Adams ...
Jules
George Pembroke ...
Williams
Ottola Nesmith ...
Mrs. Mason (as Ollola Nesmith)
Fred Kelsey ...
Ryan
Jack Mulhall ...
Tim
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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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Murder by the Stars  »

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The first press releases of the film referred to the film as "Murder by the Stars" and "Phantom Monster," and it was filmed under the working title "The Phantom Killer." 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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Evans the Butler: [to Cecile] If it's exercise you want, you can get plenty of that in the kitchen.
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The invisible plot.
9 April 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Another cheapie from Monogram, once again casting Lugosi as a hypnotic murderer, lit from below as is expected. This time, however, he's the innocent victim, entranced by the sight of his 'dead' wife who appears beneath his window and seemingly 'commands' him to kill (rather surreptitiously and for a reason not fully explained). Indeed, most of the plot isn't really fully explained, but it's academic. Instead of the plot, concentrate on the director's unusual flair, and the writers' penchant for a decent gag or two. It's these that elevate this slightly above the rest of its kind. Some interesting panning between rooms, and behind furniture, and a memorable shot of Lugosi leering direct to camera from behind his black robe show that director Lewis had, at least, a modicum of creativity. There's also a wicked sense of humour that takes you by surprise, and is handled well enough to complement the thriller element. Sadly, the performances are mundane, especially Lugosi, who, once again mugs and grimaces his way through the part. The film is stolen by Clarence Muse, superb as the amenable butler, Evans - although he does get all the best lines.


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