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Phantom Killer (1942)

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Well-known philanthropist and deaf-mute John G. Harrison is identified leaving the scene of several murders but evades successful prosecution as there are hundreds of witnesses who have ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Dick Purcell ...
Barbara Mason
John Hamilton ...
John G. Harrison
Warren Hymer ...
Police Sgt. Pete Corrigan
Mantan Moreland ...
Nicodemus (as Manton Moreland)
J. Farrell MacDonald ...
Police Captain
Gayne Whitman ...
District Attorney John W. Rogers
Kenneth Harlan ...
Police Lt. Jim Brady
George J. Lewis ...
Kramer (as George Lewis)
Karl Hackett ...
Defense Attorney
Harry Depp ...
Lester P. Cutler
Isabel La Mal ...
Mrs. Rigby - Dave's Mother (as Isabel Lamal)
Robert Carson ...
Dave Rigby
Frank Ellis ...


Well-known philanthropist and deaf-mute John G. Harrison is identified leaving the scene of several murders but evades successful prosecution as there are hundreds of witnesses who have also seen him emceeing benefits at the exact same time as the murders. Written by Doug Sederberg <>

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2 October 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Man and the Devil  »

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Although it is credited to Karl Brown, the script was actually recycled from Monogram's Lionel Atwill vehicle The Sphinx (1933). See more »


Barbara 'Babs' Mason: It's as clear as the nose on Jimmy Durante's face.
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Crazy Credits

Despite his prominent role in the film, Mantan Moreland's name is misspelled in the credits as "Manton Moreland." See more »


Remake of The Sphinx (1933) See more »

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It's Mantan not Rochester
19 January 2013 | by (Azusa, CA) – See all my reviews

This is directed to the guy who gives the kudos in "Phantom Killer" to Jack Benny's valet/chef/chauffeur/right-hand-man Eddie "Rochester" Anderson. You got it wrong, fellow. That was not Rochester playing Nicodemus, the janitor who sees a man talk who can't talk. Nope. It was the great Mantan Moreland.

BTW, this low budget Monogram 2-reeler is fun, especially if you're a fan of the dozens of Old Dark House mysteries that were produced in the 30s & 40s.

Mantan, who died in 1973 at age 71, is probably best remembered these days as Birmingham Brown, Charlie Chan's driver and cohort to Charlie's Numbers One, Two & Three sons in 14 Charlie Chan movies from 1944-1949.

Mantan also had solid roles in "King of the Zombies" (1941), "Dressed to Kill" (1941) with Lloyd Nolan as shamus Mike Shayne, "The Strange Case of Dr. RX" (1942) with another great, Lionel Atwill and many other fun films. He acted into the 1970s when he appeared in such TV series as "Love, American Style" and "Adam-12."

Mantan has deservedly been remembered in beloved fashion by many and needs to be recognized here.

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