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Phantom Killer -- A mute goes on the witness stand to provide alibis for his homicidal twin brother.


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Release Date:
2 October 1942 (USA) See more »
Well-known philanthropist and deaf-mute John G. Harrison is identified leaving the scene of several... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Dick Purcell ... Edward Arlington Clark

Joan Woodbury ... 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 ... Kelsey
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Victor Adamson ... City Hall Janitor (uncredited)

Directed by
William Beaudine 
Writing credits
Karl Brown (screenplay)

Albert DeMond  story (uncredited)

Produced by
A.W. Hackel .... producer
Cinematography by
Marcel Le Picard 
Film Editing by
Jack Ogilvie 
Production Management
Ben Gutterman .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Richard L'Estrange .... assistant director (as Dick L'Estrange)
Sound Department
Glen Glenn .... sound engineer
Music Department
Frank Sanucci .... musical director


Additional Details

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61 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
USA:Approved (MPPDA #8022)

Did You Know?

The title was recycled from an earlier Bela Lugosi film. It had been the working title for Invisible Ghost (1941), which was released the previous year.See more »
Barbara 'Babs' Mason:It's as clear as the nose on Jimmy Durante's face.See more »
Movie Connections:
Remake of The Sphinx (1933)See more »


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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
It's Mantan not Rochester, 19 January 2013
Author: estabansmythe from Azusa, CA

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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