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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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Karl Brown (screenplay)
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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?

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.See more »
Movie Connections:
Remake of The Sphinx (1933)See more »


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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Seen at the scene, 25 May 2014
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

This independent B film which had a few familiar faces in the cast had some interesting elements, but in the end doesn't quite make it.

John Hamilton known better to early television fans as Perry White in the Superman series is a well known philanthropist who is seen at the scene of several murders of other people in the financial field. But he's got a nice alibi. Every time one of those murders takes place Hamilton is also seen at some public event.

Nevertheless and I think rather stupidly ace prosecutor Dick Purcell proceeds with an indictment against him with only janitor Mantan Moreland as a witness to Hamilton at the scene of a murder. No way in real life or on Law And Order would Purcell take such a flimsy case to trial.

But even when he loses Purcell continues on with the investigation even with his girlfriend, reporter Joan Woodbury giving him the horse laugh.

This film had some potential to be better than it was. But there were too many loose ends in the plot and bizarre behavior by some of the characters in the story line of Phantom Killer.

However Mantan Moreland on the witness stand is hilarious. Would that the rest of Phantom Killer was as good.

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