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Phantom Lady (1944)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 28 January 1944 (USA)
A beautiful secretary risks her life to try to find the elusive woman who may prove her boss didn't murder his selfish wife.

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Storyline

Unhappily married Scott Henderson spends the evening on a no-name basis with a hat-wearing woman he picked up in a bar. Returning home, he finds his wife strangled and becomes the prime suspect in her murder. Every effort to establish his alibi fails; oddly no one seems to remember seeing the phantom lady (or her hat). In prison, Scott gives up hope but his faithful secretary, "Kansas," doggedly follows evanescent clues through shadowy nocturnal streets. Can she save Scott in time? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Condemned to Hang  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In a one-line throw-away, Cyril Delevanti (as Claude) remarks to a limbering dancer that he'd been called by Barrymore the greatest Prospero of his day. It seems more than coincidental that the father of Cyril Delevanti was named Edward Prospero Richard Delevanti (1859-1911). See more »

Goofs

When Jack, Carol, and Burgess are in the dressing room, there is only light from the few bulbs around the makeup mirrors. Right after Carol leaves, the lighting of the entire set changes and the room is much brighter with light coming from several different directions. Also, some of the bulbs around the mirrors that were previously missing from their sockets are suddenly present. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Ann Terry: [to bartender] Give me a nickel, please.
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Crazy Credits

In "Frieda" (1947), outside a cinema, Mai Zetterling and David Farrar stand talking before a poster of "Phantom Lady," which they had been watching in the previous scene. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Saboteur: A Closer Look (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Chick-ee-Chick
(1944) (uncredited)
Music by Jacques Press
Lyrics by Eddie Cherkose
Performed by Aurora Miranda and showgirls at the Casino
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oh, that scene on the elevated train

Elisha Cook at the drums and Ella Raines waiting for the train... that's all you need for this one. A memorable film that 99% of the public knows nothing about. Should be must-viewing for film noir buffs. And for those turned off by film noir... guarantee you'll love it even more.


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