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Phantom Lady (1944)

Passed  -  Crime | Drama | Film-Noir  -  28 January 1944 (USA)
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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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Alan Curtis ...
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Estela Monteiro (as Aurora)
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Inspector Burgess
Fay Helm ...
Ann Terry
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Cliff
Andrew Tombes ...
Bartender
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Detective Chewing Gum
Joseph Crehan ...
Detective Tom
Doris Lloyd ...
Kettisha
Virginia Brissac ...
Dr. Chase
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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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The most talked about mystery in ten years! See more »


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Release Date:

28 January 1944 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Condemned to Hang  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In the courtroom scene we see the pen of a court reporter transcribing the trial in shorthand. The date under the criminal court letterhead is August 6, 1943. This may be coincidental or an inside reference to the birthday of Ella Raines, August 6, 1920. See more »

Goofs

Near the end of the prison visit (after nearly 50 minutes of the film) Carol clearly mouths several words but her voice is not heard. See more »

Quotes

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