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Director:
Writers:
Morgan Cox (screenplay) and
Victor McLeod (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
24 December 1943 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The most fantastic...most exciting serial ever made! (original release) See more »
Plot:
Professor Davidson (Frank Shannon) and his daughter Diana (Jeanne Bates)search Africa for the Lost City of Zoloz... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Tom Tyler ... Godfrey Prescott / The Phantom
Jeanne Bates ... Diana Palmer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ernie Adams ... Rusty Fenton (uncredited)
John Bagni ... Moku (uncredited)
Robert Barron ... King (uncredited)
Early Cantrell ... Ruby Dawn aka The Fire Princess (uncredited)

Anthony Caruso ... Count Silento (uncredited)
George Chesebro ... Marsden (uncredited)
Edmund Cobb ... Grogan (uncredited)

Iron Eyes Cody ... Native (uncredited)
Wade Crosby ... Long (uncredited)
Ángel Cruz ... Chief Zarka (uncredited)
Dick Curtis ... Tartar Chieftain (uncredited)
Joe Devlin ... Singapore Smith (uncredited)
Al Ferguson ... Thug (uncredited)
Sam Flint ... Phantom's Father (uncredited)
Sol Gorss ... Andy Kriss (uncredited)
Alex Havier ... Smith's Houseboy (uncredited)
Al Hill ... Collins (uncredited)
Reed Howes ... Tartar Guard (uncredited)
John Indrisano ... Perry (uncredited)

I. Stanford Jolley ... Watson (uncredited)
Guy Kingsford ... Byron Anderson (uncredited)
Pierce Lyden ... Paul (uncredited)
Kenneth MacDonald ... Dr. Max Bremmer (uncredited)
Knox Manning ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Paul Marion ... Rocco (uncredited)
John Maxwell ... Larkin (uncredited)
Kermit Maynard ... Drake (uncredited)
Lal Chand Mehra ... Suba (uncredited)
Ernesto Molinari ... Hotel Clerk (uncredited)
Paul Newlan ... Cates (uncredited)
Pat O'Malley ... Joe Miller (uncredited)
Eddie Parker ... Scott (uncredited)
Stanley Price ... Chief Chota (uncredited)
Frank Shannon ... Prof. Davidson (uncredited)

Jay Silverheels ... Astari Warrior (uncredited)

Anthony Warde ... Karak (uncredited)

Dan White ... Braddock (uncredited)
Ace the Wonder Dog ... Devil (uncredited)

Directed by
B. Reeves Eason 
 
Writing credits
Morgan Cox (screenplay) (as Morgan B. Cox) and
Victor McLeod (screenplay) and
Sherman L. Lowe (screenplay) (as Sherman Lowe) and
Leslie Swabacker (screenplay) (as Leslie J. Swabacker)

Lee Falk (based on the King Features newspaper cartoon by) and
Ray Moore (based on the King Features newspaper cartoon by)

Produced by
Rudolph C. Flothow .... producer
 
Original Music by
Lee Zahler 
 
Cinematography by
James S. Brown Jr. (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Henry Adams  (as J. Henry Adams)
Dwight Caldwell 
 
Art Direction by
George Van Marter 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Richard Monroe .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Bud Geary .... stunt double (uncredited)
Sol Gorss .... stunts (uncredited)
Kermit Maynard .... stunts (uncredited)
Eddie Parker .... stunt double (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Lee Zahler .... musical director (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
299 min (15 episodes)
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Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Australia:G | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (certificates #9621-9636)

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Trivia:
Chapter Titles: 1. The Sign of the Skull 2. The Man Who Never Dies 3. A Traitor's Code 4. The Seat of Judgement 5. The Ghost Who Walks 6. Jungle Whispers 7. The Mystery Well 8. In Quest of the Keys 9. The Fire Princess 10. The Chamber of Death 11. The Emerald Key 12. The Fangs of the Beast 13. The Road to Zoloz 14. The Lost City 15. Peace in the JungleSee more »
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Referenced in The Witches (1967)See more »

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16 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Pretty Darn Nifty!, 12 June 2007
Author: gftbiloxi (gftbiloxi@yahoo.com) from Biloxi, Mississippi

Republic was certainly best known for serials, but other studios often got into the act. One of these was Columbia Pictures. In truth, Columbia's serials weren't anything to write home about--but there was one exception: the 1943 THE PHANTOM, which cracks along at a memorable pace with an entertaining storyline, some excellent fight choreography, visually interesting set pieces, and a truly fine performance from Tom Tyler in the title role.

Tom Tyler (1903-1954) was a handsome, well-built man who played in well over 150 films between 1924 and 1953--but whose final years was marred by rheumatoid arthritis that reduced him to small supporting roles. But he was very much at his peak in 1941 when he appeared in the legendary Republic serial THE ADVENTURES OF CAPTAIN MARVEL--and no less so for the 1943 THE PHANTOM. Seen today, many serial "super heroes" of the 1930s and 1940s look more than a little chubby in their skin-tight costumes, but not Tyler: he had the body to carry it off, and if his acting chops weren't up to the standards of Hollywood's A-List actors they were perfect for this sort of comic book fun.

The story finds the peace of jungle tribes threatened by the evil Dr. Bremmer (Kenneth MacDonald), who seeks to create an airbase for use by an unfriendly country at the long-lost jungle city of Zoloz. But in order to locate the hidden city, Bremmer must obtain "the keys"--pieces of a puzzle-like map--from newly arrived Professor Davidson (Frank Shannon) and his party. Can the Phantom, with the aid of his clever dog Devil, foil Bremmer, protect Davidson, and bring peace to the jungle once more? You better believe it, but before he does there are crocodiles, lions, tigers, a "fire princess," and booby-traps galore to overcome, most of them cleverly imagined and all of them expertly performed. Director B. Reeves Eason keeps everything moving at a sharp pace, and if the dialogue and cinematography are seldom inspired they are never less than entertaining, and there's not a dull moment in all fifteen chapters.

Like many serials, THE PHANTOM does adopt certain racial sensibilities that will cause modern viewers to roll their eyes from time to time. It is actually a bit difficult to tell where this film is supposed to be set: at times the script seems to imply Africa, at other times it seems to imply South America, and the "natives" are pretty much clumsy white men in dark make-up who look silly in diaper-like costumes. Even so, the thing goes like a house afire, and if you're interested in the serial genre this is one you can't afford to miss.

The VCI DVD edition features a nice commentary by Max Allan Collins on "Chapter One," a handful of biographies, and samples of comic book art and lobby cards; the real plus, however, is the quality of the film itself, which is quite fine--and this in spite of an instance where the soundtrack was lost and had to be re-created by modern actors. The picture quality is very good and the sound is more than adequate. Recommended to serial fans everywhere! GFT, Amazon Reviewer

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