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The Phantom of 42nd Street (1945)

 -  Mystery  -  2 May 1945 (USA)
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A theatre critic (Dave O'Brien) teams up with a cop (Jack Mulhall) to investigate the murder of a Broadway actor.

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Complete credited cast:
Dave O'Brien ...
Kay Aldridge ...
Claudia Moore
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Cecil Moore
Frank Jenks ...
Egbert Egelhofer, aka Romeo (Taxicab Driver)
Edythe Elliott ...
Janis Buchanan
Jack Mulhall ...
Lt. Walsh
Vera Marshe ...
Ginger
Stanley Price ...
Reggie Thomas
John Crawford ...
John Carraby
Cyril Delevanti ...
Roberts
Paul Power ...
Timothy Wells
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An actor is killed during the performance of a play and critic Tony Woolrich (Dave O'Brien) undertakes to solve the crime. Claudia Moore (Kay Aldridge, in her last movie role), the girl he loves, is suspected, but when two more deaths occur, she is also threatened by the Phantom Killer. During a production of "Julius Caesar" the killer makes a final attempt. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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2 May 1945 (USA)  »

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Fantasma da Rua 42  »

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Murder in the Theatre
2 August 2009 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

"The death of a performer at a Broadway stage play brings a theatre critic and a police detective together as an unlikely crime-solving duo. The dead performer's niece becomes not only the object of affection for our critic, but also a prime suspect in this death, and some other murders that occur at the theatre. 'The Phantom Killer' sets his sights upon the young woman as his next victim; so, it is a race against time for our heroes to catch the killer," according to the DVD sleeve's synopsis.

Milton Raison's screenplay puts a little spark in this low-budget mystery whodunit. Helpfully, Dave O'Brien (as Anthony "Tony" Woolrich) does well in the lead role; his skills as an actor appear to be much greater than the productions employing him. O'Brien and cab driving sidekick Frank Jenks (as Egbert "Romeo" Egglehoffer) would have made a fine 1950s TV detective team. Leading lady Kay Aldridge (as Claudia Moore) and the supporting cast are also good. Unfortunately, the story becomes meandering, and anti-climactic.

**** The Phantom of 42nd Street (5/2/45) Albert Herman ~ Dave O'Brien, Kay Aldridge, Frank Jenks


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