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The Phantom of 42nd Street -- 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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Writers:
Jack Harvey (based on novel) and
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2 May 1945 (USA) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Dave O'Brien ... Tony Woolrich
Kay Aldridge ... Claudia Moore

Alan Mowbray ... 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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Budd Buster ... Stage Doorman Mike (uncredited)
Pat Gleason ... Reporter (uncredited)
Milton Kibbee ... Newspaper Editor Peters (uncredited)
Harry Strang ... Policeman (uncredited)
Robert Strange ... Soothsayer in Play (uncredited)
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Directed by
Albert Herman 
 
Writing credits
Jack Harvey (based on novel) and
Milton Raison (based on novel)

Milton Raison (screenplay)

Produced by
Albert Herman .... associate producer
Martin Mooney .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Karl Hajos 
Walter Greene (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
James S. Brown Jr.  (as James Brown)
 
Film Editing by
Hugh Winn 
 
Art Direction by
Paul Palmentola 
 
Set Decoration by
Harry Reif 
 
Costume Design by
Mona Barry 
 
Production Management
Ray Young .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William A. Calihan Jr. .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Eugene C. Stone .... master of properties (as Gene Stone)
 
Sound Department
Frank Webster .... sound engineer
 
Special Effects by
Ray Mercer .... special effects
 
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Runtime:
58 min
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Sound Mix:
Mono | Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Certification:
USA:Approved (Certificate #10735) | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

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Modest Programmer, 12 April 2013
Author: dougdoepke from Claremont, USA

A newspaper's drama critic turns detective when he gets mixed up with murder among members of a theatre company. Eventually, a series of murders occurs apparently committed by a mysterious phantom.

Not a bad little detective mystery from low-budget PRC. That's thanks mainly to a lively turn from O'Brien as Woolrich and the decorous Kay Aldridge as Claudia. Then there's the familiar Frank Jenks as the comedy relief cabbie, and a surprisingly delightful Vera Marshe as the lame brain waitress Ginger. The screenplay makes good use of its theatrical setting, and I suspect many of those backstage set-ups were real backstage scenes from PRC's sound stage. Of course, 50-some minutes is scarcely enough time to develop a strong list of suspects or mystery plot, but there's enough colorful characterizations to compensate. All in all, an adequate little time-passer.

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