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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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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
 
Crew believed to be complete


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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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It ain't Shakespeare but they've heard of him, 6 September 2011
Author: csteidler from Minnesota

Tony Woolrich is an oddity for '40s mysteries—a newspaper man who decidedly does not think of himself as a detective. In fact, this film opens with a murder at the theater, and all theater critic Woolrich wants to do is get back to his paper and review the play. He is encouraged to pursue the mystery by his editor, who is understandably upset that the paper has missed a big scoop, and also by his sidekick, Romeo the cab driver. Eventually throwing himself into the job, Tony turns out to be surprisingly good at detective work (for a drama critic, anyway!) and his connections in the theater world help him quickly surpass the little progress achieved by rather dim police detective Walsh (Jack Mulhall).

Dave O'Brien as Tony is earnest and appealing; Frank Jenks as Romeo is appropriately helpful and smart-alecky. (Tony: "I know it's a boorish thing to do but I'd like to follow her." Romeo: "All detectives are boorish, don't let that worry you.") Kay Aldridge is good but unmemorable as leading lady Claudia Moore in a role that doesn't offer much in the way of surprises.

Alan Mowbray is fun as the famous actor at the center of the mysterious events, and even gets to declaim a few lines from Julius Caesar in a climactic scene.

Disguises, old grudges, secret marriages…oh, those actors' lives are so full of intrigue!

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