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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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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
 
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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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
A great premise wasted, 6 August 2004
Author: goblinhairedguy from Montreal

A haughty theatre critic is co-opted by his editor to investigate a sleazy backstage murder. Reluctant at first, he warms to the task through the enthusiastic prodding of his Shakespeare-loving, cab-driver sidekick and his developing interest in the aristocratic young lady involved in the case. For the Charlie-Chan-like climax, he sets up an audition of Julius Caesar, hoping to lure the murderer into all-to-realistically participating in the assassination scene. Imagine what a breezy and biting satire Hecht and MacArthur could have made of that premise. Unfortunately, the idea ended up at lowly PRC studios, which assigned the picture to Albert Herman, one of the most inept directors in history. At least Ed Wood and Andy Milligan had some flair and energy (no matter how misguided), but Herman just contributed dullness to all he touched (coincidentally, the final plot revelations have some ingredients in common with Wood's "Jailbait"). Thankfully, the cast of B-movie stalwarts makes the entire outing at least watchable. Prolific Dave O'Brien cops a rare leading role, and although disappointingly subdued, he elicits intelligence and charm throughout (unfortunately, he's now best remembered for his giggly emoting in "Reefer Madness" and not his many fine comic character turns in both features and shorts).

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