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Brainerd Duffield (original story)
Edward Bock (screenplay)
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Release Date:
9 June 1945 (USA) See more »
The police have files on many different types of con artists, among them fake spiritualists or psychics... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in alphabetical order)

Dorothy Adams ... Dr. Trykel's Associate (uncredited)
Morris Ankrum ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Ralph Dunn ... Detective Lester (uncredited)
Harry Hayden ... Gus Conklin (uncredited)
Lloyd Ingraham ... High School Principal (uncredited)
Howard M. Mitchell ... Butcher (uncredited)

Frank Reicher ... Philip Kenneson, Sr. (uncredited)
Arthur Shields ... Dr. Rupert Trykel (uncredited)
Ann Shoemaker ... Mrs. Martha Kenneson (uncredited)
Crane Whitley ... Inspector Becker (uncredited)

Directed by
Harold Young 
Writing credits
Brainerd Duffield (original story)

Edward Bock (screenplay)

Original Music by
Max Terr 
Cinematography by
Jackson Rose 
Film Editing by
Harry Komer 
Art Direction by
Richard Duce 
Music Department
Albert Glasser .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"Crime Does Not Pay (#45): Phantoms, Inc." - USA (series title)
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17 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)


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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
A sensible course in "How to Avoid being Conned", 19 October 2007

On the strength of a positive recommendation, I watched this documentary short with little in mind other than to see what it was all about. The title alone, "Phantoms, Inc.", was enough to drag me in, and when someone said it was worth viewing, well, I was hooked. I'm sad to say there is virtually no entertainment value to the offering. It is downright depressing. It is the kind of thing which ought to be shown in schools as part of a course on how to use your common sense in life, and not rely on superstition, supernatural belief systems, and the word of con men. If a person is so gullible as to believe in mediums and soothsayers, then they should view this film. But for someone simply looking for entertainment, don't bother.

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