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The Phantom Fiend (1932)

The Lodger (original title)
A landlady suspects her new lodger is the madman killing women in London.


Maurice Elvey


Marie Belloc Lowndes (novel) (as Mrs. Belloc Lowndes), Miles Mander (scenario) | 2 more credits »

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Complete credited cast:
Ivor Novello ... Angeloff
Elizabeth Allan ... Daisy Bunting
A.W. Baskcomb ... Mr. Bunting
Barbara Everest Barbara Everest ... Mrs. Bunting (as Barbara Everst)
Jack Hawkins ... John Martin
Shayle Gardner Shayle Gardner ... Detective Snell
Peter Gawthorne Peter Gawthorne ... Lord Southcliff
Kynaston Reeves Kynaston Reeves ... Bob Mitchell (as P. Kynaston Reeves)
Drusilla Wills Drusilla Wills ... Mrs. Coles
Anthony Holles Anthony Holles ... Silvono
George Merritt ... Commissioner
Molly Fisher Molly Fisher ... Gladys Sims (as Mollie Fisher)
Andreas Malandrinos Andreas Malandrinos ... Rabinovitch (as Andrea Malandrinas)
Iris Ashley Iris Ashley ... Police Commissioner's Daughter


A landlady suspects her new lodger is the madman killing women in London. Written by Dale O'Connor <daleoc@interaccess.com>

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Release Date:

8 September 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Phantom Fiend See more »

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Julius Hagen Productions See more »
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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Under its USA title, The Phantom Fiend, the re-edited USA version of this film received its first telecast Thursday 6 March 1940 on New York City's pioneer, and still experimental television station W2XBS. See more »


Near the end, in the public house scene, Michel (Ivor Novello) overturns his drink of beer and we see the glass fragments spilled onto his table. In the next shot of the table the main piece of broken glass is miraculously upright. Subsequently, the shattered glass reverts back to its original state when a waiter picks up the largest intact piece of glass and places it upright on the table. See more »


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Not A Bad Remake
11 May 2016 | by Rainey DawnSee all my reviews

This is a remake of Alfred Hitchcock's The Lodger (1927) - we also have the same man as the lead character Angeloff played by Ivor Novello.

Ivor was a bit goofy acting in this 1932 version whereas in the 1927 version he was a bit more mysterious as the character should be. What got to me in this 1932 version was the fact that Angeloff was a bit talkative and not as quiet and mysterious of a man as he suppose to be.

The original film was really dark and mysterious - one of those films for a "dark and spooky night". This film would work for that scenario but the original film gives us more of the darkness that is desired for a film of this nature.

Did I like this film version? YES I did - very much so and I would watch it again. It's just not quite as good as the original but it's good.


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