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The Phantom of Crestwood (1932)

Passed | | Crime, Mystery | 14 October 1932 (USA)
Jenny Wren coerces banker Priam Andes to have a dinner party at his shorefront estate Crestwood, and instructs him to invite three other men, each of whom she plans to extort money from. ... See full summary »

Director:

J. Walter Ruben

Writers:

Bartlett Cormack (screen play), Bartlett Cormack (from a story by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ricardo Cortez ... Gary Curtis
Karen Morley ... Jenny Wren
Anita Louise ... Esther Wren
Pauline Frederick ... Faith Andes
H.B. Warner ... Priam Andes
Mary Duncan ... Dorothy Mears
Sam Hardy ... Pete Harris
Tom Douglas ... Allen Herrick
Richard 'Skeets' Gallagher ... Eddie Mack
Aileen Pringle ... Mrs. Walcott
Robert Elliott ... Police Detective
Ivan F. Simpson ... Mr. Vayne (as Ivan Simpson)
George E. Stone ... The Cat
Robert McWade ... Herbert Walcott
Hilda Vaughn ... Mrs. Carter
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Storyline

Jenny Wren coerces banker Priam Andes to have a dinner party at his shorefront estate Crestwood, and instructs him to invite three other men, each of whom she plans to extort money from. Jenny plans to retire to Europe after a life of involvement with wealthy and influential men. Also at the party, among others, are Jenny's sister Esther and her fiance, scion of the Andes' family. But death also attends and Jenny's plans are thwarted. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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Taglines:

The most astounding crime in the history of mystery...the drama that thrilled millions on the air...Now on the screen with a million thrills! (original ad) See more »

Genres:

Crime | Mystery

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 October 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Fantasma de Crestwood See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$187,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film was modestly successful at the box office, earning RKO a profit of $100,000 ($1.7M in 2017) according to studio records. See more »

Goofs

Out in the Adirondacks, Jenny starts to walk away from her college suitor, then turns back around to face him twice between shots. See more »

Crazy Credits

Just before the opening credits, radio announcer Graham McNamee announces the introduction of the film. See more »

Soundtracks

Auld Lang Syne
(1788) (uncredited)
Traditional Scottish music
Lyrics by Robert Burns
Partially sung a cappella by Richard 'Skeets' Gallagher at the party
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Good solid old-fashioned mystery
21 January 2002 | by Jim TrittenSee all my reviews

Lots of suspects with motive, plenty of opportunity, and an unusual means of death are behind this tight old-fashioned mystery set in a creaky house with thunder and lightening. The mystery opens up with an announcement by the producers that it follows on to a successful radio drama series that concluded with a contest for listeners to send in what they thought should be the ending. The final solution to "who killed Jenny Wren" leads a group of crooks into hidden passages and false leads executed via a series of flashbacks before the real killers identity is revealed. An alert viewer should be able to figure out the two most likely suspects and eventually "who done it" before all is revealed. Enjoyable film worth watching.


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