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The Phantom Light (1935)

A lighthouse keeper has been murdered in mysterious circumstances and, during the ensuing investigation a Phantom Light keeps appearing at the scene of his death.

Director:

Michael Powell

Writers:

Evadne Price (play), Joan Roy Byford (play) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Binnie Hale Binnie Hale ... Alice Bright
Gordon Harker ... Sam Higgins
Donald Calthrop ... David Owen
Milton Rosmer ... Dr. Carey
Ian Hunter ... Jim Pearce
Herbert Lomas Herbert Lomas ... Claff Owen
Reginald Tate Reginald Tate ... Tom Evans
Barry O'Neill Barry O'Neill ... Capt. Pearce
Mickey Brantford Mickey Brantford ... Bob Peters
Alice O'Day Alice O'Day ... Mrs. Owen
Fewlass Llewellyn Fewlass Llewellyn ... Griffith Owen
Edgar K. Bruce ... Sgt. Owen
Louie Emery Louie Emery ... Station Mistress
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A lighthouse keeper has been murdered in mysterious circumstances and, during the ensuing investigation a Phantom Light keeps appearing at the scene of his death. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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detective | haunting | See All (2) »

Genres:

Mystery | Thriller

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English | Welsh

Release Date:

5 August 1935 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

La luce fantasma See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Gainsborough Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (British Acoustic)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The inscription in the wall of the lighthouse is the opening line of Psalm 127: "Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it." See more »

Quotes

Sam Higgins: Now listen! We got to act quick. An' don't interrupt!
Claff Owen: I did not interrupt.
Sam Higgins: No, but you was going to.
Claff Owen: I was not!
Sam Higgins: Well you're doing it now! Shut up!
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Connections

Referenced in Dad's Army: Put That Light Out! (1970) See more »

Soundtracks

Fisherman's Song
(uncredited)
Traditional
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Average Pre-War Entertainment
13 July 2004 | by wigleySee all my reviews

There is certainly more humour than horror in this rather slow moving offering from Michael Powell. The acting is, in general, on the wooden side, although Gordon Harker as Sam Higgins does his best to lift the pace. The plot is predictable after the first 15 minutes, although there are enough twists to keep the interest. I was surprised at the number of people required to run a lighthouse only half a mile offshore, and the apparent number of hiding places on a bare rock, but this is just a detail. Overall, nothing special, but pleasant enough not to be considered a waste of time.


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