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Phantom Lady ()


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A devoted secretary risks her life to try to find the elusive woman who may prove her boss didn't murder his selfish wife.

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Jack Marlow
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Carol Richman
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Scott Henderson
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Estela Monteiro (as Aurora)
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Inspector Burgess
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Ann Terry
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Cliff
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Bartender
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Detective
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Detective
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Kettisha
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Dr. Chase
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District Attorney (voice)
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Guitarist (uncredited)
Joan Bayley ...
Dancer (uncredited)
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Theatre Party Guest (uncredited)
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Man with Poodle (uncredited)
Barney Bigard ...
Jive Club Clarinetist (uncredited)
Iris Bocignon ...
Dancer (uncredited)
Mildred Boyd ...
Maid to Aurora Miranda (uncredited)
James Carlisle ...
Theatre Patron (uncredited)
Dave Coleman ...
Drummer (uncredited)
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Courtroom Spectator Next to Carol (uncredited)
Hella Crossley ...
Girl in Tag Sequence (uncredited)
Roy Darmour ...
Prison Guard (uncredited)
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Girl (uncredited)
Jack Deery ...
Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
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Claude - Actor at Theatre Party (uncredited)
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Worker (uncredited)
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Apple Annie (uncredited)
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Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Ann Fredrick ...
Brunette (uncredited)
Russell Gaige ...
Desk Clerk (uncredited)
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Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Herschel Graham ...
Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Roger Hanson ...
Jive Club Trumpeter (uncredited)
Eddie Hart ...
Prison Guard (uncredited)
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Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
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Judge (uncredited) (voice)
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Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
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Miss Payton (uncredited)
Dorothy Jarnac ...
Dancer (uncredited)
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Girl in Tag Sequence (uncredited)
Joe Kirk ...
Sanders - Stage Manager (uncredited)
Bella Lewitzky ...
Dancer (uncredited)
Adolf E. Licho ...
Max - Proprietor (uncredited)
Thomas Martin ...
Customer at Anselmo's (uncredited)
Matt McHugh ...
Al Alp - Taxi Driver (uncredited)
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Customer at Anselmo's (uncredited)
Dole Nicolls ...
Jive Club Trombonist (uncredited)
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Anselmo (uncredited)
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Bar Customer (uncredited)
Paul Power ...
Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Curtis Railing ...
Mrs. Witherspoon (uncredited)
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Woman at Train Platform (uncredited)
Charles Regan ...
Court Guard (uncredited)
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Barfly with Racing Form (uncredited)
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Monteiro's Maid (uncredited)
Howard Rumsey ...
Jive Club Bass Player (uncredited)
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Theatre Party Guest (uncredited)
Freddie Slack ...
Jive Club Pianist (uncredited)
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Ticket Agent (uncredited)
Gisela Werbisek ...
Mama Rosette (uncredited)
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Worker (uncredited)
Douglas Wood ...
Show Backer (uncredited)
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Blonde (uncredited)

Directed by

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Robert Siodmak

Written by

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Bernard C. Schoenfeld ... (screenplay)
 
Cornell Woolrich ... (based on the novel by) (as William Irish)

Produced by

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Joan Harrison ... associate producer

Cinematography by

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Elwood Bredell ... (as Woody Bredell)

Film Editing by

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Arthur Hilton

Art Direction by

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Robert Clatworthy
John B. Goodman

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Russell A. Gausman ... (as R.A. Gausman)
Leigh Smith ... (as L.R. Smith)

Costume Design by

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Vera West ... (gowns)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Seward Webb ... assistant director
Will Sheldon ... assistant director (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Bernard B. Brown ... sound director
Joe Lapis ... sound technician

Stunts

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Charles Regan ... stunts (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Kenneth Hopkins ... costume designer: Phantom Hat Creator

Music Department

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Lester Horton ... stager: musical numbers
Hans J. Salter ... musical director (as H.J. Salter)
Dave Coleman ... musician: dubbed drum solo (uncredited)
Hans J. Salter ... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Frank Skinner ... composer: stock music (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

Unhappily married Scott Henderson spends the evening on a no-name basis with a hat-wearing woman he picked up in a bar. Returning home, he finds his wife strangled and becomes the prime suspect in her murder. Every effort to establish his alibi fails; oddly no one seems to remember seeing the phantom lady (or her hat). In prison, Scott gives up hope but his faithful secretary, "Kansas," doggedly follows evanescent clues through shadowy nocturnal streets. Can she save Scott in time? Written by Rod Crawford

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Taglines IT'S UNIQUE...suspense...mystery...drama! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Condemned to Hang (United States)
  • Les mains qui tuent (France)
  • La dama desconocida (Spain)
  • La femme fantôme (Belgium, French title)
  • A Mulher Desconhecida (Portugal)
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  • 87 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia Contemporary sources indicate that Dave Coleman dubbed Elisha Cook Jr.'s erotic drum solo. This has been confirmed by Coleman's son. Despite this, some modern sources state that the drumming was provided by Buddy Rich, although Rich claimed to have been so busy in Hollywood at the time that he would have been unable to remember. See more »
Goofs During an overhead shot in the sequence where Kansas trails the bartender through a deserted street after he gets off work, the actors are clearly connected waist-to-waist by a thin wire - most likely so that the actress stayed an exact number of feet behind the actor to ensure both were in focus during what was apparently a tricky camera set-up. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in A Night at the Movies (2003). See more »
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Quotes [last lines]
Scott Henderson: [Carol 'Kansas' Richman listens to a message left on a Dictaphone machine] Hello, Kansas. Renew my membership to the Architects and Engineers Association and call Mason and Follett, the contractors, and make an appointment with them for tomorrow morning.
[Carol begins to hang up the Dictaphone's sound tube]
Scott Henderson: Uh, uh, uh, don't hang up. You know you're having dinner with me tonight, and tomorrow night, and the next night, and then every night
[the Dictaphone skips and repeats end of message]
Scott Henderson: ... every night... every night... every night.
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