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The Phantom Speaks (1945)

Approved | | Action, Crime, Horror | 10 May 1945 (USA)
The spirit of an executed murderer enters the body of a physician, and forces him to do its bidding--namely, murder.

Director:

John English

Writer:

John K. Butler (original screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Richard Arlen ... Matt Fraser
Stanley Ridges ... Dr. Paul Renwick
Lynne Roberts ... Joan Renwick
Tom Powers ... Harvey Bogardus
Charlotte Wynters ... Cornelia Wilmont
Jonathan Hale ... Owen McAllister
Pierre Watkin ... Charlie Davis
Marion Martin ... Betty Hanzel (as Marian Martin)
Garry Owen ... Louis Fabian
Ralf Harolde ... Frankie Teal
Doreen McCann Doreen McCann ... Mary Fabian
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The spirit of an executed murderer enters the body of a physician, and forces him to do its bidding--namely, murder.

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MURDER BY A DEAD MAN! See more »


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"The Texarkana Moonlight Murders", where eight people were attacked (and five killed) in Texarkana in the mid 1940s, named their attacker 'The Phantom Killer" or "Phantom Slayer", supposedly after this film, which was showing at the time of the attacks. See more »

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Featured in Horrible Horror (1986) See more »

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A haunting and unique paranormal horror film ahead of its time.
14 November 2020 | by Vivekmaru45See all my reviews

Review of The Phantom Speaks 1945 by Vivek Maru. This is a paranormal horror film. It is based on the concept of the soul surviving even after death. The movie itself is ahead of its time. Some modern viewers may find the setting of the film not to their taste. However the mid 1940's movie had its own particular charm. I found the background music score inadequate and not suited to the movie. Certain elements of suspense and horror are to be found wanting as this was a heavily censored film because films at that time could not show too much graphic violence and depravity as today's horror movies do.

This film has a moral: play with matches and you will get burnt. This is not a sugar-coated ending type of film as many would expect. The film's ending will haunt you. I consider this movie a rare oddity and one of its kind. A remake of this movie by an intelligent director should appeal to today's generation of viewers.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 May 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Phantom Speaks See more »

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Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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