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The Phantom of 42nd Street (1945)

Approved | | Mystery | 2 May 1945 (USA)
A theatre critic (Dave O'Brien) teams up with a cop (Jack Mulhall) to investigate the murder of a Broadway actor.

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Complete credited cast:
... Tony Woolrich
... Claudia Moore
... Cecil Moore
... Egbert Egelhofer, aka Romeo (Taxicab Driver)
Edythe Elliott ... Janis Buchanan
... Lt. Walsh
... Ginger
... Reggie Thomas
... John Carraby
... Roberts
Paul Power ... Timothy Wells
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An actor is killed during the performance of a play and critic Tony Woolrich (Dave O'Brien) undertakes to solve the crime. Claudia Moore (Kay Aldridge, in her last movie role), the girl he loves, is suspected, but when two more deaths occur, she is also threatened by the Phantom Killer. During a production of "Julius Caesar" the killer makes a final attempt. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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2 May 1945 (USA)  »

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Fantasma da Rua 42  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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The earliest documented telecast of this film took place in Washington DC Wednesday 1 October 1947 on WTTG (Channel 5). See more »

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When someone takes a shot at Tony backstage, incredibly, most of the people backstage don't hear the shot. See more »

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The archetype of what we boomers used to see as filler on local TV

This is a creative cheapie from PRC. I like Dave O'Brien. He ought to have had a major career in films. He's good here, but I guess PRC was not the place to forge a career.

I think I saw this on local TV years ago. If not, I saw many mysteries like it.

This is about murders involving a theatrical family. Alan Mowbry, looking quite gone to seed, plays the patriarch. He gets to ham it up a little in "Julius Caesar." Forty-second Street! Wow, are there ever phantoms wandering around! At the time this was made, they were pining for the days of the Ziedgfeld Girl. Then there were legitimate theaters, where plays were performed. Next came years of decline: peep shows, etc. Now it is all cleaned up and is like a vast mall. It isn't much fun. The phantoms will go elsewhere.


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