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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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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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I still don't know whodunit...
4 September 2014 | by See all my reviews

After watching this poverty row mystery -- and re-running the climactic scene three or four times -- there's no need for a spoiler alert. I still have no idea who committed the murders nor why. Which sorta' takes the wind out of watching Dave O'Brien as the drama critic for the New York Record playing amateur sleuth, probing the slayings that are decimating the cast of a New York repertory theater. Then again, why was the film called "Phantom of 42nd Street" when live theater had long given way to grind movie houses on 42 Street by the time it was made in the 1940s? That's easy. While "Phantom of 47th Street Between Seventh and Eighth Avenues" would have been more accurate, it wouldn't have had nearly the cache. And fitting it on marquees -- especially at theaters that played PRC releases -- would have been a challenge.


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