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The Phantom of the West (1931)

Passed | | Romance, Western | 1 January 1931 (USA)
A young man's father is murdered and the man convicted of the crime escapes prison, leaving a note intimating that seven local men know the real killer's true identity. The murdered man's ... See full summary »


D. Ross Lederman


Wyndham Gittens (story and screenplay), Ford Beebe (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Complete credited cast:
Tom Tyler ... Jim Lester
William Desmond ... Martin Blair
Tom Santschi ... Bud Landers
Dorothy Gulliver ... Mona Cortez, alias Mary Smith
Philo McCullough ... Royce Macklin
Frank Lanning ... Francisco Cortez
Tom Dugan ... Oscar
Joe Bonomo Joe Bonomo ... Keno - Beefy henchman [Chs.1-4, 7-9]
Frank Hagney ... Sheriff Jim H. Ryan
Halie Sullivan Halie Sullivan ... Ruby Blair [Chs.1,4-9] (as Hallie Sullivan)
Kermit Maynard ... Peter Drake
Dick Dickinson Dick Dickinson ... Harvey Stewart
James Carlisle James Carlisle ... Lafe Johnson [Chs 1-2,10] (as James Carlyle)
W.J. Holmes W.J. Holmes ... Sam Hollister [Chs 1-4, 10]


A young man's father is murdered and the man convicted of the crime escapes prison, leaving a note intimating that seven local men know the real killer's true identity. The murdered man's son sets out to locate the seven men and find his father's slayer. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Romance | Western








Release Date:

1 January 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Diprosopos See more »

Filming Locations:

Kernville, California, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Mascot Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


(10 chapters)

Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Chapter Titles:
  • 1. The Ghost Riders
  • 2. The Stairway of Doom
  • 3. The Horror in the Dark
  • 4. The Battle of the Strong
  • 5. The Leagoe of the Lawless
  • 6. The Canyon of Calamity
  • 7. The Price of Silence
  • 8. The House of Hate
  • 9. The Fatal Secret
  • 10.Rogue's Roundup
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[first lines]
[Jim helps an escaped prisoner who is dying of thirst]
Francisco Cortez: You're not going to send me back are ya?
Jim Lester: Why shouldn't I?
Francisco Cortez: Because I didn't do the things I'm charged with. I didn't do it. I swear I didn't! I was railroaded. You believe me, don't you? Fifteen years in that hellhole - fifteen years for something I never done!
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Neath Western Skis
Written by Lee Zahler
Sung by Halie Sullivan
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Typical early talkie serial.
6 August 2005 | by schlitz1849See all my reviews

I love Mascot serials! This being one their early 100% all-talking serial however it does creak a bit, but that's the charm of any early talkie. Frank Lanning, the actor playing Cortez is without doubt the most uncomfortable with sound,in chapter 10 actually reading his lines out of camera! Tyler is good as the hero, as always and would go on to better pictures later. Tom Dugan (in my opinion) is absolutely annoying as the stuttering "deputy", comedy-relief, hardly, just annoying! Maybe I missed something but I believe Joe Bonomo is killed in Chap.1, but amazingly makes appearances all thru the rest of the serial.Keep in mind these weren't made to be seen all at once, but 1 chap each week. I LOVE MASCOT SERIALS!!!!!

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