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Phantom Patrol (1936)

A deranged killer escapes into the Canadian woods. He tries to fool the locals by pretending he is a well known mystery writer, but the local Mountie starts to get suspicious.


Charles Hutchison


James Oliver Curwood (story "Fatal Note"), Joseph O'Donnell (screenplay) (as Stephen Norris)


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Cast overview:
Kermit Maynard ... RCMP Sergeant Jim McGregor
Joan Barclay ... Doris McCloud
Harry Worth ... Dapper Dan Geary & Stephen Morris
Paul Fix ... Henchman Jo-Jo Regan
George Cleveland ... Inspector McCloud
Julian Rivero ... Frenchie Le Farge
Eddie Phillips ... Henchman Emile
Roger Williams ... Henchman Gustaf
Dick Curtis ... Henchman Josef (as Richard Curtis)
Rocky the Horse Rocky the Horse ... Jim's Horse (as 'Rocky')


Noticing the resemblance between himself and noted author Steven Norris, wanted gangster Dan Geary kidnaps Norris and assumes his identity. His charade is successful for a while but when his new stenographer reads some of his latest writing to Mountie McGregor, McGregor become suspicious. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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30 September 1936 (USA) See more »

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1.37 : 1
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This film's earliest documented telecasts took place in New York City Friday 17 September 1948 on WATV (Channel 13) , in Dayton Saturday 5 February 1949 on WHIO (Channel 13), in Chicago Monday 18 April 1949 on WBKB (Channel 4), in Detroit Friday 10 June 1949 on WJBK (Channel 2), in Philadelphia Wednesday 24 August 1949 on Frontier Playhouse on WPTZ (Channel 3) , in Cincinnati Saturday 10 December 1949 on WCPO (Channel 7), and in Los Angeles Saturday 3 June 1950 on KTTV (Channel 11). See more »


The setting is supposed to be Manitoba, which is generally flat, but the scenery is more like the Rockies with snow-covered mountains in the background. See more »


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Written by Didheart Conn
Performed by Kermit Maynard
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Surprisingly good acting in a very good story
11 April 2015 | by morrisonhimselfSee all my reviews

Kermit Maynard doesn't usually get praise for his acting nor for the quality of his movies, but "Phantom Patrol" proves he has been terribly under-rated.

For example, I had known nothing of his athleticism, but pay attention during the barrack-room horse-play. Amazing!

I expected nothing much when I started watching "Phantom Patrol" on YouTube, but was enthralled from the very beginning, partly by the credits and partly by the music. Unfortunately, even here at IMDb, there is no credit for the music.

The director, Charles Hutchison, is someone I had seen in some silent serials where he was "Lightning Hutch." Until I saw the credits here, I never knew he had become a director and, judging only by "Phantom Patrol," a very good director.

This is, obviously, a low-budget movie, but there is such a good and literate script, and the players are so above average, the lack of money doesn't matter.

For example, Harry Worth plays two parts, two very different characters although they do, of course, look alike. And he is two very different characters, in a great job of acting. (He reminds a bit of Basil Rathbone, both in his looks and his debonair attitude.)

Kermit Maynard had a brief fling as a star but was soon relegated to "with" parts in bigger-budget movies, but here he is a very pleasant and believable Mountie.

Script writer Joseph O'Donnell, who here is called by the same name as one of the two characters played by Harry Worth, Stephen Norris, has created dialog that is at times amusing, with some nice interplay between and among the other characters.

There is an especially good line when the girl tells the Mountie he's dirty and he replies he got that way dodging bullets. Her response is classic, very, very clever.

The girl, by the way, is played by the lovely Joan Barclay, who sometimes is reminiscent of Myrna Loy, but feistier.

The inimitable Paul Fix is the chief villain's associate and dog's-body and is, as usual, believable and even likable, despite being a bad guy.

The rest of the cast are just so much icing on this delicious cake, and the only complaint I can make is of the quality of the print at YouTube. It's broken and choppy and those flaws can be distracting.

But it's worth putting up with that for the joy of the movie. I highly recommend "Phantom Patrol" for many reasons, and hope you like it too.

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