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Phantom Killer (1942)

Approved | | Mystery, Romance | 2 October 1942 (USA)
Well-known philanthropist and deaf-mute John G. Harrison is identified leaving the scene of several murders but evades successful prosecution as there are hundreds of witnesses who have ... See full summary »

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William Beaudine

Writer:

Karl Brown (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dick Purcell ... Edward Arlington Clark
Joan Woodbury ... Barbara Mason
John Hamilton ... John G. Harrison
Warren Hymer ... Police Sgt. Pete Corrigan
Mantan Moreland ... Nicodemus (as Manton Moreland)
J. Farrell MacDonald ... Police Captain
Gayne Whitman ... District Attorney John W. Rogers
Kenneth Harlan ... Police Lt. Jim Brady
George J. Lewis ... Kramer (as George Lewis)
Karl Hackett Karl Hackett ... Defense Attorney
Harry Depp Harry Depp ... Lester P. Cutler
Isabel La Mal Isabel La Mal ... Mrs. Rigby - Dave's Mother (as Isabel Lamal)
Robert Carson ... Dave Rigby
Frank Ellis Frank Ellis ... Kelsey
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Well-known philanthropist and deaf-mute John G. Harrison is identified leaving the scene of several murders but evades successful prosecution as there are hundreds of witnesses who have also seen him emceeing benefits at the exact same time as the murders. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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Mystery | Romance

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Country:

USA

Release Date:

2 October 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Man and the Devil See more »

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Although it is credited to Karl Brown, the script was actually recycled from Monogram's Lionel Atwill vehicle The Sphinx (1933). See more »

Quotes

Barbara 'Babs' Mason: It's as clear as the nose on Jimmy Durante's face.
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Crazy Credits

Despite his prominent role in the film, Mantan Moreland's name is misspelled in the credits as "Manton Moreland." See more »

Connections

Remake of The Sphinx (1933) See more »

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Just okay remake of a good thriller removes all of the thrills for gags and an obvious solution.
1 October 2006 | by dbborroughsSee all my reviews

Remake of the Linoel Atwill thriller the Sphinx has been rethought so its now a jokey romance between an Assistant District Attorney and a reporter. Its not bad, but where the original was a creepy thriller, this is too light to be truly gripping, especially if you've seen the original.

The plot has ADA Dick Purcell investigating the murder of a wealthy individual. The one suspect, a known deaf mute played by John Hamilton was seen to talk by a janitor (Montan Moreland) at the crime scene, while he was seen by dozens of witnesses, including the reporter, at a dedication ceremony. The solution here is so clumsy as to be obvious well before its revealed making the film unexciting. The result is we're left with the not a great deal to hold our interest, and the feeling that once again a very good original should not have been remade.


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