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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.

Director:

Albert Herman

Writers:

Jack Harvey (based on novel), Milton Raison (based on novel) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dave O'Brien ... Tony Woolrich
Kay Aldridge ... Claudia Moore
Alan Mowbray ... Cecil Moore
Frank Jenks ... Egbert Egelhofer, aka Romeo (Taxicab Driver)
Edythe Elliott Edythe Elliott ... Janis Buchanan
Jack Mulhall ... Lt. Walsh
Vera Marshe ... Ginger
Stanley Price ... Reggie Thomas
John Crawford ... John Carraby
Cyril Delevanti ... Roberts
Paul Power Paul Power ... Timothy Wells
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Storyline

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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Mystery

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 May 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fantasma da Rua 42 See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

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 Play's the thing
10 June 2015 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The Phantom Of 42nd Street from PRC is a not too bad murder mystery of a group of people connected to a theatrical company. Theater critic Dave O'Brien is on the job reviewing a play when the first murder is committed. He gets drafted into the job of covering this and the other murders as they are committed. The ultimate target seems to be Alan Mowbray who is the actor/manager of the company and his daughter Kay Aldridge.

It all goes back to some dirt done the murderer many years ago by many members of the company both in front of and backstage. The culprit has gone quite nuts about it, no doubt fixating for many years on how he would do the job. It is a he, I'll give that much away.

Having a critic be a detective is an intriguing plot premise. Surprisingly the cops seem to warm up quickly to the outside help they're getting unlike in so many of these mysteries.

At a major studio this might have been a minor classic with a lot of the holes in the plot not existing. Still for a PRC film it's far from the worst I've seen.


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