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Midnight Phantom (1935)

Approved | | Mystery | 27 November 1935 (USA)
A newly hired police chief vows to clean up a notoriously corrupt police department. When he is murdered, investigators find that there is no shortage of suspects, most of them being fellow cops.

Director:

Bernard B. Ray (as B.B. Ray)

Writer:

John T. Neville (story and screenplay) (as Jack Neville)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Reginald Denny ... Prof. David Graham
Claudia Dell ... Diana Sullivan
Lloyd Hughes ... Lieut. Dan Burke
Jim Farley ... Chief James A. Sullivan (as James Farley)
Barbara Bedford ... Kathleen Ryan
Mary Foy ... Mary Ryan
John Elliott ... Capt. Bill Withers
Francis Sayles Francis Sayles ... Police Surgeon Kelly
Al St. John ... Radio Officer Jones
Henry Roquemore Henry Roquemore ... Dr. McNeil
Lee Prather Lee Prather ... Capt. Perkins
Robert Walker ... Capt. Jim Phillips
Jack Kenney ... Inspector Silverstein (as Jack Kenny)
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A newly hired police chief vows to clean up a notoriously corrupt police department. When he is murdered, investigators find that there is no shortage of suspects, most of them being fellow cops.

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AN UNSEEN HAND SPREADING TERROR (original one-sheet poster)

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Mystery

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 November 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sinister Shadows See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film is one of over 200 titles in the list of independent feature films made available for television presentation by Advance Television Pictures announced in Motion Picture Herald 4 April 1942. At this time, television broadcasting was in its infancy, almost totally curtailed by the advent of World War II, and would not continue to develop until 1945-1946. Because of poor documentation (feature films were often not identified by title in conventional sources) no record has yet been found of its initial television broadcast. It's earliest documented telecast was Wednesday 14 December 1949 on WPIX, New York City. See more »

Goofs

In the bandit chase scene you can see several instances of the camera car/truck shadow. See more »

Connections

Alternate-language version of El crimen de media noche (1936) See more »

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Really badly structured poverty row flick
28 September 2009 | by Red-BarracudaSee all my reviews

It's difficult to know who to recommend this poverty row obscurity to. While it's technically a mystery, it barely functions as such due to the way in which it's structured. For the first three-quarters of the film you could be forgiven for wondering where exactly this movie is going. We are introduced to an array of characters who work for a police chief. We are made aware that all of these people have a grudge of sorts against the man. But, aside from a brief car chase involving cops and robbers, the narrative is basically a lot of melodrama; that is until, with fifteen minutes of the movie remaining, the chief is murdered in a darkened room populated by all of the cast members. So the mystery only lasts for about ten minutes before the killer is unmasked and we are treated to the very pointless epilogue. It has to be said, however, that the amazingly inept plot structure is the only thing that stands out about this film.

Midnight Phantom is almost a movie about nothing. Even the title is ridiculously misleading and meaningless. It clocks in at just under an hour so it is at least mercifully short. I can only recommend this to poverty row completists, although I would be surprised if there is such a thing.


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