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The Phantom Speaks (1945)

Approved | | Action, Crime, Horror | 10 May 1945 (USA)
The spirit of an executed murderer enters the body of a physician, and forces him to do its bidding--namely, murder.


John English


John K. Butler (original screenplay)




Cast overview:
Richard Arlen ... Matt Fraser
Stanley Ridges ... Dr. Paul Renwick
Lynne Roberts ... Joan Renwick
Tom Powers ... Harvey Bogardus
Charlotte Wynters ... Cornelia Wilmont
Jonathan Hale ... Owen McAllister
Pierre Watkin ... Charlie Davis
Marion Martin ... Betty Hanzel (as Marian Martin)
Garry Owen Garry Owen ... Louis Fabian
Ralf Harolde ... Frankie Teal
Doreen McCann Doreen McCann ... Mary Fabian


The spirit of an executed murderer enters the body of a physician, and forces him to do its bidding--namely, murder.

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Vengeance strikes from beyond the grave!! See more »


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Release Date:

10 May 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fala o Fantasma See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


"The Texarkana Moonlight Murders", where eight people were attacked (and five killed) in Texarkana in the mid 1940s, named their attacker 'The Phantom Killer" or "Phantom Slayer", supposedly after this film, which was showing at the time of the attacks. See more »


Referenced in Killer Legends (2014) See more »

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Afterlife revenge
21 October 2016 | by AAdaSCSee all my reviews

The film starts with Tom Powers (Bogardus) killing someone in a park and walking away. It's not about whether or not he gets away with it – he doesn't – but what happens afterwards. Psychic doctor Stanley Ridges (Paul) believes Powers has the strongest will that the world has known and so is a prime candidate for his experiment. The plan is for Powers to will himself to return after his execution. Uh-oh, guess what….?

The film runs for an hour and so there is never any real time to develop tension, especially given the amount of revenge that Powers and his willpower want to engage in. As a result, it is a matter-of-fact story where this happens and then that happens and things carry along until the end. It's not bad and there are moments of good acting, eg, when Powers is waiting in Death Row and receives an audience with Ridges.

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