The Phantom in the House (October 20, 1929)

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The Phantom in the House
 

Released on October 20, 1929: A man confesses to a murder committed by his wife, and when he gets out of prison and returns home, the fiance of his daughter is falsely accused of murder and he once again takes the blame to protect his daughter's intended.

Directed by Phil Rosen

The Actors: Ricardo Cortez (Paul Wallis), Nancy Welford (Dorothy Milburn), Henry B. Walthall (Boyd), Grace Valentine (Peggy Milburn), Jack Curtis ('Biffer' Bill), Thomas A. Curran (Judge Thompson), John Beck (unknown), John Elliott (Police Captain), Larry Steers (unknown), Henry Roquemore (unknown), Paul McVey (piano player at Regan's), Rolfe Sedan (The Marquis, Dorothy's suitor)

 

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I Confess . . .

If you are seeing the title of this motion picture and thinking that this is a horror movie about ghosts or something, nothing could be further from the truth. It is what was called back in those days, a 'weeper' . . . sometimes bad things happen to good people, and sometimes bad people seem to prosper. Sometimes the path of love and marriage goes horribly wrong, and sometimes the bad vibes pass even to the next generation. A husband returns home just in time to witness his wife killing another man who was trying to put the moves on her. The husband rushes her out of the room and lets Judge Thompson put him in prison for the killing. While in prison he invents many new devices that his killer wife patents and gets rich on. Fifteen years later he gets out of prison and returns home to discover that his wife is wealthy from his inventions, and hob-knobbing with Judge Thompson, who also knows the truth about his innocence. When he gets home he discovers that the wife that he went to prison for wants no part of him, and asks him to keep his real identity from his daughter and everyone else, and he graciously agrees. He meets his young daughter who is in love with a nice young man and wants to get married to him, but wealthy mama is now pretty uppity and she demands that her daughter marry a Marquis and will ruin the man she wants to marry instead. This leads to that, and the judge is murdered one night and the good young man who is to marry the daughter is falsely accused of the murder and sent to prison, and once more papa steps in and confesses to the crime, even though he is again innocent, so that his daughter can have the man that she loves. Is there no justice in this wicked, wicked world? Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter on it and find out.

Grace Valentine and Henry B. Walthall look at the dead body on the floor
Grace Valentine and Henry B. Walthall look at the dead body on the floorl
Grace Valentine, Thomas A Curran and Henry B. Walthall
Grace Valentine, Thomas A Curran and Henry B. Walthall
Grace Valentine as Peggy Milburn
Grace Valentine as Peggy Milburn
Henry B. Walthall and Grace Valentine
Henry B. Walthall and Grace Valentine
Henry B. Walthall as Boyd Milburn in The Phantom in the House
Henry B. Walthall as Boyd Milburn in The Phantom in the House
Henry B. Walthall holds a gun on Jack Curtis
Henry B. Walthall holds a gun on Jack Curtis
Henry B. Walthall in prison
Henry B. Walthall in prison
Henry B. Walthall sees his grown daughter for the first time
Henry B. Walthall sees his grown daughter for the first time
Jack Curtis and Henry B. Walthall
Jack Curtis and Henry B. Walthall
Jack Curtis as ex-con 'Biffer' Bill
Jack Curtis as ex-con 'Biffer' Bill
John Elliott as the Police Chief chats with one of his men
John Elliott as the Police Chief chats with one of his men
John Elliott as the Police Chief in The Phantom in the House
John Elliott as the Police Chief in The Phantom in the House
Nancy Welford and Grace Valentine
Nancy Welford and Grace Valentine
Nancy Welford announces her engagement to Ricardo Cortez
Nancy Welford announces her engagement to Ricardo Cortez
Nancy Welford points to the killer
Nancy Welford points to the killer
Nancy Welford sings at the party
Nancy Welford sings at the party
Nancy Welford sings in The Phantom in the House
Nancy Welford sings in The Phantom in the House
Nancy Welford is wooed by Rolfe Sedan
Nancy Welford is wooed by Rolfe Sedan
Ricardo Cortez as Paul Wallis in The Phantom in the House
Ricardo Cortez as Paul Wallis in The Phantom in the House
Ricardo Cortez gets the third degree
Ricardo Cortez gets the third degree
Ricardo Cortez threatens Thomas A. Curran
Ricardo Cortez threatens Thomas A. Curran
The warden says goodbye to Henry B. Walthall
The warden says goodbye to Henry B. Walthall
Thomas A. Curran as Judge Thompson
Thomas A. Curran as Judge Thompson
Thomas A. Curran in Phantom in the House
Robert McKenzie and Robert Warwick