The Phantom of 42nd Street (May 2, 1945)
Released on May 2, 1945: The suave Broadway reviewer for a New York newspaper helps the cops solve a string of murders in the theater.
Directed by Albert Herman
Written by Jack Harvey and Milton Raison.
The Actors: Dave O'Brien (Tony Woolrich), Kay Aldridge (Claudia Moore), Alan Mowbray (Cecil Moore), Frank Jenks (Egbert 'Romeo' Egelhofer, taxi driver), Edythe Elliott (Janis Buchanan), Jack Mulhall (Lieutenant Walsh), Vera Marshe (Ginger), Stanley Price (Reggie Thomas), John Crawford (John Carraby), Cyril Delevanti (Roberts), Paul Power (Timothy Wells), Budd Buster (stage doorman Mike), Pat Gleason (reporter), Milton Kibbee (newspaper editor Peters), Harry Strang (policeman), Robert Strange (soothsayer in play).
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It was 1969 and I was a senior in high school at the Shanksville-Stonycreek Joint School. At that time the school had three floors, with kindergarten and first grade at one end and high school at the other end. There were a total of 26 of us in that class of '69, when I got my first and last acting experience. That year our class put on a play, and they chose Tom Jones, who was a foundling in Somerset England. Shanksville, Pennsylvania is located in Somerset county, so I guess there was a kinship with the play and its origins. I played the part of Benjamin Partridge, suspected to be the father of the foundling Jones. I had a bunch of lines, but the only one I still remember is the silly line where someone states that he is due at that moment in a far away place. I responded that with a fast horse he can still make it on time. Well, as much as I love old movies, and am intrigued by the lives and loves of the actors, the desire to become an actor never hit me, and still hasn't. I am happy living the lives of great actors vicariously through the silver screen, or should I say the computer screen?
In this classic Broadway story come to the big screen, actors are being killed by a mysterious phantom, and it looks like a famous acting family will be murdered one by one. Not only the two brothers and the beautiful daughter, but old stage hands that had a connection to the family 25 years ago. Ahh . . . I smell a love triangle, and the disastrous end for one of the losers in that triangle. Once again three men vie for the love of one woman, and only two of them can have her . . . but this is much more complicated than that. Grab your white kernel popcorn and get ready for death on stage as we hunt for the Phantom of 42nd Street!
|Dave O'Brien||Alan Mowbray and Kay Aldridge|
|Budd Buster||Dave O'Brien and Jack Mulhall|
|Dave O'Brien and Stanley Price||Edyth Elliott|
|Edith Elliott and Dave O'Brien||Frank Jenks|
|Jack Mulhall||Kay Aldridge and Budd Buster|
|Kay Aldridge and Dave O'Brien||Milton Kibbee|
|Stanley Price and Dave O'Brien||Vera Marshe|
|Vera Marshe and Frank Jenks|