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The Phantom of 42nd Street (May 2, 1945)

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The Phantom of 42nd Street
 

Released on May 2, 1945: (running time 58 minutes) The suave Broadway reviewer for a New York newspaper helps the cops solve a string of murders in the theater.

Produced by Albert Herman and Martin Mooney

Directed by Albert Herman

The Actors: Dave O'Brien (Tony Woolrich, theater reporter for the New York Record), Kay Aldridge (Claudia Moore), Alan Mowbray (Cecil Moore), Frank Jenks (Egbert 'Romeo' Egelhofer, taxi driver), Edythe Elliott (Janis Buchanan, theatrical landlady), Jack Mulhall (Police Lieutenant Walsh), Vera Marshe (Ginger, restaurant waitress), Stanley Price (Reggie Thomas, stage manager), John Crawford (John Carraby, Claudia's boyfriend), Cyril Delevanti (Roberts, Cecil's theater dresser), Paul Power (Timothy Wells, Cecil's understudy), Budd Buster (stage doorman Mike), Pat Gleason (reporter), Milton Kibbee (newspaper editor Peters), Harry Strang (policeman), Robert Strange (soothsayer in play), Fred Aldrich (police detective), Tom Coleman (Roman Senator in play), Hans Moebus (Roman Senator in play), Oliver Cross (theater patron)

 

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Death Stalks the Theater

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 was 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 faraway 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 detective murder mystery come to the big screen, Broadway 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!

Alan Mowbray and Kay Aldridge
Alan Mowbray and Kay Aldridge
Budd Buster
Budd Buster
Cyril Delevanti and Stanley Price
Cyril Delevanti and Stanley Price
Dave O'Brien
Dave O'Brien
Dave O'Brien and Edythe Elliott
Dave O'Brien and Edythe Elliott
Dave O'Brien and Frank Jenks
Dave O'Brien and Frank Jenks
Dave O'Brien and Jack Mulhall
Dave O'Brien and Jack Mulhall
Dave O'Brien and Stanley Price
Dave O'Brien and Stanley Price
Dave O'Brien
Dave O'Brien
Dave O'Brien
Dave O'Brien
Dave O'Brien
Dave O'Brien
Edythe Elliott
Edythe Elliott
Frank Jenks
Frank Jenks
Frank Jenks and Jack Mulhall
Frank Jenks and Jack Mulhall
Frank Jenks
Frank Jenks
Jack Mulhall
Jack Mulhall
Jack Mulhall
Jack Mulhall
Kay Aldridge
Kay Aldridge
Kay Aldridge
Kay Aldridge
Kay Aldridge
Kay Aldridge
Milton Kibbee
Milton Kibbee
Stanley Price
Stanley Price
The actor playing a police detective
unknown actor
Vera Marshe, Frank Jenks and Dave O'Brien
Vera Marshe, Frank Jenks and Dave O'Brien
Vera Marshe and Frank Jenks
Vera Marshe and Frank Jenks
Vera Marshe
Vera Marshe