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The Phantom (1931)

2.7 out of 5 stars 36 customer reviews

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A condemned murderer escapes from prison vowing revenge on the
District Attorney who convicted him. Mysterious happenings occur, and a black masked, caped figure alludes the police. The District Attorney's daughter is kidnapped, but her boyfriend, a newspaper reporter, finds her in an adjoining asylum where the murderer plans to transplant an ape's brain into her head.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Guinn Williams, Allene Ray, Niles Welch, Tom O'Brien
  • Directors: Alvin J. Neitz, Alan James
  • Writers: Alan James
  • Producers: Louis Weiss
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Synergy Ent
  • DVD Release Date: January 28, 2011
  • Run Time: 61 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004KZP81W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #324,170 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Phantom (1931)" on IMDb

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By Michael Patrick Boyd on April 23, 2016
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
The Phantom is one hour and one minute and was released in theaters on November 1, 1931. Basically a District Attorney gets a telegram from the Phantom and a reporter and the District Attorney’s daughter head to the insane asylum undercover to go look for the Phantom and that is the movie in a nutshell. The movie is weak in story and is hard to follow along and when the Phantom is unmasked there is no explanation as to why the person became the Phantom. In the end The Phantom get a D-.

DVD Features

A. Play
B. Chapters
a. Chapter 1
b. Chapter 2
c. Chapter 3
d. Chapter 3
e. Chapter 5
f. Chapter 6
C. Catalog
D. Coming Attractions
a. Despiser
b. Bohica
c. The Ghost of Angela Webb
d. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
e. Just Add Pepper
f. Blood of the Beast
g. Magdalen
h. The Ironbound Vampire
i. A Chronicle of Corpses
j. Grandparents from Outerspace
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This movie is NOT a horror-thriller! It's more like a comedy-horror - seriously it is. I was expecting this film to be a fairly decent older horror-thriller but it's just BORING. People in the film giving "comical scared looks" on their faces, maid & chauffeur are a comedy-duo, nothing really happening at all in the film - just fake, comical scared looks and senseless gun shooting inside the manor house hitting nothing - horrible shooters.

If you are looking for a comical styled classic thriller-horror then you might like this film. Otherwise I would pass this one by - much better horror-thriller films to watch from the same year (1931).

I hate to give bad reviews but this movie is NOT what I was expecting it to be. It's hyped as a horror-thriller but it's a comedy-horror-thriller.

2/10
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I do appreciate that Amazon makes old movies such as this available, and I usually enjoy the mystery movies from this time period. You get to see how people dressed, what cars they drove, etc. But I must say this is one of the worst movies I've ever seen. As some of the other reviewers have said, it's a bit like a silent movie, but with talking. The actors make all sorts of facial expressions, and then finally deliver their lines. It's also curious that when the characters are walking indoors, it sounds like they're always stomping. Perhaps that is somehow due to the sound-recording technology, or maybe the movie sets just all had really hollow floors.

The movie makes me think this is what Troll 2 would have look like had it been made in 1931, except Troll 2 at least had a more-focused storyline.
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Format: DVD
THE PHANTOM is an early talkie programmer from Poverty Row's ACTION PICTURES. Like most low-budget films of that era, it tends to have mediocre sound and too much dialogue in spots. The action sequences here are interesting, however.

SYNOPSIS--
An exciting prison break sequence prefaces what is primarily a "dark house" mystery. The condemned escapee, nicknamed "Phantom" wants to murder a D.A. The attorney's daughter and her reporter boyfriend follow the black caped fugitive from a secret passage-filled mansion to an atmospheric insane asylum where odd characters and brain transplants abound (this section is reminiscent of 1932's THE OLD DARK HOUSE). The homicidal maniac blends in so well with sanitarium inmates our two heroes may need help to identify him.

ALPHA VIDEO is a provider of vintage programming that's often unavailable elsewhere. Their prices are fair, but so is transfer quality of some of their offerings. None have undergone restoration, yet this product's rareness and an honest price make it a worthwhile purchase.

Also from ALPHA:
Like "Phantom," THE MURDER IN THE MUSEUM (1934) again teams a young lady and reporter who endeavor to solve a killing.

Parenthetical number preceding title is a 1 to 10 viewer poll rating found at a film resource website.

(5.
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SINISTER CINEMA is an Oregon-based DVD-R mfr. that specializes in obscure 'B' unit movies. They offer no bonus features such as commentary or deleted scenes. Dubs are from unrestored film stock, thus quality varies with source material condition. None are pristine, yet none are so degraded as to be unviewable. Some of their transfers are in fact quite decent.

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THE PHANTOM is an early talkie programmer from Poverty Row's ACTION PICTURES. Like most low-budget films of that era, it tends to have mediocre sound and too much dialogue in spots. The action sequences here are interesting, however.

SYNOPSIS--
An exciting prison break sequence prefaces what is primarily a "dark house" mystery. The condemned escapee, nicknamed "Phantom" wants to murder a D.A. The attorney's daughter and her reporter boyfriend follow the black caped fugitive from a secret passage-filled mansion to an atmospheric insane asylum where odd characters and brain transplants abound (this section is reminiscent of 1932's THE OLD DARK HOUSE). The homicidal maniac blends in so well with sanitarium inmates our two heroes may need help to identify him.

Parenthetical number preceding title is a 1 to 10 IMDb viewer poll rating.

(4.5) The Phantom (1931) - Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams/Allene Ray/Niles Welch/Tom O'Brien/Sheldon Lewis/Wilfred Lucas/Violet Knights/William Gould/Bobby Dunn/William Jackie

CAST TRIVIA--

All but one cast member had acting careers that originated in the silent era-- most started in the 'Teens.
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