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The Phantom of Crestwood (1932)

Passed | | Crime, Mystery | 14 October 1932 (USA)
Jenny Wren coerces banker Priam Andes to have a dinner party at his shorefront estate Crestwood, and instructs him to invite three other men, each of whom she plans to extort money from. ... See full summary »

Director:

J. Walter Ruben

Writers:

Bartlett Cormack (screen play), Bartlett Cormack (from a story by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ricardo Cortez ... Gary Curtis
Karen Morley ... Jenny Wren
Anita Louise ... Esther Wren
Pauline Frederick ... Faith Andes
H.B. Warner ... Priam Andes
Mary Duncan ... Dorothy Mears
Sam Hardy ... Pete Harris
Tom Douglas ... Allen Herrick
Richard 'Skeets' Gallagher ... Eddie Mack
Aileen Pringle ... Mrs. Walcott
Robert Elliott ... Police Detective
Ivan F. Simpson ... Mr. Vayne (as Ivan Simpson)
George E. Stone ... The Cat
Robert McWade ... Herbert Walcott
Hilda Vaughn ... Mrs. Carter
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Storyline

Jenny Wren coerces banker Priam Andes to have a dinner party at his shorefront estate Crestwood, and instructs him to invite three other men, each of whom she plans to extort money from. Jenny plans to retire to Europe after a life of involvement with wealthy and influential men. Also at the party, among others, are Jenny's sister Esther and her fiance, scion of the Andes' family. But death also attends and Jenny's plans are thwarted. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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Taglines:

WHO KILLED JENNY WREN? (original poster - all caps) See more »

Genres:

Crime | Mystery

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 October 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Fantasma de Crestwood See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$187,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

This film was modestly successful at the box office, earning RKO a profit of $100,000 ($1.7M in 2017) according to studio records. See more »

Goofs

Out in the Adirondacks, Jenny starts to walk away from her college suitor, then turns back around to face him twice between shots. See more »

Crazy Credits

Just before the opening credits, radio announcer Graham McNamee announces the introduction of the film. See more »

Soundtracks

Auld Lang Syne
(1788) (uncredited)
Traditional Scottish music
Lyrics by Robert Burns
Partially sung a cappella by Richard 'Skeets' Gallagher at the party
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Another Great Early Sound Mystery!
22 March 2002 | by trw3332000See all my reviews

Radio Pictures was prolific in the early days of sound, and thanks to Turner Classic Movie Channel, many can be seen.

Phantom of Crestwood's opening is a rare combination of radio in the movies: The well known announcer, Graham MacNamie, stands before an early dynamic microphone and announces the introduction of the picture with a full orchestra in the studio. This really captures what early radio stations must have been like in the early 30s.

The mystery story is well done and a delight for fans of the era. His name once a household word, Ricardo Cortez is now mostly forgotten.


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