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Midnight Phantom (1935)

Approved | | Mystery | 27 November 1935 (USA)
A newly hired police chief vows to clean up a notoriously corrupt police department. When he is murdered, investigators find that there is no shortage of suspects, most of them being fellow cops.


Bernard B. Ray (as B.B. Ray)


John T. Neville (story and screenplay) (as Jack Neville)


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Complete credited cast:
Reginald Denny ... Prof. David Graham
Claudia Dell ... Diana Sullivan
Lloyd Hughes ... Lieut. Dan Burke
Jim Farley ... Chief James A. Sullivan (as James Farley)
Barbara Bedford ... Kathleen Ryan
Mary Foy ... Mary Ryan
John Elliott ... Capt. Bill Withers
Francis Sayles Francis Sayles ... Police Surgeon Kelly
Al St. John ... Radio Officer Jones
Henry Roquemore Henry Roquemore ... Dr. McNeil
Lee Prather Lee Prather ... Capt. Perkins
Robert Walker ... Capt. Jim Phillips
Jack Kenney ... Inspector Silverstein (as Jack Kenny)


A newly hired police chief vows to clean up a notoriously corrupt police department. When he is murdered, investigators find that there is no shortage of suspects, most of them being fellow cops.

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AN UNSEEN HAND SPREADING TERROR (original one-sheet poster)




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Release Date:

27 November 1935 (USA) See more »

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Sinister Shadows See more »

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film is one of over 200 titles in the list of independent feature films made available for television presentation by Advance Television Pictures announced in Motion Picture Herald 4 April 1942. At this time, television broadcasting was in its infancy, almost totally curtailed by the advent of World War II, and would not continue to develop until 1945-1946. Because of poor documentation (feature films were often not identified by title in conventional sources) no record has yet been found of its initial television broadcast. It's earliest documented telecast was Wednesday 14 December 1949 on WPIX, New York City. See more »


In the bandit chase scene you can see several instances of the camera car/truck shadow. See more »


Alternate-language version of El crimen de media noche (1936) See more »

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Plan 9 From Outer Space ain't got nuthin' on this one!
13 February 2002 | by whitetigerzoneSee all my reviews

Ludicrous dialog! Impossible plot! Execrable acting! Looks like it was shot in one afternoon. How can you not love a movie where someone says "When the lights went out, I held up the glass table top between us. So you're poison dart missed me!" In the scene right after the police chief has (hysterically) dressed down all of his subordinates and they're all filing out of the room, you can hear someone, presumably the director, shouting "Now call back Silverstein" just before the chief says "Inspector Silverstein, a word with you please." A highlight has a "professor of criminology" accurately guessing the offences of criminals in a line up based solely on their appearance. These ultra-cheap movies of the 30's and 40's, made by companies long out of business like PRC, Reliable Pictures, Chesterfield are ghoulishly fascinating, when they're not the routine westerns that were made by the hundreds. The interesting thing is when they feature a name actor (this one has Reginald Denny!) at some really low point in his/her career. You have to wonder, where were they shown? What did audiences of the time think of them? When we hear that half the films made before 1950 are lost, I suspect that most of the lost films are of this calibur and aside from the weirdness value, it's no great tragedy, though there were the rare gems in this bunch....

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