The Phantom (1931)
Directed by Alvin Neitz
Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams as Dick Mallory
Allene Ray as Ruth Hampton
Niles Welch as Sam Crandall
Tom O'Brien as Police Sgt. Pat Collins
Sheldon Lewis as The Thing
Wilfred Lucas as District Attorney John Hampton
Violet Knights as Lucy the maid
William Gould as Dr. Weldon
Bobby Dunn as Shorty the chauffeur
William Jackie as Oscar the lunatic
"The Phantom" was due to go to the electric chair but he escapes in a daring scene that has him scaling the prison wall, jumping onto a moving train then climbing a ladder suspended from a plane. He vows to get revenge on DA Hampton, who, he believes, sent him to jail.
The Phantom plans to meet Hampton at his house at half past midnight to make him a proposition. Dick Mallory also comes to the house to ask if he can marry Ruth. He is mistaken for 'The Phantom'. Once the scene changes to Dr. Waldron's sanatorium the sets become very striking, reminiscent of German Expressionist cinema. The maid and the chauffeur find themselves trapped in a Caligari like corridor. There are quite a few odd characters. A 'phantom' dressed in a black cape eerily reminiscent of " The Cat and the Canary ", a weird Karl Dane type with an umbrella. It is pretty scary. Allene Ray shows why she was a serial queen for many years: She is very good at looking fearful and frightened.
An escaped convict has been terrorizing the community, threatening the District Attorney and the police with revenge for his incarceration. A newspaper reporter covering the story and the District Attorney’s daughter team up to track down this mysterious criminal, The Phantom. As their leads bring them closer to the criminal’s hideout, the danger grows with each step!
Actors: Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams