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Phantom Lady

Phantom Lady (1944)

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Release Date: Jan 28, 1944 Wide

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Engineer Scott Henderson (Alan Curtis) is at a seedy midtown Manhattan bar early one evening, drowning his sorrows over a failed marriage, when he strikes up a conversation with a woman (Fay Helm). She's well dressed, with a very ornate hat topping off her ensemble, and also seems even sadder and more lost than he is. Henderson persuades her to join him in taking advantage of the two theater tickets he has. They attend the show -- a song-and-dance showcase by a Brazilian artist (Aurora) -- and

Apr 4, 2007

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All Critics (11) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (5) | Rotten (0) | DVD (1)

Brilliantly stylized crime thriller.

August 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Classic Film and Television
Classic Film and Television

Channeling the spirit of the Russians (Eisenstein, Dovshenko, Vertov), the director uses grotesque angles, close-ups, and rhythms to suggest a powerful sense of seduction and torture.

May 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Superior, stylish thriller marred by an obvious and over-the-top "mystery" killer

August 7, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

The Phantom Lady proved to be a boon to the German-born director Robert Siodmak's career.

August 24, 2001 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Brilliant atmosphere trumps crappy acting and story.
March 30, 2011
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OK pre-noir B-movie with striking Ella Raines determined to save her boss from death row by finding his only alibi to his wife's murder, a woman in a peculiar hat who nobody seems to remember. Boosted by some nifty lighting and frame composition, but a contrived plot applies a Medieval knowledge of mental illness as the psychological slant and the crafty Raines does some unbelievably stupid things just to create tension at the end. Ultimately it's nothing you haven't seen before, except perhaps the crazed drum solo at the tiny jazz club no larger than my closet which seems to take its cues from Reefer Madness!
August 8, 2011
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