Phantom Lady 1944

Phantom Lady

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Scott Henderson's (Alan Curtis) innocuous evening with a strange woman becomes crucial when he is later accused of murdering his wife on the same evening. When Scott's story is disbelieved and a trial fails to bring forth the "phantom lady," Scott's devoted girl Friday, secretary Carol Richman (Ella Raines), begins her own investigation with the aid of police inspector Burgess (Thomas Gomez). A high point is Carol's unexpected kinky moment with an obsessed jazz drummer (Elisha Cook Jr.).

Cast & Crew

Franchot Tone
Jack Marlow
Ella Raines
Carol 'Kansa' Richman
Alan Curtis
Scott Henderson
Aurora Miranda
Estela Monteiro
Thomas Gomez
Inspector Burgess
Fay Helm
Ann Terry
Elisha Cook Jr.
Cliff Milburn
Andrew Tombes
Mac, the Bartender
Regis Toomey
Detective Chewing Gum
Bernard C. Schoenfeld
Writer (Screenplay)
Cornell Woolrich
Writer (Novel)
Joan Harrison
Associate Producer
Eddie Cherkose
Original Songs
Jacques Press
Original Songs
Elwood Bredell
Director of Photography
Arthur Hilton
Film Editor
John B. Goodman
Art Direction
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Critic Reviews for Phantom Lady

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  • Jul 18, 2017
    Ella Raines' performance and Elwood Bredell's cinematography are two reasons this is a must-see for noir fans. Raines doesn't play the femme fatale instead she's a citizen investigator trying to hunt down a murderer and thus free her boss whom was wrongly convicted of the crime. Bredell's lighting of Raines and his work throughout the picture is superb There's a jazz scene in the movie intended to symbolize seduction that should not be missed. Unfortunately, director Robert Siodmak doesn't deliver tension in the film's final act which would have made this a true classic..
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  • Mar 30, 2011
    Brilliant atmosphere trumps crappy acting and story.
    Bob S Super Reviewer
  • Feb 23, 2011
    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 <i>Reefer Madness!</i>
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