Phantom Lady (1944)
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as Carol Richman
as Scott Henderson
as Jack Marlow
as Estela Monteiro
as Insp. Burgess
as Ann Terry
as Cliff March
as Dr. Chase
as District Attorney
as Courtroom Spectator
as Judge (offscreen)
as Stage Manager
Critic Reviews for Phantom Lady
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.
Superior, stylish thriller marred by an obvious and over-the-top "mystery" killer
Audience Reviews for Phantom Lady
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!
Brilliant atmosphere trumps crappy acting and story.
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