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Super Reviewer
½ July 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..
½ June 24, 2017
Entertaining. Saw twist before reveal, but not too before.
½ December 5, 2016
Not a bad one for its day.
½ March 4, 2016
Gorgeous cinematography is the star of this effective and eerily mystery.
½ November 22, 2015
One of the rare occasions that we get a female protagonist in a straight-up noir tale, "Phantom Lady" was a real treat.
July 23, 2015
awesome noir from the first cycle
January 16, 2015
Another classic Film Noir marked off the list, this one the story of a poor guy searching for the mystery woman in the distinctive hat who can clear his name by providing an alibi for the time of his wife's murder.

Well worth a rental.
½ November 12, 2013
The film uses the motif of a mysterious lady who cannot be found and it stars a cast of only a couple recognizable names, however Robert Siodmak does a decent job at making this noir interesting and it is worth a watch.
½ September 15, 2013
Há carradas de estilo e inovação para encontrar neste New York noir.
½ September 19, 2012
When a man is convicted for a murder he didn't commit, his pretty and clever secretary goes on a hunt for the truth. Aided by an Inspector, who actually started to believe that Jack Marlow isn't the killer, she finds many clues but gets no answer until the very moody, traumatic and intense finale that will conclude the story in a game of life-and-death. Although there are some misses in the plot, it still is perfectly suspenseful and inviting. Great Ella Ranes only enhances the experience.
July 23, 2012
Siodmak's noir has quite a bit of style, which helps alleviate some of the more bluntly melodramatic plot elements.
½ February 29, 2012
Excellent noir thriller, with decent performances from Ella Raines as the investigative secretary (something of an oddity having a woman star in a noir) and Franchot Tone. Several moments of great tension in a very stylish low budget picture.
August 16, 2011
There's a sequence, about halfway in, when Ella Raines trails a shifty barkeep in chiaroscuro wow that'll stop you in your tracks.
½ August 13, 2011
Solid noir (based on Cornell Woolrich novel, as many of them were) with Alan Curtis jailed for the murder of his wife and Ella Raines trying to find the mysterious "phantom lady" who could provide him with an alibi. Siodmak uses standard noir set ups (low key lighting, seedy locales, classic character actors, intense jazz) to lend atmosphere to this early, less jaded, example of the type.
Super Reviewer
August 8, 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 Reefer Madness!
½ May 4, 2011
'PHANTOM LADY' suffers from a rather silly plot. Had the plot been worked on a little more than the film would have been better. They had no real evidence to convict him and it didnt make sense to search for the lady with the odd hat because it wasnt needed; she wasnt the only one who could save him. The bartender already said he remembered him; so it shouldn't matter if he didnt remember the lady! The plot just defies logic. What saves the film is Siodmark's masterful direction. Theres a couple of memorable scenes that stand out. In particular one sequence in which the accused murderer's girlfriend comes into the bar and just stares at the bartender every night. She then follows him after work. He is so rattled by it. Just a brilliantly shot sequence and what a unique way of bringing out that pyschological tension the bartender was going through. The acting is ok..nothing special but nothing memorable either. I think the film needed Bogart in the lead lol. Overall..noir fans should enjoy this despite some issues.
April 10, 2011
I love this movie.. Ella Raines is so cool... She is the best girl Friday... helping her boss... I love the ending.. I am a sucker for old Noir movies.
Super Reviewer
March 30, 2011
Brilliant atmosphere trumps crappy acting and story.
½ March 7, 2011
Phantom Lady is an engaging noir film with Hitchcockian overtones. It may not have the most plausible plot, but its got a firm grip on the dark atmosphere and the mystery succeeds in keeping you watching. I was invested in the film and really intrigued by the puzzling crime. Even with its acting that can get hokey sometimes, Phantom Lady is short, stylish, and sweet.
½ February 24, 2011
With A-list actors, this one could have been immortal.
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