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The Phantom of Crestwood (1932)

Passed | | Crime, Mystery | 14 October 1932 (USA)
Jenny Wren coerces banker Priam Andes to have a dinner party at his shorefront estate Crestwood, and instructs him to invite three other men, each of whom she plans to extort money from. ... See full summary »


J. Walter Ruben


Bartlett Cormack (screen play), Bartlett Cormack (from a story by) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Ricardo Cortez ... Gary Curtis
Karen Morley ... Jenny Wren
Anita Louise ... Esther Wren
Pauline Frederick ... Faith Andes
H.B. Warner ... Priam Andes
Mary Duncan ... Dorothy Mears
Sam Hardy ... Pete Harris
Tom Douglas ... Allen Herrick
Richard 'Skeets' Gallagher ... Eddie Mack
Aileen Pringle ... Mrs. Walcott
Robert Elliott ... Police Detective
Ivan F. Simpson ... Mr. Vayne (as Ivan Simpson)
George E. Stone ... The Cat
Robert McWade ... Herbert Walcott
Hilda Vaughn ... Mrs. Carter


Jenny Wren coerces banker Priam Andes to have a dinner party at his shorefront estate Crestwood, and instructs him to invite three other men, each of whom she plans to extort money from. Jenny plans to retire to Europe after a life of involvement with wealthy and influential men. Also at the party, among others, are Jenny's sister Esther and her fiance, scion of the Andes' family. But death also attends and Jenny's plans are thwarted. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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You Heard This on the Air- Now See It on the Screen (Print Ad- Fort Dodge Messenger-Chronicle, ((Fort Dodge, Iowa)) 30 December 1932) See more »


Crime | Mystery


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Did You Know?


Both Anita Louise and Pauline Frederick died at the age of 55. See more »


Out in the Adirondacks, Jenny starts to walk away from her college suitor, then turns back around to face him twice between shots. See more »

Crazy Credits

Just before the opening credits, radio announcer Graham McNamee announces the introduction of the film. See more »


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Auld Lang Syne
(1788) (uncredited)
Traditional Scottish music
Lyrics by Robert Burns
Partially sung a cappella by Richard 'Skeets' Gallagher at the party
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Really good but forgotten murder/mystery
14 January 2002 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

1932 murder/mystery movie which takes place on a dark and stormy night (of course) and in a "country house" which looks like a castle (don't they all?). Actually this was based on a 1932 radio show which played for (I believe) 6 weeks. It ended with a murder unsolved--to find out who the killer is, you had to see this movie. It's still very easy to follow--you don't have to know the radio show to understand this.

It's lots of fun--there are plenty of suspects, film moves like lightning, has a few very scary moments (the appearances of the "phantom"), an eye-catching flashback technique and a pretty good performance by tall and very handsome Ricardo Cortez. Sometimes the age of this film shows (especially in the outdoor scenes) but, most of the time, it looks great.

This is (unfortunately) a little known film--it pops up on TCM occasionally but that's about it. If you get a chance, see it! It's incredible how this film still holds up after 70 years.

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Release Date:

14 October 1932 (USA) See more »

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Box Office


$187,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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