The Phantom (1931 film)

The Phantom is a 1931 American mystery film directed by Alan James.[1]

The Phantom
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Directed byAlan James[1]
Story byAlan James[1]
StarringBig Boy Williams, Sheldon Lewis
CinematographyLauren Draper[1]
Edited byEthel Davey[1]
Release date
  • December 1, 1931 (1931-12-01)
Running time
70 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States[1]


A reporter goes in search of a deranged masked killer hiding in an insane asylum.[1]


Cast list adapted from Poverty Row Studios, 1929-1940.[2]


The Phantom was released on December 1, 1931.[1]


In his book on Poverty Row studio films of the 1930s, Michael R. Pitts commented that The Phantom is "a plodding affair with typical character types" noting that the casting of Guinn "Big Boy" Williams as the ace reporter and Allene Ray as the innocent heroine was "unlikely to say the least".[3] Pitts concluded that the film was "far from a classic, The Phantom is worth seeing if only to witness the performances of its two unlikely leads."[3]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "The Phantom". American Film Institute. Retrieved May 2, 2019.
  2. ^ Pitts 2015, p. 44.
  3. ^ a b Pitts 2015, p. 45.


  • Pitts, Michael R. (2015). Poverty Row Studios, 1929-1940. McFarland. ISBN 978-1476610368.

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