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The Phantom Broadcast
The Phantom Broadcast
Actors: Ralph Forbes, Vivienne Osborne, Arnold Gray, Gail Patrick, Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams
Director: Phil Rosen
Genres: Horror, Mystery & Suspense
NR     2004     1hr 12min


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Actors: Ralph Forbes, Vivienne Osborne, Arnold Gray, Gail Patrick, Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams
Director: Phil Rosen
Creators: Gilbert Warrenton, Dan Milner, William T. Lackey, Tristram Tupper
Genres: Horror, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Horror, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Alpha Video
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 04/27/2004
Original Release Date: 03/15/1933
Theatrical Release Date: 03/15/1933
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 1hr 12min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Phantom Broadcast
Steven Hellerstedt | 06/15/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)

"The mob wants to cut in on a popular radio crooner's action, while the crooner's mob-connected girlfriend wants him to quit chasing the skirts and settle down with her. Meanwhile, the crooner's manager occupies his time answering the crooner's fan mail (hundreds of letters a day) and waxing philosophic when a pretty young woman with a world-class singing voice arrives for an unscheduled audition.

There's an awful lot of plot thrown atcha in THE PHANTOM BROADCAST, a low-budget potboiler from 1933 that stars Ralph Forbes as the manager, Arnold Gray as the crooner, Vivienne Osborne as the impatient girlfriend, and Gail Patrick as The Voice. Forbes' manager is a hunchback with a clubfoot, Gray a soulless Casanova adored by young women and something like adoring in return. The movie is part-character study of the `deformed' manager, part murder mystery, and neither part works terribly well. The movie throws a lot at you early on and almost swamps itself when the Forbes and Gray fall for the naïve, but talented, Gail Patrick.

THE PHANTOM BROADCAST was directed by Phil Rosen, who directed some of the better Charlie Chan movies. He knows his way around light mysteries with colorful characters, and after Gail Patrick shows up the movie does stop piling on and gets down to resolving things. It contains two big surprises that I'm not going to give away, although the first surprise is revealed by a cursory study of the dvd jacket's cover art, the second by the plot summary of the movie on the `net's most popular source of movie information.

What the heck, this is an alright movie for those who enjoy old movies. Ralph Forbes is decent enough as the misshapen gnome with the heart of a poet, a gentle soul, and the movie works better as a character study than as a crime mystery. The print's in good to very good condition - this one, for various reasons, hasn't been played to death by anyone anywhere. An added bonus - Roy Rogers' longtime sidekick George `Gabby' Hayes plays a police lieutenant. For anyone interested in what he looked like without the beard and what he sounded like without the `gol-durnit' accent, here's your chance.

larryj1 | AZ, USA | 05/18/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This is another quite good Monogram mystery. The Alpha DVD uses a pretty good splice-free print."