The Phantom of Crestwood
|The Phantom of Crestwood|
original theatrical poster
|Directed by||J. Walter Ruben|
J. Walter Ruben
Richard "Skeets" Gallagher
H. B. Warner
|Cinematography||Henry W. Gerrard|
|Distributed by||RKO Radio Pictures|
The Phantom of Crestwood is a 1932 American Pre-Code murder mystery film released by RKO Radio Pictures, directed by J. Walter Ruben, and starring Ricardo Cortez, Karen Morley, Richard "Skeets" Gallagher, Anita Louise, H. B. Warner, and Pauline Frederick. Morley plays Jenny Wren, who plans to extort money from various wealthy ex-lovers, after she lures them to an estate called Crestwood.
The film was based on a radio serial, which was heard on NBC Radio's Hollywood on the Air for six weeks (Fridays at 10:30 P.M. Eastern Time) from August 26 through September 30, 1932, and a contest was held where listeners sent in suggestions for the film's ending. The film features what Leonard Maltin referred to as an "eye-popping" flashback technique.
According to RKO records the film made a profit of $100,000.
Ricardo Cortez as Gary Curtis (alias Farnsbarns who is known for being a PI that skirts the law in New York) is sent to get some letters from Karen Morley as Jenny Wren (who is a courtisan). Jenny Wren tells H. B. Warner as Priam Andes to have some of her former lovers come to a gathering at Crestwood. Jenny Wren at the gathering tells her former lovers that she is leaving but wants money from all of them, she explains that a boy she was trifling with committed suicide. Later that night Jenny Wren is killed. A road washed out keeps everyone at Crestwood. Now Gary Curtis must find out who the murder is before the police arrive and pin it on him.
(cast list as per AFI database)
- Ricardo Cortez as Gary Curtis, also known as Farnsbarns
- Karen Morley as Jenny Wren
- Anita Louise as Esther Wren
- Pauline Frederick as Faith Andes
- H. B. Warner as Priam Andes
- Mary Duncan as Dorothy Mears
- Sam Hardy as Pete Harris
- Tom Douglas as Tom Herrick
- Richard "Skeets" Gallagher as Eddie Mack
- Ivan Simpson as Henry T. Herrick, also known as Mr. Vayne
- Aileen Pringle as Mrs. Walcott
- George E. Stone as The Cat
- Robert McWade as Senator Herbert Walcott
- Hilda Vaughn as Carter
- Gavin Gordon as William Jones
- Matty Kemp as Frank Andes
- Clarence Wilson as Apartment house manager
- Eddie Sturgis as Bright Eyes
- Robert Elliott as Tall Man
- Richard Jewel, 'RKO Film Grosses: 1931-1951', Historical Journal of Film Radio and Television, Vol 14 No 1, 1994 p39
- The American Film Institute Catalog Feature Films: 1931-40 by The American Film Institute, c.1993
- "The Phantom of Crestwood: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved July 21, 2015.
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