The Phantom in the House (1929)

Melodrama | 1 November 1929

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Film Daily
20 Oct 1929.
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CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
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PARENT COMPANY
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DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
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CREDITED AS
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DIRECTOR
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PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
SOUND
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LITERARY
Based on the novel The Phantom in the House by Andrew Soutar (London, 1928).
AUTHOR
SONGS
"You'll Never Be Forgotten," words and music by Abner Silver and Maceo Pinkard.
DETAILS
Release Date:
1 November 1929
Copyright Claimant:
Trem Carr Productions
Copyright Date:
1 November 1929
Copyright Number:
LP966
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Photophone
Black and White
Sound, also silent
Also si, 1 Dec; 5,803 ft.
Length(in feet):
5,725
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Peggy Milburn, eager to help her husband, Boyd, a struggling inventor, goes to the apartment of Roger Stanwick, a wealthy bachelor, to seek his aid; when he realizes she is offering only her friendship and tries to overpower her, she kills him; and for their child's sake, Boyd takes the blame for the crime, being discovered near the body, and is sentenced to life imprisonment. Meanwhile, his inventions bring wealth to Peggy; and having changed her name and achieved a place in society, she aspires to marry Dorothy to a title, though the girl loves Paul Wallis. Boyd returns after 15 years, is introduced as a family friend, and backs Dorothy in her decision to marry for love, though his wife threatens to expose him. Judge Thompson tells Paul about the girl's father; an argument ensues; and Bill, a prisonmate of Boyd's, kills the judge. Paul is accused of the crime, but Dorothy learns the truth from Boyd, and Bill is caught. Peggy repents and vows to begin again with her husband and ... +


Peggy Milburn, eager to help her husband, Boyd, a struggling inventor, goes to the apartment of Roger Stanwick, a wealthy bachelor, to seek his aid; when he realizes she is offering only her friendship and tries to overpower her, she kills him; and for their child's sake, Boyd takes the blame for the crime, being discovered near the body, and is sentenced to life imprisonment. Meanwhile, his inventions bring wealth to Peggy; and having changed her name and achieved a place in society, she aspires to marry Dorothy to a title, though the girl loves Paul Wallis. Boyd returns after 15 years, is introduced as a family friend, and backs Dorothy in her decision to marry for love, though his wife threatens to expose him. Judge Thompson tells Paul about the girl's father; an argument ensues; and Bill, a prisonmate of Boyd's, kills the judge. Paul is accused of the crime, but Dorothy learns the truth from Boyd, and Bill is caught. Peggy repents and vows to begin again with her husband and daughter. +

GENRE
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Sub-genre:
Society


Subject

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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