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Phantom Express


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The Phantom Express is a 1932 American mystery crime-thriller film.

Plot summary

When a phantom train starts derailing rolling stock and threatens a railway company's value, the playboy son of the owner must find out what is happening before the company is sold.


  • William Collier, Jr. as Bruce Harrington
  • Sally Blane as Carolyn Nolan
  • J. Farrell MacDonald as D.J. 'Smokey' Nolan
  • Hobart Bosworth as Mr. Harrington
  • Axel Axelson as Axel, the fireman
  • Lina Basquette as Betty
  • Eddie Phillips (actor) as Dick Walsh (posing as Bruce)
  • Robert Ellis (actor) as Reynolds
  • Claire McDowell as Ma Nolan
  • David Rollins (actor) as Jackie Nolan
  • Tom O'Brien (American actor born 1890) as Red Connelly the Telegraph Operator
  • Huntley Gordon as President of rival railroad company
  • Brady Kline as Slim - a henchman
  • Jack Pennick as Bubba - a henchman
  • Jack Mower as a gang leader
  • Allan Forrest as a henchman


The main theme of the plot bears close similarity to The Ghost Train (play), a movie version of which was produced in England in the previous year, viz. The Ghost Train (1931 film), but that source is not acknowledged in the credits. There was a prior silent American film also entitled The Phantom Express (1925 film) (1925) which may also have been influenced altho uncredited by the original play.

Category:1932 films
Category:American films
Category:American mystery films
Category:English-language films
Category:Black-and-white films

Irving C. Franklin

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