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Phantom Lady

An underappreciated film noir masterpiece, Phantom Lady is one of German emigré Robert Siodmak’s finest in a procession of films, including The Killers, Cry of the City, and Criss Cross. In this angular work made for Universal, a headstrong New York City secretary (Ella Raines) must get to the bottom of a murder mystery that has her boss  (Alan Curtis) headed for the gas chamber. A gaggle of underground jazz musicians led by a suitably creepy drummer (Elisha Cook, Jr. in one of his best roles) could unlock the mystery, but an old pal of Henderson’s (Franchot Tone) also has something to say about it, in true, complicated noir fashion. Dripping with headlong, frantic atmosphere and characterized by sharp editing and brilliant visual composition, much like all of Siodmak’s 1940s output, Phantom Lady is an efficient, unique entry in the noir canon. “Pushes noir into the realm of abstract nightmare.”—Jake Cole, The L Magazine.

Genres: Film Noir

Other Films by Robert Siodmak

The Killers

A critical and commercial smash featuring Lancaster’s screen debut as Swede, a man running from his past who’s too tired to run anymore, THE KILLERS is one of the key film noirs of the 1940s and one of the most atmospheric and tense films of the classical Hollywood period. In an unnamed rural town, Swede

Criss Cross

Arguably the prototypical Los Angeles noir and featuring extensive location photography in the Bunker Hill neighborhood shortly before it was razed to the ground, CRISS CROSS sees Lancaster donning the role of Steve Thompson, an armored truck driver who returns to Los Angeles in an attempt to rekindle a relationship with his estranged wife Anna

The Crimson Pirate

The most successful of Lancaster’s many action-packed swashbucklers made for his Hecht-Hill-Lancaster production company, THE CRIMSON PIRATE features Lancaster as Captain Vallo, leader of a ship of pirates intent on disrupting the plans of the British navy, who are sailing through the Caribbean to quash a rebellion on the island of Cobra. Aided by his