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The Gaunt Stranger (aka The Phantom Strikes)

Starring: Sonnie Hale & Alexander Knox Director: Walter Forde
Based on a classic Edgar Wallace mystery tale, a mysterious criminal known as "The Ringer" goes on a vengeful killing spree as Scotland Yard investigates.
The Gaunt Stranger (aka The Phantom Strikes)
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 13 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
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  • Originally Released: 1938
  • Label: Alpha Video
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33

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A deranged killer calling himself "The Ringer" threatens to kill the crooked London lawyer who drove his sister to suicide. Arrogant attorney Morris Meister dismisses the chilling death threat against him, comforted by the knowledge that the real Ringer was reportedly drowned over a year ago. Or was he? Scotland Yard detectives are now considering the horrifying possibility that the dead man may be very much alive and stalking the city.

The Gaunt Stranger (aka The Phantom Strikes) was the third British screen adaptation of novelist Edgar Wallace's hit mystery "The Ringer" and the second cinematic attempt at the story by producer Michael Balcon and director Walter Forde (collaborators on the previous 1931 version). Boasting atmospheric camerawork by future director Ronald Neame (The Poseidon Adventure) and an intense script by Sidney Gilliat (the screenwriter for Alfred Hitchcock's The Lady Vanishes and Jamaica Inn), The Gaunt Stranger is a classic of British suspense cinema.

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An early horror film about a master criminal who plots to assassinate his ex-partner who is supposedly under "police protection." A.K.A. "The Phantom Strikes."

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Assassination | Suspense | Thriller | Vintage

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Rating 4.5 Suprise Ending Movie Lover: from MIDDLE VILLAGE, NY US -- November, 23, 2010

If you enjoy a film with a surpise twist at the end, this British film is perfect for you. Not only does it provide a surprise; it provies two. Of all the Edgar Wallace stories, this is the best I've seen.

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  • Sales Rank: 3,004
  • UPC: 089218526397
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