The Gaunt Stranger


The Gaunt Stranger (released as The Phantom Strikes in the US) is a 1938 British mystery thriller film directed by Walter Forde. It stars Sonnie Hale, Wilfrid Lawson and Alexander Knox.

A notorious killer, long believed to have died in Australia, returns to England seeking revenge for the death of his sister. The "Ringer" threatens to murder the criminal mastermind Maurice Meister. Detective Inspector Alan Wembury is assigned to the case and, despite his strong dislike for Meister, attempts to protect him with the reluctant assistance of another criminal, Sam Hackett, who has been released from prison as he is the only man able to identify the "Ringer". Even with his help, Wembury struggles to unmask their target before the time at which Meister is due to be killed.

The film was made by and at Ealing Studios,[4] and was the company's first release after Michael Balcon's appointment as head of production. It was based on the 1925 novel The Gaunt Stranger by Edgar Wallace, which had been renamed The Ringer in 1926, and which Forde had previously adapted as The Ringer in 1931. So the 1939 film used the original novel title, although the opening credits state that it is based on Wallace's novel The Ringer.[2] The film was screened by the censors on 4 October 1938,[3] but didn't premier until 10 January 1939, when it opened at Gaumont Haymarket as second film in a double bill with The Cowboy and the Lady.[1] It was, however, popular enough for a British re-release in 1945.

IMDB give John Longden as Inspector Wembury, in fact Patrick Barr played this part.

Quelle: Wikipedia(englisch)
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Genre:Kriminalfilm, Mysteryfilm, Romanverfilmung
Herstellungsland:Vereinigtes Königreich
IMDB: 124
Verleih:Ealing Studios
Regie:Walter Forde
Drehbuch:Sidney Gilliat
Kamera:Ronald Neame
Musik:Ernest Irving
Produzent:Michael Balcon
Darsteller:Sonnie Hale
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