The Phantom of 42nd Street (1945)

USA, 1945
35mm film, black and white, 1.37:1
mono, English

An American borderline horror film directed by Albert Herman.

Plot Summary

When an actor is killed during the performance of a play, theatre critic Tony Woolrich sets out to solve the mystery. His actress girlfriend Claudia comes under suspicion but she too is menaced by The Phantom Killer and her life is great danger during a performance of Julius Caesar.


Directed by: Albert Herman
Copyright MCMXLV [1945] by PRC Pictures, Inc
PRC Pictures, Inc presents
Associate Producer: Martin Mooney
Production Manager: Ray Young
Screenplay by: Milton Raison
Based on the Novel by: Jack Harvey and Milton Raison
Assistant Director: William A. Calihan Jr
Director of Photography: James Brown
Film Editor: Hugh Winn
Music by: Karl Hajos
Sound Engineer: Frank Webster
Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording
Wardrobe Designer: Mona Barry
Special Effects: Ray Mercer
Art Director: Paul Palmentola
Set Decorator: Harry Reif
Master of Properties: Gene Stone

Dave O’Brien (Tony Woolrich)
Kay Aldridge (Claudia Moore)
Alan Mowbray (Cecil Moore)
Frank Jenks (Romeo (taxi driver))
Edythe Elliott (Janet Buchanan)
Jack Mulhall (Lieutenant Walsh)
Vera Marshe (Ginger)
Stanley Price (Reggie Thomas)
John Crawford (John Carraby)
Cyril Delevanti (Robert)
Paul Power (Timothy Wells)



  • Kinematograph Weekly no.2017 (13 December 1945)
  • Motion Picture Herald vol.159 no.1 (7 April 1945)
  • Today’s Cinema vol.65 no.5277 (11 December 1945)


  • Feature Films, 1940-1949: A United States Filmography by Alan G. Fetrow p.372
  • Producers Releasing Corporation: A Comprehensive Filmography and History by Wheeler Dixon (ed.) p.133 – credits