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Submitted by Roger Mellor

The Phantom Light (1934)
"Radio Times" film guide

Director - Michael Powell
Starring - Binnie Hale
Running Time - 76 mins
Country of Origin - UK

This has gained a high reputation among Michael Powell's early films because of its good cast, lurid subject matter, continued availability, and tenuous links to later major works. But Powell is really sunk by the atrocious story, more suited to a Will Hay send-up, as new lighthouse keeper Gordon Harker uncovers a shipwreckers' plot. The director tried hard to create atmosphere with his limited location work at Portmadoc [well, in that area anyway] and by some dramatic lighting effects - and he obviously enjoyed having Binnie Hale show off her legs - but he achieved far more in some of his other B-pictures of the period.

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