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The Phantom of Hollywood (1974)

The internationally famous Worldwide Studios (really MGM) has hit hard times and is forced to sell it's back lot to Hollywood property developers. The trouble is someone keeps killing off ... See full summary »

Director:

Gene Levitt

Writers:

George Schenck (teleplay), Robert Thom (story) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Skye Aubrey ... Randy Cross
Jack Cassidy ... Otto Vonner / Karl Vonner
Jackie Coogan ... Jonathan
Broderick Crawford ... Capt. O'Neal
Peter Haskell ... Ray Burns
John Ireland ... Lt. Gifford
Peter Lawford ... Roger Cross
Gary Barton Gary Barton ... Duke
Corinne Calvet ... Mrs. Wickes
Billy Halop ... Studio Engineer
John Lupton ... Al
Kent Taylor ... Wickes
Regis Toomey ... Joe
Fredd Wayne ... Clyde
Bill Williams ... Fogel
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The internationally famous Worldwide Studios (really MGM) has hit hard times and is forced to sell it's back lot to Hollywood property developers. The trouble is someone keeps killing off the site surveyors. The studio chiefs then learn of the legend of a masked man who lives on the lot and is sworn to protect it from harm. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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Connections

Features Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) See more »

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Over the Rainbow
(uncredited)
Music by Harold Arlen
Played during the dance rehearsal and at the backlot gala
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Fun For What It Is
21 January 2017 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

The Phantom of Hollywood (1974)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Worldwide Studio has fallen on some hard times so a decision is to made to sell its back lot to some developers, which will bring in some much needed cash but at the same time it would take away from historic nature. This doesn't sit well with a mysterious figure who starts murdering people on the lot.

This here is basically a remake of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA with the main interest being that "Worldwide Studio" is actually MGM. Yes, MGM is the back lot that is used here and some of the most interesting moments happen early on when we see how some of the sets currently look and then we get a clip of the movie that they were once featured in. We get some pretty fascinating scenes doing this and there's another section where some of the MGM classics like SAN FRANCISCO, MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY and GRAND HOTEL are paid tribute to.

As far as the rest of the film goes, it's a pretty routine murder-mystery but at the same time there's a nice cast that helps keep the film moving even if its 74-minute running time seems a bit longer. I actually really liked the look of the killer as well as his choice of weapon. They really did seem like a costume from the 1930s and as I said we also get a nice cast. Jack Cassidy, Jackie Coogan, Broderick Crawford, John Ireland, Peter Lawford and Kent Taylor are all fun to watch here and certainly add to the entertainment.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 February 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El fantasma de Hollywood See more »

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MGM Television See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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