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The Phantom of the West

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The Phantom of the West
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Film poster
Directed byD. Ross Lederman
Theodore Joos
Written byWyndham Gittens
Ford Beebe
Ben Cohen
Produced byNat Levine
StarringTom Tyler
William Desmond
Tom Santschi
Dorothy Gulliver
Philo McCullough
Frank Lanning
CinematographyM. A. Anderson
Ben Kline
Joseph Novak
Edited byWyndham Gittens
Music byLee Zahler
Distributed byMascot Pictures
Release date
  • January 1, 1931 (1931-01-01)
Running time
10 chapters (172 minutes)
CountryUnited States

The Phantom of the West is a 1931 American pre-Code Western film serial and was the second all-talking serial produced by Mascot Pictures. Tom Tyler stars as Jim Lester, trying to prove that Francisco Cortez (Frank Lanning) is innocent of killing Lester's father years before. The real villain is the mysterious Phantom and his League of the Lawless.

Plot summary

Francisco Cortez escapes prison after serving fifteen years for the murder of Jim Lester's father. Hunted by a posse, the escaped convict takes refuge in Jim Lester's house. When Lester discovers him, Cortez proclaims his innocence. He lists the names of seven men, one of which is the real killer, the murderer calling himself "The Phantom".[1]




Chapter titles

  1. The Ghost Rides
  2. Stairway of Doom
  3. Horror in the Dark
  4. Battle of the Strong
  5. League of the Lawless
  6. Canyon of Calamity
  7. Price of Silence
  8. House of Hate
  9. Fatal Secret
  10. Rogue's Roundup


See also


  1. ^ Rovin, Jeff (1987). The Encyclopedia of Supervillains. New York: Facts on File. p. 262. ISBN 0-8160-1356-X.
  2. ^ Cline, William C. (1984). "Filmography". In the Nick of Time. McFarland & Company, Inc. pp. 203. ISBN 0-7864-0471-X.
Preceded byThe Lone Defender (1930) Mascot Serial The Phantom of the West (1931) Succeeded byKing of the Wild (1931)
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