Genre Music, Western
Screenplay George Waggner
|Director George Waggner|
Music director Frank Sanucci
|Writer George Waggner (screenplay)|
Release date January 1, 1939 (1939-01-01) (USA)
Cast Bob Baker, Marjorie Reynolds, George Cleveland, Forrest Taylor, Ernie Adams, Reed Howes
Similar movies Related George Waggner movies
The Phantom Stage was a 1939 "B" movie directed by George Waggner starring Bob Baker as a singing cowboy.
Bob Carson (Bob Baker) and his sidekick Grizzly (George Cleveland) hear that a stagecoach owned by Mary (Marjorie Reynolds) is being mysteriously robbed of gold shipments. The gold is placed in the strongbox, but has vanished when the stagecoach arrives at its destination. Carson takes on the job of driving the stage. It turns out that a local bad guy has a small accomplice who hides in a case that is shipped on the stage, and slips out to steal the gold from the strongbox during the journey, then retreats to the case. At the other end, the case is taken away but the strongbox is empty. Carson works out the trick, hides in the case, is discovered, escapes, and the villain is captured. With the problem solved, Carson marries Mary.
The Phantom Stage was the last of Universal's singing cowboy movies featuring Bob Baker.
A reviewer said of the gold theft approach, "... this plot element is handled in so ludicrous a manner that Bob Baker's musical interludes actually come as a relief!"
ReferencesThe Phantom Stage Wikipedia
The Phantom Stage IMDb The Phantom Stage themoviedb.org