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The Phantom Light
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- Aspect Ratio : Unknown
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Language : English
- Package Dimensions : 18.8 x 13.2 x 0.8 cm; 58.97 Grams
- Director : Michael Powell
- Run time : 70 minutes
- Actors : Milton Rosmer, Reginald Tate, Binnie Hale, Barry O'Neill, Donald Calthrop
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
- Studio : Network
- Producers : Michael Balcon
- ASIN : B013F0828S
- Number of discs : 1
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Michael Powell directs this classic British comedy thriller starring Binnie Hale and Gordon Harker.The film follows lighthouse keeper Sam Higgins (Harker) as he arrives at his new post amid rumours that the North Stack Lighthouse has been at the centre of many a strange event.
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Of course, this isn't quite up with the best - he was working with limited means and still finding his feet - and he hadn't yet met Emeric Pressburger, a partnership that raised them both from good to the truly great - but it's jolly good fun, with great documentory photography, a witty script, lively players and, when we enter the studio, good sets and model work. (God bless the IMDB reviewer who thought it was filmed entirely in a real lighthouse. He probably also thinks Superman can fly.)
Binnie Hale and Gordon Harker are good, down-to-earth players (from the Music Hall tradition) and make a refreshing change from the excess of gentility that spoils much British cinema. It's full of Powell's love of landscape and quirky sense of humour. Hale wanders around for much of the time in DIY shorts, simply to show off her fine legs. Also, there's a rather incongruous small boy on a ship who wanders around grinning from ear to ear, as if he visited the studio with his dad and found himself cast in the film.
Of course, it's a fairly inconsequential bit of fluff - the 'Ghost Train' transposed to a Lighthouse - but carried off with great panache and sense of fun. Powell put his soul into everything he did and, most important of all, had fun while he was doing it. In short, an early apprentice work from a master.
An entertaining comedy-thriller (though neither genre is truly fulfilled) about a supposedly haunted lighthouse, mysterious deaths and shipwrecks, the film is headed up by the always reliable, cheery cockney Gordon Harker and Binnie Hale, with her long legs surpassing her acting! The screenplay has witty lines throughout and Powell moves the story along at a good pace aided by a fine atmospheric backdrop. (Incidentally, this Network release does not have subtitles although stated otherwise on the sleeve).