The Phantom Stage (1939)

Genres - Western  |   Sub-Genres - Musical Western  |   Run Time - 57 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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With Phantom Stage, Universal called it quits on singing cowboy Bob Baker's western series. The plot involves a series of outlaw raids perpetrated upon the stagecoach line owned by heroine Mary (Marjorie Reynolds). The perpetrator is a pint-sized crook called The Runt (Tex Palmer), who hides in the cargo trunk of the stage, stealing the contents while the coach is en route to its destination. This plot element is handled in so ludicrous a manner that Bob Baker's musical interludes actually come as a relief! Phantom Stage was written by one Joseph West, actually the nom de plume of the film's director, George Waggner.

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bad-guy, cowboy, gold, good-guy, robbery, stagecoach