Fantômas (1932)

Genres - Crime  |   Sub-Genres - Master Criminal Films  |   Run Time - 62 min.  |   Countries - France , United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Hal Erickson

The venerable silent-serial menace Fantomas was revived on-screen in 1932 by globetrotting filmmaker Paul Fejos. Back to his old tricks, the hooded, black-clad Fantomas goes around robbing from the rich and giving to himself, though he's not quite as homicidally inclined here as he'd been in his earlier film appearances. Jean Galland stars as the elusive "hero," while Thomy Bourdelle plays the detective who dedicates his life to bringing Fantomas to justice. Director Fejos doesn't miss a trick, running through a gamut that includes clutching hands and screams in the dark. An English-dubbed version of Fantomas was released in the U.S. in 1934.