The Phantom In The House

  • 1929
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

A complicated melodrama finds Valentine getting her inventor husband Walthall (the "Little Colonel" in THE BIRTH OF A NATION) in trouble for a murder she has committed. After Walthall's been sentenced to life, his wife changes her name and uses his inventions to make herself wealthy. Having achieved social recognition, she decides to marry off her daughter,...read more

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A complicated melodrama finds Valentine getting her inventor husband Walthall (the "Little Colonel" in THE BIRTH OF A NATION) in trouble for a murder she has committed. After Walthall's been sentenced to life, his wife changes her name and uses his inventions to make herself wealthy.

Having achieved social recognition, she decides to marry off her daughter, Welford, to a respectable party, though the girl loves regular guy Cortez. Walthall returns from prison after 15 years and is introduced to his daughter as a "family friend." Valentine threatens to expose his past when

Walthall sides with Welford's decision to marry for love. When judge Curran tells Cortez Walthall's story, a fight breaks out. Curran is killed by Curtis, Walthall's old prison mate, but Cortez is blamed for the murder. Walthall manages to right this wrong and Valentine repents. Husband and

daughter reconcile with her as they all drift off to happily-ever-after-land. Like many early talkies, this film had both silent and sound versions to accommodate the technologies of the nation's different theaters.

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