The Phantom Stage

The Phantom Stage
Directed by George Waggner
Produced by Trem Carr
Written by George Waggner
Starring Bob Baker
Marjorie Reynolds
George Cleveland
Forrest Taylor
Music by Frank Sanucci
Cinematography Harry Neumann
Edited by Charles Craft, Carl Pierson
Release dates
  • January 1, 1939 (1939-01-01) (USA)
Running time
58 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Phantom Stage was a 1939 "B" movie directed by George Waggner starring Bob Baker as a singing cowboy.[1]


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.[2]


The Phantom Stage was the last of Universal's singing cowboy movies featuring Bob Baker.[3]


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!"[3]




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