|The Phantom of the West|
|Directed by|| D. Ross Lederman |
|Written by|| Wyndham Gittens |
|Produced by||Nat Levine|
|Starring|| Tom Tyler |
|Cinematography|| M. A. Anderson |
|Edited by||Wyndham Gittens|
|Music by||Lee Zahler|
|Distributed by||Mascot Pictures|
|10 chapters (172 minutes)|
The Phantom of the West is a 1931 American pre-Code Western film serial and was the second all-talking serial produced by Mascot Pictures. Tom Tyler stars as Jim Lester, trying to prove that Francisco Cortez (Frank Lanning) is innocent of killing Lester's father years before. The real villain is the mysterious Phantom and his League of the Lawless.
Francisco Cortez escapes prison after serving fifteen years for the murder of Jim Lester's father. Hunted by a posse, the escaped convict takes refuge in Jim Lester's house. When Lester discovers him, Cortez proclaims his innocence. He lists the names of seven men, one of which is the real killer, the murderer calling himself "The Phantom".
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