The Phantom Stage

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

The Phantom Stage
Directed byGeorge Waggner
Produced byTrem Carr
Written byGeorge Waggner
StarringBob Baker
Marjorie Reynolds
George Cleveland
Forrest Taylor
Music byFrank Sanucci
CinematographyHarry Neumann
Edited byCharles Craft, Carl Pierson
Release date
  • January 1, 1939 (1939-01-01) (USA)
Running time
58 minutes
CountryUnited States


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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  • "The Phantom Stage - Synopsis". Fandango. Retrieved 2013-01-30.
  • "The Phantom Stage (1939)". IMDB. Retrieved 2013-01-30.
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