THE GHOST CAMERA (1933)
Article 2634 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 6-21-2008
Posting Date: 10-29-2008
Directed by Bernard Vorhaus
Featuring Henry Kendall, Ida Lupino, John Mills
When a traveler returns from a trip, he discovers that a camera has mysteriously appeared in his car. He develops the photos to find clues that will allow him to return the camera to its rightful owner, but he discovers proof of murder. He tries to solve the murder by using the photos as his clues. Unfortunately, the incriminating photo and the camera disappear…
It’s called a ghost camera not because it’s ghostly in any way, but because it appeared unexpectedly in the main character’s car, but disappears when a theft is attempted on the camera. Therefore, the use of the word “ghost” in the title does not yield any fantastic content. As for the rest of the movie, the horror content consists only of a couple of creepy locations. I’m filing the movie under “marginalia”.
As for the movie itself, it’s entertaining enough during the first part of the movie when the investigation of the photos takes place, but it loses steam once a suspect is arrested. It takes a somewhat comic approach to the story, and though it never really ever becomes funny, it stops short of being annoying. The most interesting thing about the movie is the appearance of a young Ida Lupino as the blonde romantic interest; she does all right, but it’s really not a very interesting role.
You know, when the fantastic content is this light, sometimes I wonder if I’m wasting my time with some of these movies, but I always end up figuring that anytime I can clarify the nature of the fantastic content in these obscurities, I’m doing a service of some sort.