Saturday, January 24, 2009

A Ghost Film about a Ghost Camera

I've seen the majority of the filmic works of the great noir actress-auteur Ida Lupino, but there's a few early obscure ones that are still escaping my all-seeing eye. Most notably among them is something called The Ghost Camera from 1933, which is described on IMDB thusly:

"When a photograph is taken at the scene of a murder, the camera is tossed out of a castle window to destroy the evidence and lands in the back of a passing car belonging to chemist John Gray who becomes amateur sleuth after developing the film and goes in search of the woman captured by the photograph".

The IMDB's page about The Ghost Camera is here, and their page about a 1936 film called The Last Journey is here. Compare and contrast for puzzling evidence:

  • Both pages show a VHS tape box for The Last Journey.

  • Both list identical directors, writers, runtime and aspect ratio.

  • Each lists a completely different cast.

  • One film is from 1933 and the other is from 1936.

    It don't make no sense.

    I'm guessing that the confusion lies in that The Ghost Camera was renamed The Last Journey for overseas release, or vice versa, but that there's another film by that name and IMDB is getting their wires crossed and mixing info about the two under the same listing.

    But that doesn't help me in my quest - when, where and how can I see The Ghost Camera on DVD, dammit??

    - - JSH
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