Forgotten Fantomas

No, Princess Danidoff! Fantômas will never be Forgotten!

Pal Fejos’s 1932 FANTÔMAS is only part of the show over at The Daily Notebook today — check it out.

Among the many interesting and weird aspects of the movie, is the extent to which the master-criminal’s  Mastery of Disguise is deployed. Here’s the aftermath of a murder scene. A detective has been stationed to see that nobody leaves the room, even though to all appearances, nobody is IN the room. Do watch the clip before reading on ~

“How many Indians are hiding in this room?” went the old-time western saying, the answer being “As many as want to.”

In Bob (THE MYSTERY MEN) Burden’s surreal superhero comic The Flaming Carrot, there was a villain known as “The Chair”, owing to the fact that his one superpower was the ability to transform himself into a chair. Eventually, supervillain work dried up for him, we’re told, and he now earns a meagre living impersonating background furniture in other comic books.

Of course, since Fantômas is a world-class desperado, he disguises himself as a nicely-upholstered armchair. No rickety stool, he.

And somewhere in 1932, Edogawa Rampo watched with a notepad…

5 Responses to “Forgotten Fantomas”

  1. Exceptionally suave.

  2. david wingrove Says:

    I had no idea Pal Fejos even made a Fantomas film. My oh my, that man certainly got around!

  3. He did indeed! Looking forward to getting into his Hollywood output next.

  4. Bathroom doors that lock people IN: a movie-only as-needed phenomenon, or is Europe actually full of them? Le Million features a dressing room door that locks people in.

  5. Heh! I didn’t even question it, so impressed was I with his disguise.

    Movies really do exist in a reverse mirror-world, as with the hotel door opening OUT into the corridor in Double Indemnity, which must have caused many a broken nose.

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