Cast & Crew
In order to avoid a nationwide manhunt, killer "Dapper Dan" Geary escapes to the Canadian woods at Elks River, Manitoba, where author Stephen Norris, who looks just like him, is on retreat. While Geary binds Stephen and dresses in his clothes, a group of bandits led by Frenchie La Farge, who are being chased by mounties, seek refuge at Norris' cabin, where they recognize Geary's partner, Jojo Regan. Meanwhile, Doris McCloud, the daughter of Inspector McCloud, takes mountie Jim "Mac" McGregor, with whom she is in love, to meet Norris. They unknowingly meet Geary instead, and he hires Doris as his stenographer. Geary next befriends McCloud and, learning of a large payroll coming through town, tries to ambush the mail coach. Frenchie's men, however, also intercept the stagecoach and knock out Mac, its mountie escort. Mac revives and chases a lone suspect to the hotel, where he see him climb through Geary's window. When Mac confronts her with Geary's guilt, Doris, still loyal to Norris, reads his manuscript to Mac, who recognizes Geary's words as those of author Guy de Maupassant. Next, at a masquerade ball, Geary, Regan and Frenchie scheme to steal the diamond necklace of a lady attending. Mac, meanwhile, gets fingerprints from Geary's glass before meeting Doris at the ball. When Frenchie turns out the lights, Regan steals the jewels and hides them in Geary's hotel room. Frenchie again eludes the mounties. The next day, Doris discovers the necklace and calls the police, but Geary intercepts the call. During a Monopoly game, Norris attacks Frenchie with a chair and escapes. Mac then learns that the writer's fingerprints are really Geary's and, finding Norris in the woods, arrests him, believing he is Geary. Geary, meanwhile, takes Doris to Norris' cabin, which is soon surrounded by mounties looking for Frenchie. After Regan is shot, Mac forces the bandits out with tear gas, and although Geary holds Doris hostage, Mac saves her. Mac then gives Doris Maupassant's book and they kiss.
The onscreen title card reads "James Oliver Curwood's Phantom Patrol." The release date was changed from 3 May to October 30, 1936, although the film did not run in New York until 22-23 July 1937. Notably, the character of the writer, Stephen Norris, bears the same name as this film's screen adaptor.