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The Phantom of the Opera -- A mad, disfigured composer seeks love with a lovely young opera singer.

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Director:
Writer:
Gaston Leroux (from the celebrated novel by)
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Release Date:
15 November 1925 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The greatest horror film of modern cinema! See more »
Plot:
A mad, disfigured composer seeks love with a lovely young opera singer. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
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User Reviews:
Chaney outshines everyone. See more (119 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Lon Chaney ... The Phantom

Mary Philbin ... Christine Daae

Norman Kerry ... Vicomte Raoul de Chagny
Arthur Edmund Carewe ... Ledoux

Gibson Gowland ... Simon Buquet
John St. Polis ... Comte Philip de Chagny (as John Sainpolis)
Snitz Edwards ... Florine Papillon
Mary Fabian ... Carlotta (1929 re-edited version only)
Virginia Pearson ... Carlotta / Carlotta's Mother (1929 re-edited version)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Olive Ann Alcorn ... La Sorelli (uncredited)
Joseph Belmont ... Stage Manager (uncredited)
Alexander Bevani ... Mephistopheles (uncredited)
Earl Gordon Bostwick ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Edward Cecil ... Faust (uncredited)

Ruth Clifford ... Ballerina (uncredited)
Chester Conklin ... Orderly (uncredited)
Roy Coulson ... The Jester (uncredited)

Bruce Covington ... M. Moncharmin (uncredited)
Ward Crane ... Count Ruboff (uncredited)
George Davis ... Guard at Christine's Door (uncredited)
Madame Fiorenza ... Mme. Giry - Keeper of the Box (uncredited)
Cesare Gravina ... Manager (uncredited)
William Humphrey ... M. Debienne (uncredited)
Carla Laemmle ... Prima Ballerina (uncredited)
Edward Martindel ... Comte Philip de Chagny (1929 re-edited version) (uncredited)
Grace Marvin ... Martha (uncredited)
John Miljan ... Valentin (uncredited)
Rolfe Sedan ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Bernard Siegel ... Joseph Buquet (uncredited)
William Tracy ... Ratcatcher - Messenger from the Shadows (uncredited)
William Tyroler ... Director of Opera Orchestra (uncredited)
Vola Vale ... Ballerina (uncredited)
Anton Vaverka ... Prompter (uncredited)
George B. Williams ... M. Ricard (uncredited)
Ed Wolff ... Mob Leader at Finale (uncredited)
Edith Yorke ... Mama Valerius (uncredited)

Directed by
Rupert Julian 
Lon Chaney (uncredited)
Ernst Laemmle (uncredited)
Edward Sedgwick (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
Gaston Leroux (from the celebrated novel by)

Walter Anthony  titles (uncredited)
Elliott J. Clawson  adaptation (uncredited)
Bernard McConville  treatment (uncredited)
Frank M. McCormack  uncredited
Tom Reed  titles (uncredited)
Raymond L. Schrock  adaptation (uncredited)
Jasper Spearing  treatment (uncredited)
Richard Wallace  additional comedy material (uncredited)

Produced by
Carl Laemmle .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Joseph Carl Breil (San Francisco world premiere)
Roy Budd (1993)
Carl Davis (1996)
Gustav Hinrichs (New York premiere)
Gabriel Thibaudeau (1990)
Rick Wakeman (1990)
Sam Perry (1929 sound re-release) (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Milton Bridenbecker (uncredited)
Virgil Miller (uncredited)
Charles Van Enger (uncredited)
 
Film Editing by
Edward Curtiss (uncredited)
Maurice Pivar (uncredited)
Gilmore Walker (uncredited)
 
Production Design by
Ben Carré (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Charles D. Hall (uncredited)
Elmer Sheeley (uncredited)
 
Set Decoration by
Russell A. Gausman (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
Lon Chaney .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Raymond L. Schrock .... executive production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joe Pasternak .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Ben Carré .... consulting artist (uncredited)
Charles Gemora .... opera house set design (uncredited)
Charles A. Logue .... scenic artist (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Jack Foley .... foley artist: re-issue (uncredited)
C. Roy Hunter .... recording supervisor: re-issue (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Trey Freeman .... digital artist: digital restoration and color correction (restored version)
Jerome Ash .... visual effects supervisor (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Edward T. Estabrook .... supervisor: color photography (uncredited)
Roman Freulich .... still photographer (uncredited)
Cliff Shirpser .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Ken Strickfaden .... electrician (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Joseph Cherniavsky .... synchronization (1929 re-release) (uncredited)
 
Music Department
James Fitzpatrick .... music contractor (1996)
David Broekman .... composer: stock music (1929 re-release) (uncredited)
Arthur Jentsch .... composer: stock music (1929 reissue) (uncredited)
Hugo Riesenfeld .... composer: stock music (1929 reissue) (uncredited)
William Schiller .... composer: additional music (1929 re-release) (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Carl Laemmle .... presenter
Carl Laemmle .... president: Universal Pictures Corp.
Ernest Belcher .... ballet master (uncredited)
Lon Chaney .... mask maker: his own mask (uncredited)
Edwards Davis .... adr voice (uncredited)
Archie Hall .... technical director (uncredited)
Fay Holderness .... adr voice (uncredited)
Ernst Laemmle .... director: sound sequences (uncredited)
Jack Lawton .... title designer: notes (uncredited)
Robert Ross .... assistant: Mr. Julian (uncredited)
Edward Sedgwick .... supplementary director (uncredited)
Ralph Slosser .... set production assistant (uncredited)
Phillips Smalley .... adr voice (uncredited)
Miss Starkey .... secretary (uncredited)
Meta Stern .... researcher (uncredited)
William von Wymetal .... choreographer (uncredited)
Aileen Webster .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Max Winkler .... cue sheet compiler (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Kevin Phelan .... special thanks: FilmTel supervisor (1999 restoration)
 
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Runtime:
93 min | UK:101 min (original release) | USA:92 min (1995 version) | USA:107 min (DVD version) | Canada:106 min (Ontario) | 95 min (1929 re-release)
Country:
Color:
Black and White | Color (2-strip Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (talking sequences, musical score and sound effects) (1929 re-release) | Silent
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Netherlands:14 (original rating) (1928) | UK:PG | USA:Unrated | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

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Trivia:
Sound stage 28 (the Phantom Stage) has been used in countless other films and television series including Phantom of the Opera (1943), Dracula (1931), The Raven (1935), "The Sixth Sense" (1972) and Torn Curtain (1966).See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 1929 cut: The flickering of lights just before the chandelier fall are on faders during the re-shot footage. During the cross-cutting with the 1925 footage, however, they are on breakers.See more »
Quotes:
Christine:[title card] You... You are the Phantom!
Erik:[title card] If I am the Phantom, it is because man's hatred has made me so... If I shall be saved, it will be because your love redeems me.
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FAQ

How much of the film was presented in color?
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14 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Chaney outshines everyone., 19 December 2001
Author: jondaris from Baltimore, MD

Chaney is best known today for two roles: Quasimodo in "The Hunchback of Notre Dame," and Erik in "The Phantom of the Opera." The pair contrast the human response to physical deformity. While Quasimodo searches for kindness and acts to protect his home and loved ones, Erik shuns humanity and in his hatred and isolation becomes truly evil.

Christine Daae (Mary Philbin) is the understudy at the Paris Opera house, an ancient structure built over a network of torture chambers and interconnecting cellars. Rumors abound of a ghost or phantom who stalks the halls, and even rents his own box for the performances. With the help of this mysterious stranger, Daae becomes the lead diva.

Daae, apparently fine with her benefactor's use of extortion and mass murder to help her career, dumps her boyfriend Raoul (Norman Kerry) and follows the masked Phantom into the bowels of the opera house. She is, however, sensitive enough to collapse in a faint at the discovery that her benefactor is the legendary Phantom, and at his profession of love for her.

Awakening, she discovers herself in a lavish bedroom he has prepared for her, with her name engraved on a hand mirror. But upon snatching off the Phantom's mask, she realizes that he isn't Prince Charming after all, but hideously deformed, with a skull-like face.

The Phantom returns her to the opera, telling her that she must never see Raoul again. Upon reflection, however, Christine decides that looks and sanity are more important to her in a lover than she originally thought, and makes plans to meet Raoul at the annual masked ball. Raoul, neither particularly brave or smart, suggests that the two of them hightail it out of town. Christine, not one to run before her chance at the big time, suggests that they flee after the following evening's performance. Erik, of course, is listening in.

At that point Erik drops his nice-guy facade, hangs a stagehand who discovers his trap door, kidnaps Christine and flees into the cellars. He is hotly pursued by Raoul and a Secret Police inspector, who are followed by Raoul's brother, who is followed by angry mob led by the murdered stagehand's brother.

Erik, meanwhile, is trying to convince Christine of his capacity to reform ("No longer like a toad in these foul cellars will I secrete the venom of hatred -- for you shall bring me love!"). Alas, his plans to become a good husband are interrupted by the need to bump off a few of his pursuers, using elaborate boody traps and alarms throughout the dungeons.

The final minute of the movie is perhaps the best, with Erik's final gesture proving that his mental ability far outweighs that of anyone else in the film. He goes out in style, leaving the dim-witted Raoul and his amoral girlfriend to live happily ever after.

The two best things are Chaney's over-the-top performance as Erik and the spectacular sets. Chaney had a way of making any other actors in a film appear flat and lifeless, and this is no exception. The elaborate set of the opera house and the gothic appearance of the dungeons are still impressive, and the tinting and two-strip technicolor in the Bal Masque sequence look great.

"Phantom" is rousing horror/adventure, while "Hunchback" was a touching allegorical film. The latter is better and more serious, but "Phantom" is still some of the most fun it's possible to have before a movie screen.

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