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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:
2 wins See more »
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Who was that Masked Man? 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)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Edward Sedgwick directed a few scenes after director Rupert Julian walked off the set after heated arguments with cast and crew.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:
Erik:[title card] She has betrayed me!See more »
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41 out of 49 people found the following review useful.
Who was that Masked Man?, 15 March 2003
Author: lugonian from Kissimmee, Florida

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (Universal, 1925), directed by Rupert Julian, from the celebrated novel by Gaston Leroux, stars Lon Chaney, the legendary "man of a thousand faces," in what is hailed to be his most famous movie role, as well as one of the most bizarre presentations of his thousand faces ever shown on screen.

Hailed as a horror movie, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA is actually a mystery tale with added suspense that takes place in a Paris opera house believed to be haunted by a mysterious cloaked figure obsessed by one particular girl, Christine Daae (Mary Philbin), an understudy, whose main interest is her love for Raoul De Chagny (Norman Kerry), her fiancé. Christine keeps hearing a compelling voice behind the walls of her dressing room that gives her encouragement to perform. Her career soon takes a turn for the better when the lead performer is "mysteriously" unable to go on and Christine is called to take her place. The voice later summons Christine to the cellar five flights beyond the opera house where she follows this sinister man whose face is covered with a mask. Although she fears him not, Christine becomes very curious about "The Phantom," but curiosity gets the better of her when she decides to creep up from behind the phantom and remove his mask, only to get the surprise of her life. The Phantom agrees to release Christine from his underground cellar (consisting of a coffin bed where the Phantom sleeps) at a promise that she not only devote herself to her opera singing, but to never see or speak to her fiancé again. Only after Christine has a secret meeting with Raoul during a ball masque does the Phantom, who shadowed her, to make Christine his prisoner of love.

In true Universal fashion, this Gothic presentation has all the elements of a suspense thriller. From its opening shot shows a cloaked figure creeping about the underground cellar of the opera house. The storyline immediately gets down to basics in which there's a discussion amongst the staff regarding a mysterious figure roaming about, followed by the sudden appearance of another mysterious character (Arthur Edmund Carewe) walking about the opera house, saying nothing but observing everything. In between these key scenes leading to the purpose of the movie title, there are ballet and opera sequences inter-cutting the plot, along with a stage hand (Snitz Edwards) supplying some "comic relief.". This being a silent film, the compositions from FAUST cannot be heard, but are usually heard through the underscoring which accompanies the film. Besides the now familiar story and its just famous unmasking sequence, it's Chaney as Erik, the mysterious phantom, with his skull-like appearance, who makes this one of the most intense characters ever played on the screen. The movie, itself, fails to explore the background to Erik's character, as to why does he choose Christine as his selected one. Only late into the story is it realized, through the investigation in the police records by Christine's fiancé, Raoul, that Erik is not only a self-educated musician having escaped imprisonment from Devil's Island, but is actually insane. Other than being insane, he's a genius, for that he has decorated his underground chambers with certain traps, including a room that can fill with water or become filled with intense heat for his intruders. While Erik being insane might explain certain aspects as his intent to kill certain individuals at the opera house (with one scene finding one man left dangling from a noose), but fails to answer the question, "Was Erik born this way or was he a rejected creation of Doctor Frankenstein?"

So popular upon its release, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA was reissued in 1930, a shorter print with added talking sequences and new orchestral score. Universal remade THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA in 1943 with Claude Rains; and in 1962 with Herbert Lom, each performed differently from the Chaney carnation, but with some explained detail to the Phantom's background of character.

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA has achieved cult status over the years, due to constant revivals, ranging from theaters to television. It was one of the selected twelve movies shown on public television's 1975 presentation of "The Silent Years", hosted by Lillian Gish. During the era of home video in the 1980s, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA not only became a public domain title, but consisted of various versions and different scores. The Kartes Video Communications print features no scoring but a different opening introducing Raoul de Chagny (Kerry) and his brother, Philippe (John St. Polis), through title cards, and other scenes detailing the character of Carlotta (Virginia Pearson). There's even a conclusion with Christine and Raoul kissing on their honeymoon in Viroflay, a fade-out that's non-existent in most prints. BLACKHAWK Video, later Republic Home Video, included an excellent organ score (by Gaylord Carter) and clear picture quality of 79 minutes, the standard length of many video copies, but excluding the brief honeymoon closing. This similar print can be found from KINO Video.

In one of the Turner Classic Movies cable TV presentations of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA during its weekly Silent Sunday Nights a few years ago, the station, having broadcast with a traditional organ score in years past, presented Halloween night one of the worst reproductions and bad orchestrations ever presented for a silent movie, making this 97 minute version appear endless. Eventually TCM went ahead and a more soothing copy and organ score afterwards.

As it stands, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA can be seen numerous ways on video and DVD (at either 97 minutes or longer with orchestral scoring), but it's Lon Chaney's cloak figure that will remain in lasting memory long after the movie is over. (***)

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