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The Phantom of Paris (1931)

Passed | | Drama, Thriller | 12 September 1931 (USA)
Cheri-Bibi is an escape artist wrongly imprisoned for murdering the wealthy father of his admirer Cecile. The real murderer is Cecile's fiancé, so how will Bibi escape his death sentence and win back Cecile?

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Cecile Bourrelier
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Herman
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Marquis Du Touchais
Alfred Hickman ...
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Bibi is a world class escape artist, but he cannot escape the false murder charge that is placed on him. Max has killed Bourrelier before he was removed from the will so that he will be rich when he marries Cecile. Together with Vera, they put the blame on Bibi, who is a romantic rival to Max, and he is sentenced to death. But Bibi escapes before his execution and hides in Herman's secret cellar. When he learns that Max is dying, Bibi goes to his house for his confession, but Max dies before it is told to anyone else. So Bibi, has just one chance, and he goes to Dr. Gorin who will make him look like Max so that he can clear his name and put the blame where it belongs - on Max, even in death. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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12 September 1931 (USA)  »

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Der Magier von Paris  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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Although the onscreen source listed is "Chéri-Bibi," its exact published title was "Chéri-Bibi et Cécily." See more »

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Vera: I know you're no good and I love you. Cecile doesn't know you're no good and she loves Bibi, not you. I know Bibi's a splendid person, but, I couldn't be bothered with him, because I love you. Involved, isn't it?
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Another Mediocre John Gilbert Talkie From MGM
2 August 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Forgettable Early Talkie with John Gilbert Giving Hs All, but This Pre-Code Film has a Good Premise but is Strained and Stilted. It's One of Those that Screams Stage Play and is Well Acted but Unstylish and a Bit Clunky.

Everyone Goes Through the Motions but in the End, Despite a Twisty, Labored Climax the Movie Borders on Boring. There are Much Better Examples of Horror from the Time Period Like Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933), Dracula (1931), and Dr. X (1933).

Overall, Fans of John Gilbert can Witness His Transition to Talkies and Despite a Good Speaking Voice, His Career was Mishandled by MGM and Given the Short End by the Studio. While Always a Pleasure to Watch (and hear), His Talking Pictures were Mostly Mediocre.


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