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Phantom of the Opera (1943)

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This is the story of a disfigured violinist who haunts the Paris Opera House



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Susanna Foster ...
Edgar Barrier ...
Leo Carrillo ...
Signor Ferretti
Jane Farrar ...
J. Edward Bromberg ...
Fritz Feld ...
Frank Puglia ...
Steven Geray ...
Barbara Everest ...
Fritz Leiber ...
Nicki Andre ...
Gladys Blake ...


Pit violinist Claudin hopelessly loves rising operatic soprano Christine Dubois (as do baritone Anatole and police inspector Raoul) and secretly aids her career. But Claudin loses both his touch and his job, murders a rascally music publisher in a fit of madness, and has his face etched with acid. Soon, mysterious crimes plague the Paris Opera House, blamed on a legendary "phantom" whom none can find in the mazes and catacombs. But both of Christine's lovers have plans to ferret him out. Written by Rod Crawford <>

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Release Date:

27 August 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El fantasma de la ópera  »

Box Office


$1,500,000 (estimated)

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(Western Electric Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Arthur Lubin replaced original director Henry Koster. See more »


(at around 40mins) There is an prominent cymbal crash in the orchestral score which happens at about a second before the actor actually clashes his pair of cymbals. See more »


Amiot: [Upon hearing about a thief in the opera house] Call the police at once! This must be stopped!
Vereheres: Monsieur, I'm afraid the police can't stop that. It's he.
Amiot: Who?
[VEREHERES begins to make gestures at his nose and chin]
Amiot: Oh, please. Don't start that nonsense again, Vercheres. At your age, you ought to know that there aren't any ghosts.
Vereheres: Monsieur, you are skeptical, but I don't like ghosts. I'm a busy man.
Lecours: What's that?
Amiot: Oh, our brilliant stage manager insists there's a malicious ghost prowling about the ...
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(Russian Opera sequence)
Adapted by Edward Ward (from Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's "4th Symphony")
Lyrics by George Waggner, translated by William von Wymetal
Sung by Nelson Eddy, Nicki Andre & company
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Horror(?)In Color!!!!!!!!!!!
20 September 2001 | by (Mineral Wells, Texas) – See all my reviews

I'm not sure if I'd call this a horror movie(it's certainly a drama).It is the result of good acting,filming,and glorious color!!!!!!!I've never seen a Universal horror movie in color other than this!The story isn't a real adaption of Gaston Leroux's novel.It has several changes made that make it different from the book.It's a must-see for movie lovers.Horror or otherwise.

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