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Phantom of the Opera (1943)

Approved | | Drama, Horror, Music | 27 August 1943 (USA)
A disfigured violinist haunts the Paris Opera House.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Barbara Everest ...
Franz Liszt
Nicki Andre ...


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 <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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The Picture That has Everything! ROMANCE!...in the shadow of sinister suspense! MUSIC! that mounts to thrilling rapture! SUSPENSE!...opera with death at every performance! See more »


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Release Date:

27 August 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El fantasma de la ópera  »


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$1,500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Nelson Eddy's hair was to be dyed black because of script requirements for his role of operatic baritone Anatole, maybe intending to refer to Norman Kerry looks in the silent version. According to the documentary included in the 1943 version DVD, Nelson only agreed when Jack Pierce, Universal make-up master, developed a one-day tinting that could be washed out after each day's shooting, allowing Nelson (who was of Dutch ancestry) to recover his characteristic blond hair. See more »


When Claudin (Claude Rains) is being tested by the maestro, his fingering of the violin's strings do not match the vibrato produced. See more »


Villeneuve: You must choose between an operatic career and what is usually called "a normal life." You can't do justice to both.
Villeneuve: The artist has a special temperament, and he must live his life exclusively with those who understand it.
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MARTHA (Act III, opera excerpt)
Written by Friedrich von Flotow
Lyrics translated by William von Wymetal
Sung by Nelson Eddy, Jane Farrar (dubbed by Sally Sweetland), Susanna Foster & company
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Not really a horror movie, more a romantic melodrama. Lavishly produced and Claude Rains is excellent.
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Anybody approaching 'Phantom Of The Opera' as a horror movie will probably be disappointed, but if you look upon it as a romantic melodrama it's pretty entertaining. The sets (mostly recycled from the twenties version) are lavish, the music is strong and the performances are good, especially the wonderful Claude Rains ('The Invisible Man', 'Casablanca', 'Notorious') who is excellent (as always). The rest of the cast includes songbirds Nelson Eddy and Susanna Foster, the late Hume Cronyn in a bit part, and a nice cameo from Fritz Leiber (the father of the famous science fiction and fantasy writer Fritz Leiber, Jr) as Franz Liszt. 'Phantom Of The Opera' is far from my favourite Universal horror movie but I still enjoyed it and it's worth watching, though I think in many ways the Hammer remake in the 1960s starring Herbert Lom is a better movie.

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