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Phantom of the Opera (1943)

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

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Cast

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Edgar Barrier ...
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Signor Ferretti
Jane Farrar ...
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Amiot
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Lecours
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Villeneuve
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Vercheres
Barbara Everest ...
Aunt
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Gerard
Fritz Leiber ...
Nicki Andre ...
Lorenzi
Gladys Blake ...
Jeanne
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Storyline

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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27 August 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El fantasma de la ópera  »

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$1,500,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Recording)

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In the scene where the three heroes escape the Phantom's crumbling lair (which involve the three characters running from a cave in) only Susanna Foster actually appeared in the scene, the two male stars were deemed too important to film such a risky scene and had stunt doubles. See more »

Goofs

(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 »

Quotes

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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Version of The Phantom of the Opera (1925) See more »

Soundtracks

MARTHA (Act III, opera excerpt)
(uncredited)
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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Quite a good version!
22 February 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This 1943 version is a remake of the 1925 version from the same studio (Universal). Probably the most vivid and effective use of Technicolor I have seen. Lush photography, great crane shots and an impressive Paris Opera House! The operatic scenes are very well done--and they are important to the story line. Very entertaining, especially since there is no graphic violence or gore--except the Phantom's face. Nelson Eddy is in top voice. One of Hollywood's most versatile actors, Claude Rains is remarkable in the lead role. Just the year before he was the memorable Prefect of Police in "Casablanca." This production is mounted first class in every way.

The DVD release is a fantastic transfer from an original old Technicolor master.


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