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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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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on September 13, 1943 with Nelson Eddy and Susanna Foster reprising their film roles. 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 »


Signor Ferretti: [FERRETTI is telling CLAUDIN that if he can no longer pay for CHRISTINE's lessons, FERRETTI will have to stop teaching her] I'm sorry, Claudin. Really sorry. If I had the time- But my expenses are great, and you must remember that many who can pay are waiting to study with me. Well, I'll let her come a few times, and, uh, then I will tell her she no longer needs me.
Enrique Claudin: B-But that isn't true.
Signor Ferretti: As a matter of fact, if you had the money, she might be launched on a career very soon. I assume that ...
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Version of Il fantasma (1998) See more »


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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The Phantom With Opera!
30 January 2001 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

The splendor of Technicolor and the lavish opera sequences distinguish this version of the famous story. While this version bears little resemblance to the original, it does feature a first-rate performance by Claude Rains, in the title role. It certainly employs the best production values of any filmed version, and provides for high entertainment. Recommended.

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