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

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Director:
Writers:
Eric Taylor (screenplay) &
Samuel Hoffenstein (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
27 August 1943 (USA) See more »
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In flaming Technicolor! See more »
Plot:
This is the story of a disfigured violinist who haunts the Paris Opera House Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Won 2 Oscars. Another 2 nominations See more »
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(498 articles)
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User Reviews:
Horror may be muted...but the music is glorious... See more (73 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Nelson Eddy ... Anatole Garron
Susanna Foster ... Christine DuBois

Claude Rains ... Erique Claudin
Edgar Barrier ... Raoul Daubert
Leo Carrillo ... Signor Ferretti
Jane Farrar ... Biancarolli
J. Edward Bromberg ... Amiot
Fritz Feld ... Lecours
Frank Puglia ... Villeneuve
Steven Geray ... Vercheres
Barbara Everest ... Aunt

Hume Cronyn ... Gerard
Fritz Leiber ... Franz Liszt
Nicki Andre ... Lorenzi
Gladys Blake ... Jeanne
Elvira Curci ... Biancarolli's Maid
Hans Herbert ... Marcel
Kate Drain Lawson ... Landlady (as Kate Lawson)

Miles Mander ... Pleyel
Rosina Galli ... Christine's Maid
Walter O. Stahl ... Doctor (as Walter Stahl)
Paul Marion ... Desjardines
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Richard Bartell ... Reporter (uncredited)
Stanley Blystone ... Officer (uncredited)
Renee Carson ... Georgette (uncredited)
Wheaton Chambers ... Reporter (uncredited)
Lane Chandler ... Officer (uncredited)
Edward Clark ... Usher (uncredited)
James Conaty ... Operagoer (uncredited)
Cyril Delevanti ... Bookkeeper (uncredited)
William Desmond ... Stagehand (uncredited)
Helen Dickson ... Operagoer (uncredited)
Ernest Golm ... Office Manager (uncredited)
Hank Mann ... Stagehand (uncredited)
Anthony Marlowe ... 'Marta' Singer (uncredited)
Alphonse Martell ... Policeman (uncredited)
Eric Mayne ... Reporter (uncredited)
Belle Mitchell ... Feretti's Maid (uncredited)

James Mitchell ... Reporter (uncredited)
Beatrice Roberts ... Nurse (uncredited)
Muni Seroff ... Reporter (uncredited)
Johnny Walsh ... Office Boy (uncredited)
Tudor Williams ... 'Marta' Singer (uncredited)
Marek Windheim ... Renfrit (uncredited)

Directed by
Arthur Lubin 
 
Writing credits
Eric Taylor (screenplay) &
Samuel Hoffenstein (screenplay)

John Jacoby (adaptation)

Gaston Leroux (novel "Le Fantôme de L'Opéra")

Hans Jacoby  uncredited

Produced by
George Waggner .... producer
Jack J. Gross .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Edward Ward 
 
Cinematography by
W. Howard Greene (director of photography)
Hal Mohr (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Russell F. Schoengarth  (as Russell Schoengarth)
 
Art Direction by
Alexander Golitzen 
John B. Goodman 
 
Set Decoration by
Russell A. Gausman  (as R.A. Gausman)
Ira Webb  (as Ira S. Webb)
 
Costume Design by
Vera West 
 
Makeup Department
Emily Moore .... hair stylist
Jack P. Pierce .... makeup artist (as Jack Pierce)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Charles S. Gould .... assistant director (as Charles Gould)
 
Art Department
Nelson Eddy .... sculptor: bronze statue of Christine DuBois
 
Sound Department
Bernard B. Brown .... sound director
Joe Lapis .... sound technician
 
Special Effects by
Tim Baar .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
John P. Fulton .... special photography (uncredited)
Russell Lawson .... matte artist (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Arthur Schutt .... orchestrator
William Tyroler .... choral direction
Edward Ward .... musical director
Harold Zweifel .... orchestrator
 
Other crew
Joan Hathaway .... dialogue director
Lester Horton .... opera sequences staged by
Natalie Kalmus .... technicolor color director
William von Wymetal .... opera sequences staged by
 

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Runtime:
92 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G (cable rating) | Australia:PG (original rating) | Brazil:14 | Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:12 | Netherlands:14 (original rating) (1947) | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | UK:PG | USA:Approved (PCA #9388) | West Germany:12 (nf)

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Trivia:
The budget was approximately $1,750,000, which included $100,000 to soundproof the still-existing opera stage from Universal's The Phantom of the Opera (1925) silent film versionSee more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: (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:
[Claudin is talking to Christine as they descend into the catacombs beneath the Opera]
Enrique Claudin:See? Didn't I tell you it was beautiful? You didn't know we had a lake all to ourselves, did you?
[Christine covers her face and sobs]
Enrique Claudin:They've poisoned your mind against me. That's why you're afraid. Look at your lake, Christine. You'll love it here when you get used to the dark. And you'll love the dark, too. It's friendly and peaceful. It brings rest and relief from pain. It's right under the Opera. The music comes down and the darkness distills it, cleanses it of the suffering that made it. Then it's all beauty. And life here is like a resurrection.
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AMOUR ET GLOIRESee more »

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24 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
Horror may be muted...but the music is glorious..., 14 April 2001
Author: Neil Doyle from U.S.A.

Before writing a film article on Claude Rains for CLASSIC IMAGES (December 2000), I took another look at 'Phantom' to appraise his performance. He's one of those rare actors who can make you feel sympathy when he plays the ill-treated violinist so that you understand why he turns into 'The Phantom'. His performance is just one asset of this handsome technicolor adaptation of the famous story. Why carp about the changes made for this version? It stands on its own as an entertaining melodrama studded with operatic sequences that give it added dimension. Nelson Eddy has never been in better voice and Susanna Foster is certainly up to the demands of her singing role. The comic aspects of the story are a bit overdone and the only weakness of the film is giving Eddy and Edgar Barrier silly routines as they compete for the hand of Foster. Aside from that, this can still be enjoyed as a horror story set against the Paris Opera background. The sets are rich and detailed. Understandably, the film won Academy Awards for color cinematography and color art direction. Edward Ward's haunting score was also nominated and contributes greatly to the overall enjoyment of the film. The horror is muted in this version--but the rich musical highlights are a compensation. Absorbing entertainment.

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