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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 »
User Reviews:
The Phantom Goes Musical See more (71 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:
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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 original script revealed Claudin to be Christine's father, who abandoned her and her mother in order to pursue a musical career. When this was excised from the final film, it left Claudin's obsession with Christine unexplained.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Anatole is pursuing the Phantom over the catwalk, the ladder wobbles in long shots but is very stable when the actors are in close-up.See more »
Quotes:
[Christine has left Raoul and Anatole in her dressing room while she greets a crowd of admirers]
Raoul D'Aubert:Would you join me for a bit of supper at the Cafe de l'Opera?
Anatole Garron:With pleasure, monsieur.
Raoul D'Aubert:Think we can get through this crowd?
Anatole Garron:Certainly. After all, who'd pay any attention to a baritone and a detective?
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Soundtrack:
AMOUR ET GLOIRESee more »

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8 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
The Phantom Goes Musical, 9 April 2005
Author: gftbiloxi (gftbiloxi@yahoo.com) from Biloxi, Mississippi

Gaston Leroux's penny-dreadful novel was hardly the stuff of great literature, but it did manage to tap into the public consciousness with its gas-light-Gothic tale of a beautiful singer menaced by a horrific yet seductive serial killer lurking in the forgotten basement labyrinths of the Paris Opera. Lon Chaney's silent classic kept the basic elements of the novel intact--and proved one of the great box office hits of its day, a fact that prompted Universal Studios to contemplate a remake throughout most of the 1930s.

Although several proposals were considered (including one intended to feature Deanna Durbin, who despised the idea and derailed the project with a flat refusal), it wasn't until 1943 that a remake reached the screen. And when it did, it was an eye-popping Technicolor extravaganza, all talking, all singing, and dancing. The Phantom had gone musical.

In many respects this version of PHANTOM anticipates the popular Andrew Lloyd Webber stage musical, for whereas the Chaney version presented the Phantom as a truly sinister entity, this adaptation presents the character as one more sinned against than sinning--an idea that would color almost every later adaptation, and Webber's most particularly so. But it also shifts the focus of the story away from the title character, who is here really more of a supporting character than anything else. The focus is on Paris Opera star Christine Dae, played by Susanna Foster. In this version Christine is not only adored by the Phantom; she is also romantically pursued by two suitors who put aside their differences to protect her.

Directed by Universal workhorse Arthur Lubin, this version is truly eye-popping as only a 1940s Technicolor spectacular could be: the color is intensely brilliant, and Lubin makes the most of it by focusing most of his camera-time on the stage of the Paris Opera itself and splashing one operatic performance after another throughout the film. But in terms of actual story interest, the film is only so-so. Susanna Foster had a great singing voice, but she did not have a memorable screen presence, and while the supporting cast (which includes Nelson Eddy, Edgar Barrier, Leo Carrillo, and Jane Farrar) is solid enough they lack excitement. And the pace of the film often seems a bit slow, sometimes to the point of clunkiness.

The saving grace of the film--in addition to the aforementioned photography, which won an Oscar--is Claude Rains. A great artist, Rains did not make the mistake of copying Chaney, and although the script robs the Phantom of his most fearsome aspects, Rains fills the role with subtle menace that is wonderful to behold, completely transcending the film's slow pace, the lackluster script, and "sanitized for your protection" tone so typical of Universal Studios in the 1940s. Unless you're a die-hard Phantom fan you're likely to be unimpressed.

Gary F. Taylor, aka GFT, Amazon Reviewer

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