The Phantom of the Opera (1962)

Unrated  |   |  Drama, Horror, Music  |  15 August 1962 (USA)
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Terror strikes the London Opera House as a new opera is disrupted by the actions of a deformed specter of the show's past who has an obsession with one of the production's chorus girl.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Heather Sears ...
Edward de Souza ...
Thorley Walters ...
Lord Ambrose d'Arcy
Harold Goodwin ...
Martin Miller ...
Liane Aukin ...
Sonya Cordeau ...
Marne Maitland ...
Miriam Karlin ...
Renee Houston ...
Mrs. Tucker
Keith Pyott ...
John Harvey ...
Sgt. Vickers


The corrupt Lord Ambrose D'Arcy (Michael Gough) steals the life's work of the poor composer Professor L. Petrie. (Herbert Lom). In an attempt to stop the printing of music with D'Arcy's name on it, Petrie breaks into the printing office and accidentally starts a fire, leaving him severely disfigured. Years later, Petrie returns to terrorize a London opera house that is about to perform one of his stolen operas. Written by Jeremy Lunt <>

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Release Date:

15 August 1962 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Das Phantom der Oper  »

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(Extended Version)

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(RCA Sound Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


According to producer Anthony Hinds(in Wayne Kinsey's book "Hammer: The Bray Studio Years"), Cary Grant was originally slated not for the role of the Phantom, as is commonly assumed, but for the romantic lead, eventually played by Edward de Souza. See more »


The film, set in the Edwardian period (around 1900), features an opera called "Saint Joan". But Joan of Arc was not canonized until 1920. See more »


The Phantom: I am going to teach you to sing, Christine. I am going to give you a new voice! A voice so wonderful that theatres all over the world will be filled with your admirers. You will be the greatest star the opera has ever known. Greater than the greatest! And when you sing, Christine, you will be singing only... for me.
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Not too shabby
31 October 2001 | by (Oregon) – See all my reviews

Though this version strays quite far from the book, it was still very good. Herbert Lom and Micheal Gough are excellent in this film, and the Dwarf was an odd, but fun twist. I didn't think that Miss Sears was right for Christine, but she did well none the less. All in all, pretty scary for the time and a good watch. I suggest it be watched, provided of course you can find it.

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