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The Phantom of the Opera (1962)

Unrated | | Drama, Horror, Music | 15 August 1962 (USA)
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.



(screenplay) (as John Elder), (composition)

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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 ...
Miriam Karlin ...
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 <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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Out of the hell-fire of horror unimaginable rises the figure of terror incarnate! See more »


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Release Date:

15 August 1962 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Das Phantom der Oper  »

Box Office


£180,000 (estimated)

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(Extended Version)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film flopped on its release, and director Terence Fisher fell out of favor with Hammer Studios, for whom he was not given another film until 1964. See more »


In the opening shot a poster announces the premier of "The Tragedy of St. Joan" as Monday, November 27, 1900. November 27, 1900 fell on a Tuesday. 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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30 December 2008 | by See all my reviews

I never have been a big Hammer film fan but I have to say that the Hammer version of Phantom of the Opera is absolutely the best I've ever seen. The story is great, the acting is great and there are a few really terrifying moments. I even almost shed a tear at the end. Poor professor Petrie! Anyway, if you haven't seen this, you owe it to yourself to check it out. I've been looking for the DVD release for years and it finally got here, although I doubt you can get it by itself. The only one i've seen so far is a Hammer double feature, the other movie being Paranoiac, starring Oliver Reed and Janette Scott. This is Hammer at its best!

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