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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

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

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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Driven by HATE to live behind a mask of horror. Driven by LOVE to steal the beauty the world denied him! See more »


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15 August 1962 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Das Phantom der Oper  »

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(Extended Version)

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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(Eastmancolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

A subplot involving a pair of Scotland Yard police inspectors on the trail of the Phantom was shot especially for the American TV version (by the TV companies, not by Hammer). This was a regular occurrence in this era, most notably with Hammer's films The Kiss of the Vampire (1963) and The Evil of Frankenstein (1964). See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Harry Hunter: [Harry is asking Christine to go out to lunch with him after she has been dismissed from the opera] I insist that you come and celebrate.
Mrs. Tucker: Celebrate, Mr. Hunter?
Harry Hunter: Yes, Mrs. Tucker. Today we both got the sack.
Christine Charles: Oh no, Harry.
Harry Hunter: Oh yes, Harry.
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Version of El fantasma de la ópera (1960) See more »

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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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