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Director:
Writers:
Anthony Hinds (screenplay)
Gaston Leroux (composition)
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Release Date:
15 August 1962 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Out of the hell-fire of horror unimaginable rises the figure of terror incarnate! See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Off with the mask again See more (49 total) »

Cast

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Herbert Lom ... The Phantom (Prof. L. Petrie)
Heather Sears ... Christine Charles
Edward de Souza ... Harry Hunter
Thorley Walters ... Lattimer

Michael Gough ... Lord Ambrose d'Arcy
Harold Goodwin ... Bill
Martin Miller ... Rossi
Liane Aukin ... Maria
Sonya Cordeau ... Yvonne
Marne Maitland ... Xavier
Miriam Karlin ... Charwoman

Patrick Troughton ... The Rat Catcher
Renee Houston ... Mrs. Tucker
Keith Pyott ... Weaver
John Harvey ... Sgt. Vickers
Michael Ripper ... Longfaced Cabbie
Miles Malleson ... 2nd Cabby
Ian Wilson ... The Dwarf
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ray Cooper ... Shocked Tympanist (uncredited)
Leila Forde ... Teresa (uncredited)
Geoff L'Cise ... Frenchman (uncredited)
Waveney Lee ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
John Maddison ... Police Insp. Dawson (uncredited)
Laurie Main ... Forbes (uncredited)

Jane Merrow ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Liam Redmond ... Police Insp. Ward (uncredited)
Fred Wood ... Stagehand (uncredited)

Directed by
Terence Fisher 
 
Writing credits
Anthony Hinds (screenplay) (as John Elder)

Gaston Leroux (composition)

Produced by
Anthony Hinds .... producer
Basil Keys .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Edwin Astley 
 
Cinematography by
Arthur Grant (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Alfred Cox 
 
Production Design by
Bernard Robinson 
 
Art Direction by
Don Mingaye 
 
Makeup Department
Roy Ashton .... makeup artist
Frieda Steiger .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Clifford Parkes .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Peter Medak .... second assistant director
John Peverall .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Jim Groom .... sound editor (as James Groom)
Jock May .... sound recordist
 
Stunts
Jack Cooper .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Len Harris .... camera operator
Tom Edwards .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Molly Arbuthnot .... wardrobe supervisor
Rosemary Burrows .... wardrobe mistress
 
Editorial Department
James Needs .... supervising editor
 
Music Department
Edwin Astley .... conductor (uncredited)
Patricia Clark .... singing voice: Heather Sears (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Tilly Day .... continuity
Dennis Maunder .... staging: opera sequences
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
USA:84 min | UK:90 min | 97 min (Extended Version)
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Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Certification:
Finland:K-12 (1987) | Finland:K-16 (1962) | Germany:16 (DVD rating) | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) | USA:Unrated | West Germany:18 (nf)

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Trivia:
The film was originally written for Cary Grant, who wanted to do a horror film. The Phantom's character was rewritten as a more tragic figure, with the dwarf (played here by Ian Wilson) doing the actual violence, to suit Grant's image. Grant declined the part (possibly unhappy with the watered down character) and it went to Lom.See more »
Goofs:
Miscellaneous: All the times we see the Phantom prior to being unmasked, his forehead above the mask is clean. But for a split second before he rips the mask off, a small scar is visible on the right side of his forehead.See more »
Quotes:
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.See more »
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Soundtrack:
Joan of ArcSee more »

FAQ

Was Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D Minor associated with horror before this film? Who chose to use that piece in this film, and why did they choose it?
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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Off with the mask again, 7 October 2012
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

In this version of The Phantom Of The Opera, the hideous phantom lurks in the sewers and catacombs of London instead of Paris. And in this third version bits of a real opera by British composer Edwin Astley highlight the musical portion of the film. That's important because in this telling of the tale, the phantom has a singular interest in this particular work.

Stepping into the shoes of Lon Chaney and Claude Rains is Herbert Lom. Because this film is done in flashback Lom is given less of a chance to create his character in the way his predecessors did. Still Lom as he did in Night And The City manages to get across both the poignancy and the evil that he's sunk to. I would also compare his characterization of Professor Petri here with what he did in Flame Over India where he got across sympathy for a character who was a terrorist.

The truly evil one here is Michael Gough who is a classic Victorian rakehell whom if he were slightly of better character and given to a bit of introspection, we could hear some Oscar Wilde aphorisms coming out of his mouth. But his Lord D'Arcy hasn't got any redeeming features whatsover. Kind of like Liberty Valance which also came out in 1962.

The young lovers here are producer Edward DeSouza and Heather Sears the singer that Lom takes an interest in. I looked to see who might have dubbed Sears for the opera sequences and found no credit. If she did it herself, truly remarkable and why didn't that part of her talent be better known.

I saw an edited version of this on YouTube and I'm convinced they involved the end of some characters in a ghastly fashion. I'd like to see a director's cut if possible.

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