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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:
The corrupt Lord Ambrose D'Arcy (Michael Gough) steals the life's work of the poor composer Professor L... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
1 nomination See more »
NewsDesk:
(19 articles)
User Reviews:
Atmospheric Opera Fun See more (48 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
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Language:
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)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
At one point, Christopher Lee was seriously considered for the Phantom part.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: 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 »
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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Movie Connections:
Version of Phantom of the Paradise (1974)See more »
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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12 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Atmospheric Opera Fun, 31 August 2001

The novel The Phantom of the Opera has been filmed at least ten times plus now. This entry by Hammer Studios is one of the better ones, bringing a liberal change in storytelling as well as some very atmospheric settings and camera work. Directed by Terence Fisher, this film, like Fisher's The Gorgon, is highly poetic. The phantom is a former music professor who has been pushed into his life of seclusion and physical deformity. He is a figure of sympathetic pity rather than horror. It is this point of view which makes this film very interesting as the phantom is not the monster but rather just a man who has been mistreated trying to cope and resurrect his life. Yep, he still lives in the sewers of Paris. The Hammer sets are wonderful all around, particularly the opera house and the winding underground sewers. Hammer also puts their stamp of luxuriant looking cinematography on. Herbert Lom plays the man behind the mask. Lom does a nice job in the film as do all the leads. Heather Sears is a striking heroine, and Edward Da Souza makes an affable leading man. The real star, apart from Fisher's direction, is Michael Gough. Boy, can this man play a mean individual. Gough's screen time is magic as he malevolently belittles everyone around him, steals things that are not his, and lewdly leers at anything in a skirt! The film also boasts some fine staged opera numbers and a beautiful soundtrack. Many scenes show Fisher's competence and ability to create lush moods whilst being able to provide good storytelling.

A fine Phantom edition.

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