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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:
Another take on the famous Leroux novel 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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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:
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 »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): During the flashback sequence, Ambrose D'Arcy writes his own name on the title page of one of Professor Petrie's manuscripts, which is called Symphony No. 1. The word 'symphony,' however, is clearly and incorrectly spelled 'symphany.' The spelling is corrected on the printed copies of the music seen later.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:
Featured in 100 Years of Horror: Phantoms (1996) (V)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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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Another take on the famous Leroux novel, 29 October 2006
Author: blanche-2 from United States

Each "Phantom of the Opera" deviates somewhat from the Leroux novel - with the original silent film with Lon Chaney perhaps being the exception. In the '40s Nelson Eddy version, the police chief and an operatic baritone are Christine's suitors instead of Raoul (though the baritone is named Raoul) and it's hinted that the Phantom is her father. His acid in the face was the result of a misunderstanding at the music publisher's.

In this particular "Phantom," from Hammer Studios, the Phantom (Herbert Lom) has an Igor-type assistant, and here Christine's suitor is the manager of the opera house (Edward de Souza). There is also a real villain, a plagiarist in the form of Lord d'Arcy (Michael Gough). Most notably, it has a production of "Joan of Arc" with music written by Edwin T. Astley that is actually very pretty and beautifully sung.

Everyone does a terrific job in this - Gough is hateful as the supposed composer of the opera; de Souza is a hunk and a good romantic interest for Christine; and Heather Sears as Christine is very sweet and, like all Christines, lacking the diva quality her rival has. In this film, the rival singer is a very minor role. The dubbing of the voices is wonderful.

Herbert Lom, normally a comic character in the "Pink Panther" series, is a great phantom, performed at a time when the Phantom didn't have to be better-looking than the ingénue. The Phantom is not a huge role in this film, but an effective and highly sympathetic one. He seems a little less nuts than some of them, though he's clearly not completely there.

The final scene of this film is very exciting, and the final picture very powerful and sad. This is a really excellent version with not much emphasis on the horror aspects of the Chaney film. It has good production values and is very well directed.

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