MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 42,889 this week

The Phantom of Hollywood (1974)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama | Horror | Thriller  -  12 February 1974 (USA)
6.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.2/10 from 150 users  
Reviews: 7 user | 6 critic

The internationally famous Worldwide Studios (really MGM) has hit hard times and is forced to sell it's back lot to Hollywood property developers. The trouble is someone keeps killing off ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(teleplay), (story), 1 more credit »
0Check in
0Share...

Related News

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 976 titles
created 16 Oct 2011
 
a list of 180 titles
created 06 Nov 2011
 
a list of 3579 titles
created 21 Dec 2011
 
list image
a list of 9 titles
created 11 Jun 2012
 
a list of 455 titles
created 01 Jan 2013
 

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Phantom of Hollywood (TV Movie 1974)

The Phantom of Hollywood (TV Movie 1974) on IMDb 6.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Phantom of Hollywood.
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Skye Aubrey ...
...
Otto Vonner / Karl Vonner
...
Jonathan
...
Capt. O'Neal
Peter Haskell ...
Ray Burns
...
Lt. Gifford
...
Roger Cross
Gary Barton ...
Duke
Corinne Calvet ...
Mrs. Wickes
Billy Halop ...
Studio Engineer
John Lupton ...
Al
Kent Taylor ...
Wickes
...
Joe
Fredd Wayne ...
Clyde
Bill Williams ...
Fogel
Edit

Storyline

The internationally famous Worldwide Studios (really MGM) has hit hard times and is forced to sell it's back lot to Hollywood property developers. The trouble is someone keeps killing off the site surveyors. The studio chiefs then learn of the legend of a masked man who lives on the lot and is sworn to protect it from harm. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | Horror | Thriller

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

12 February 1974 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Phantom of Hollywood  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Features Dinner at Eight (1933) See more »

Soundtracks

Over the Rainbow
(uncredited)
Music by Harold Arlen
Played during the dance rehearsal and at the backlot gala
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
For the classic film buff
27 April 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is, frankly, a rather awful movie.

Despite that, however, it is (as some other commenters have noted) a very interesting piece for anyone who enjoys old movie history or wants to learn a little bit more about it. The shots of MGM's back lots and the clips from a plethora of classic movies are nostalgia-provoking even in the layman, and it's hard to avoid a little tug at your heartstrings when the sets are destroyed at the end of the film.

Beware, however, to those who are looking for a Phantom of the Opera retread: this will likely disappoint you. Very few of Leroux's original ideas survive, since the Phantom here is a vehicle to show the destruction of old Hollywood rather than a story point unto himself. There's no love story and no examination of social morals, and the things that do carry over are mostly reworked to suit the new purpose of the film.

That said, the dialogue is terrible, the action cartoonish and in some cases outlandishly unrealistic, and the plotting slipshod. It's not Plan 9, but it's definitely not a good movie by any stretch of the imagination.

If you're a die-hard Phantom of the Opera fan, feel free to add it to your collection (though it's extremely hard to find nowadays), but the real reason to watch this film is to reflect on the milestones of the film industry and to watch the last moments of a bit of movie-making history before its destruction. Even if the writers borrowed Leroux's framework for their story, it is all about Hollywood and its legacy.


5 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
dvd jjmmy4349
Discuss The Phantom of Hollywood (1974) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?