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12 February 1974 (USA) See more »
The internationally famous Worldwide Studios (really MGM) has hit hard times and is forced to sell it's back lot to Hollywood property developers... See more » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Primetime Emmy. See more »
The Phantom Of Hollywood DVD Review
 (From Cinelinx. 7 October 2011, 12:51 PM, PDT)

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A clever, even poignant, take off of "Phantom of the Opera" See more (7 total) »


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Skye Aubrey ... Randy Cross

Jack Cassidy ... Otto Vonner / Karl Vonner

Jackie Coogan ... Jonathan

Broderick Crawford ... Capt. O'Neal
Peter Haskell ... Ray Burns

John Ireland ... Lt. Gifford

Peter Lawford ... Roger Cross
Gary Barton ... Duke
Corinne Calvet ... Mrs. Wickes
Billy Halop ... Studio Engineer
John Lupton ... Al

Kent Taylor ... Wickes

Regis Toomey ... Joe
Fredd Wayne ... Clyde

Bill Williams ... Fogel
Carl Byrd ... Cameraman
Edward Cross ... Clint
Damon Douglas ... Andy
Bill Stout ... Commentator
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Elisha Cook Jr. ... Studio Engineer (uncredited)
George Nolan ... Pilot (uncredited)

Directed by
Gene Levitt 
Writing credits
George Schenck (teleplay)

Robert Thom (story) and
George Schenck (story)

Produced by
Gene Levitt .... producer
Burt Nodella .... executive producer
Original Music by
Leonard Rosenman 
Cinematography by
Gene Polito (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Henry Batista 
Casting by
Rachelle Farberman  (as Shelley Ellison)
Art Direction by
Edward C. Carfagno 
Set Decoration by
Raymond Paul 
Makeup Department
Judith A. Cory .... hairdresser (as Judy Alexander)
William Tuttle .... makeup artist
Production Management
Jim Henderling .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William McGarry .... assistant director
Art Department
Anthony Bavero .... property master
Sound Department
Van Allen James .... sound editor
Jerry Jost .... sound
Hal Watkins .... sound
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Floydine Alexander .... costumer: women
James Linn .... costumer: men
Music Department
Harry V. Lojewski .... music supervisor

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74 min
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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A clever, even poignant, take off of "Phantom of the Opera", 10 October 2013
Author: m2mallory from California

There have been so many remakes and ripoffs of "The Phantom of the Opera" that they all tend to blend together, though the made-for-TV "The Phantom of Hollywood" carries the distinction of showing us the end of an era taking place as we watch. It follows the original story fairly closely, but translates it to a Hollywood movie studio that is on the verge of selling off its backlot property to developers, since nobody uses the ramshackle sets anymore. The studio in question is called "Worldwide," but it is really MGM. It was filmed at MGM, it utilizes old film clips from MGM classic movies, its music score is peppered with classic songs from MGM films, and there's even a reference to Andy Hardy's house on the backlot, "Andy Hardy" being a long-running MGM series. Why they didn't call it MGM and be done with it is anyone's guess. As for the plot, a mysterious hooded figure living under the backlot desperately fights against its destruction, because it is his home. Who he is, and why he is hiding, is all part of the mystery. "The Phantom of Hollywood" is not a spoof, though it has its humorous and ironic moments, and a few standard clichés found in all films set in a movie studio, such as the ubiquitous shot of exotically dressed extras wandering around in between the soundstages, and the fact that none of the film executives ever seem to do any actual work. There is also an in-joke in making leading lady Skye Aubrey the daughter of the studio head, since Aubrey herself was the daughter of James Aubrey, the head of CBS, which aired the picture. It features a good cast of veterans, including Peter Lawford, Jackie Coogan, Broderick Crawford, John Ireland, Corinne Calvet, Regis Toomey, Kent Taylor, and even former Dead End Kid Billy Hallop in a bit. Peter Haskell is the nominal hero and Jack Cassidy, in heavy makeup, plays the mysterious studio historian...could he be the masked killer? Well, not really; the mystery goes a little deeper than that. While it has its creepy moments, the film isn't all that scary. The real horror is watching the old, very recognizable MGM backlot sets being bulldozed to the ground on camera. By this point in time nothing could have saved them, but for film buffs, it's a bit like watching a snuff film. But that is the whole point of "The Phantom of Hollywood"...that era of movie-making was by that point as obsolete as a silent film.

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