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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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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:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
For the classic film buff, 27 April 2008
Author: amyers-11 from United States

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.

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