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Spooks (1930)

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The Phantom of a cheap opera house helps an aspiring singer by putting a phonograph machine down her skirt. When she spurns him for Oswald the Rabbit, the Phantom takes his revenge.


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Uncredited cast:
Pinto Colvig ...
Hippo (voice) (uncredited)


Late in the evening, just as a skeleton puts out its cat for the night, the masked Phantom stalks the graveyard, pausing only to insult an overly inquisitive owl. The Phantom enters the local opera house and falls in love with Kitty, a feline singer who is terribly jealous of the star of the show, a husky-voiced hippo. The Phantom falls in love with Kitty at first sight. For her sake, he sabotages the hippo (by popping and deflating her). Then he puts a phonograph player down Kitty's skirt. She walks out and pretends the recording is her own voice. Even though the record skips and, moments later, slows down to a stop (forcing the Phantom to crank the machine for her), Kitty is a hit. But does she appreciate the Phantom? No. Backstage, she jumps into the arms of Oswald the Rabbit. Enraged, the Phantom grabs Kitty and takes her down with him to the catacombs underneath the stage. Oswald goes on a rescue mission, as the Phantom warns Kitty that she must never look underneath his mask. Written by J. Spurlin

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Release Date:

14 July 1930 (USA)  »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Did You Know?


This cartoon was made as a tribute to the actor Lon Chaney and his performance as the title character in The Phantom of the Opera (1925). See more »


[first lines]
Phantom: I'm the Phantom!
Owl: Who? Who?
Phantom: Not you, you fat-faced-buzzard!
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Spoofs The Phantom of the Opera (1925) See more »


Shave and a Haircut
Performed by Kitty
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The Phantom of the Repetory
16 February 2010 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

This early sound Oswald the Lucky Rabbbit is a mild send-up of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, which was enjoying a reissue at the time this came out -- a fine opportunity to do the cartoon.

At this point, Walter Lantz' unit was probably the best cartoon factory in the business and you can tell by the list of talent that later appeared elsewhere: Clyde Geronomi and Pinto Colvig both worked on the script and Colvig is credited with some voice work.

The net effect is a decent little cartoon, with the gags fairly mechanically paced, but well executed. If you have any fondness for any of the associations you should find it amusing.

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