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The Phantom of the Opera (1925)

Not Rated | | Horror | 15 November 1925 (USA)
A mad, disfigured composer seeks love with a lovely young opera singer.

Directors:

Rupert Julian, Lon Chaney (uncredited) | 2 more credits »

Writer:

Gaston Leroux (from the 1910 celebrated novel by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lon Chaney ... The Phantom
Mary Philbin ... Christine Daae
Norman Kerry ... Vicomte Raoul de Chagny
Arthur Edmund Carewe ... Ledoux
Gibson Gowland ... Simon Buquet
John St. Polis ... Comte Philip de Chagny (as John Sainpolis)
Snitz Edwards ... Florine Papillon
Mary Fabian ... Carlotta
Virginia Pearson Virginia Pearson ... Carlotta / Carlotta's Mother
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Storyline

At the Opera of Paris, a mysterious phantom threatens a famous lyric singer, Carlotta and thus forces her to give up her role (Marguerite in Faust) for unknown Christine Daae. Christine meets this phantom (a masked man) in the catacombs, where he lives. What's his goal ? What's his secret ? Written by Yepok

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Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Release Date:

15 November 1925 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Phantom of the Opera See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$720,861, 31 December 1926
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Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (original) | (1995) | (DVD) | (Ontario) | (1929 re-release)

Sound Mix:

Mono (talking sequences, musical score and sound effects) (1929 re-release)| Silent

Color:

Black and White | Color (2-strip Technicolor) (some sequences)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Several sequences were shot in various color processes for the general release prints. Technicolor was used for scenes from "Faust" and the Bal Masque scene, Prizmacolor sequences were shot for the "Soldier's Night" introduction and Handschiegel (a process that uses stamps to hand-color prints) for the Phantom's notes and red cape on the rooftop. Only the Technicolor Bal Masque sequence is known to survive (an IB print from the 1929 re-release). See more »

Goofs

When Ledoux directs Christine and Raoul away from the Phantom, he lowers his hand and points down twice. See more »

Quotes

Former Opera House Owner: [to new Opera House Owners] It is barely possible you may hear of a ghost, a Phantom of the Opera!
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Crazy Credits

In 1925 (and for many years afterwards), credits used to appear at the beginning of movies. In "The Phantom of the Opera", the credits do appear at the beginning and are also repeated at the end, preceded by the following caption: "This is repeated at the request of picture patrons who desire to check the names of performers whose work has pleased them." See more »

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User Reviews

 
A magnificent performance from the legendary Lon Chaney, Sr.
6 December 2004 | by ACitizenCalledKaneSee all my reviews

This 1925 silent classic is still impressive, even after seventy-nine years!

Lon Chaney's performance is easily the highlight of the movie. His ghostly movements about his underground lair are haunting even by today's standards.

Use all of the computer generated images you want, but there is no substitute for authentic, old-world macabre. The scene where Erik's face is revealed is still shocking. He seems as horrorified by Christine seeing his face as she is by seeing his face. He seems to feel genuinely violated by her taking his mask off, revealing his horrible visage to the last person on earth he would want to see it. The Technicolor scene of the "Bal Masque" is also quite famous. The backdrops are very effective in creating the moody, medieval atmosphere of the underground passages. All in all, an excellent version of a timeless story.


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