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The Phantom of Paris (1931)

Passed | | Drama, Thriller | 12 September 1931 (USA)
Cheri-Bibi is an escape artist wrongly imprisoned for murdering the wealthy father of his admirer Cecile. The real murderer is Cecile's fiancé, so how will Bibi escape his death sentence and win back Cecile?

Director:

John S. Robertson

Writers:

Gaston Leroux (adapted from the novel: "Chéri-Bibi" by), Bess Meredyth (continuity) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Gilbert ... Chéri-Bibi
Leila Hyams ... Cecile Bourrelier
Lewis Stone ... Detective Costaud
Jean Hersholt ... Herman
C. Aubrey Smith ... Bourrelier
Natalie Moorhead ... Vera
Ian Keith ... Marquis Du Touchais
Alfred Hickman ... Dr. Gorin
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Storyline

Bibi is a world class escape artist, but he cannot escape the false murder charge that is placed on him. Max has killed Bourrelier before he was removed from the will so that he will be rich when he marries Cecile. Together with Vera, they put the blame on Bibi, who is a romantic rival to Max, and he is sentenced to death. But Bibi escapes before his execution and hides in Herman's secret cellar. When he learns that Max is dying, Bibi goes to his house for his confession, but Max dies before it is told to anyone else. So Bibi, has just one chance, and he goes to Dr. Gorin who will make him look like Max so that he can clear his name and put the blame where it belongs - on Max, even in death. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 September 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Magier von Paris See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film is adapted from the novel "Cheri-Bibi," written by Gaston Leroux, who is better known for his novel "The Phantom of the Opera." See more »

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Quotes

Vera: I know you're no good and I love you. Cecile doesn't know you're no good and she loves Bibi, not you. I know Bibi's a splendid person, but, I couldn't be bothered with him, because I love you. Involved, isn't it?
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The cast is good, but the material labors.
4 February 1999 | by AnniePSee all my reviews

This is a story that combines a Houdini-like hero (Gilbert), his blonde leading lady for the third pic in a row (Leila Hyams) and an able cast supporting. It's a case of two lovers separated by the evil dealings of a Marques bent on keeping his fiancee's money, never mind the fiancee. To keep himself in dough, he kills her father, frames her lover and finally dies of the flu.

Everybody does well, but all are wasted - and to give a guy who looks like John Gilbert does plastic surgery half-way through the picture is a really bad idea.

Mr. Gilbert is good (as always), Miss Hyams is good at what she

does (and the two of them not only look good together, they play well as lovers); the bad guy (Ian Keith) and his blonde amour (Moorehead) are appropriately sleazy. Everybody looks great in evening clothes.

Somebody give them some character development! The actors do what they can, professionals all, but there's no spark. Nobody to blame but the writers!


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