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Phantom of the Opera (1943)

Approved | | Drama, Horror, Music | 27 August 1943 (USA)
An acid-scarred composer rises from the Paris sewers to boost his favorite opera understudy's career.

Director:

Arthur Lubin

Writers:

Eric Taylor (screenplay), Samuel Hoffenstein (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
Won 2 Oscars. Another 1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nelson Eddy ... Anatole Garron
Susanna Foster ... Christine DuBois
Claude Rains ... Erique Claudin
Edgar Barrier ... Raoul Daubert
Leo Carrillo ... Signor Ferretti
Jane Farrar ... Biancarolli
J. Edward Bromberg ... Amiot
Fritz Feld ... Lecours
Frank Puglia ... Villeneuve
Steven Geray ... Vercheres
Barbara Everest ... Aunt
Hume Cronyn ... Gerard
Fritz Leiber ... Franz Liszt
Nicki Andre Nicki Andre ... Lorenzi
Gladys Blake ... Jeanne
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Storyline

Pit violinist Claudin hopelessly loves rising operatic soprano Christine Dubois (as do baritone Anatole and police inspector Raoul) and secretly aids her career. But Claudin loses both his touch and his job, murders a rascally music publisher in a fit of madness, and has his face etched with acid. Soon, mysterious crimes plague the Paris Opera House, blamed on a legendary "phantom" whom none can find in the mazes and catacombs. But both of Christine's lovers have plans to ferret him out. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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The screen's classic of terror! See more »


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Trivia

The role of Christine Dubois was originally intended for Deanna Durbin, who turned it down. See more »

Goofs

When the phantom strangles the police man, the officer has a cape on. When the inspector finds the body, the cape is gone but the rope is around his neck. See more »

Quotes

Villeneuve: You must choose between an operatic career and what is usually called "a normal life." You can't do justice to both.
Villeneuve: The artist has a special temperament, and he must live his life exclusively with those who understand it.
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Connections

Spoofed in American Dad!: Phantom of the Telethon (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

LE PRINCE MASQUE DU CAUCASUS
(uncredited)
(Russian Opera sequence)
Adapted by Edward Ward (from Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's "4th Symphony")
Lyrics by George Waggner, translated by William von Wymetal
Sung by Nelson Eddy, Nicki Andre & company
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Not really a horror movie, more a romantic melodrama. Lavishly produced and Claude Rains is excellent.
3 July 2003 | by InfofreakSee all my reviews

Anybody approaching 'Phantom Of The Opera' as a horror movie will probably be disappointed, but if you look upon it as a romantic melodrama it's pretty entertaining. The sets (mostly recycled from the twenties version) are lavish, the music is strong and the performances are good, especially the wonderful Claude Rains ('The Invisible Man', 'Casablanca', 'Notorious') who is excellent (as always). The rest of the cast includes songbirds Nelson Eddy and Susanna Foster, the late Hume Cronyn in a bit part, and a nice cameo from Fritz Leiber (the father of the famous science fiction and fantasy writer Fritz Leiber, Jr) as Franz Liszt. 'Phantom Of The Opera' is far from my favourite Universal horror movie but I still enjoyed it and it's worth watching, though I think in many ways the Hammer remake in the 1960s starring Herbert Lom is a better movie.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 August 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)
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Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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