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The Phantom of the Opera (1962)

Unrated | | Drama, Horror, Music | 15 August 1962 (USA)
Terror strikes the London Opera House as a new opera is disrupted by the actions of a deformed specter of the show's past who has an obsession with one of the production's chorus girl.

Director:

Terence Fisher

Writers:

Anthony Hinds (screenplay) (as John Elder), Gaston Leroux (composition)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Herbert Lom ... The Phantom (Prof. L. Petrie)
Heather Sears ... Christine Charles
Edward de Souza ... Harry Hunter
Thorley Walters ... Lattimer
Michael Gough ... Lord Ambrose d'Arcy
Harold Goodwin ... Bill
Martin Miller ... Rossi
Liane Aukin Liane Aukin ... Maria
Sonya Cordeau ... Yvonne
Marne Maitland ... Xavier
Miriam Karlin ... Charwoman (as Miriam Carlin)
Patrick Troughton ... The Rat Catcher
Renee Houston ... Mrs. Tucker
Keith Pyott ... Weaver
John Harvey John Harvey ... Sgt. Vickers
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Storyline

The corrupt Lord Ambrose D'Arcy (Michael Gough) steals the life's work of the poor composer Professor L. Petrie. (Herbert Lom). In an attempt to stop the printing of music with D'Arcy's name on it, Petrie breaks into the printing office and accidentally starts a fire, leaving him severely disfigured. Years later, Petrie returns to terrorize a London opera house that is about to perform one of his stolen operas. Written by Jeremy Lunt <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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Taglines:

Driven by HATE to live behind a mask of horror. Driven by LOVE to steal the beauty the world denied him! See more »


Certificate:

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Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?

Trivia

The music that Herbert Lom plays as the Phantom is the same music he played as Captain Nemo in Mysterious Island (1961). See more »

Goofs

During the flashback sequence, Ambrose D'Arcy writes his own name on the title page of one of Professor Petrie's manuscripts, which is called Symphony No. 1. The word 'symphony,' however, is clearly and incorrectly spelled 'symphany.' The spelling is corrected on the printed copies of the music seen later. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Lattimer: The house is sold out, my lord.
Lord Ambrose d'Arcy: No further incidents, I trust?
Lattimer: No, nothing. Everything seems quite normal.
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Alternate Versions

A subplot involving a pair of Scotland Yard police inspectors on the trail of the Phantom was shot especially for the American TV version (by the TV companies, not by Hammer). This was a regular occurrence in this era, most notably with Hammer's films The Kiss of the Vampire and The Evil of Frankenstein. See more »

Connections

Featured in Svengoolie: The Phantom of the Opera - 1962 (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Joan of Arc
by Edwin Astley
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User Reviews

 
Dramatic Hammer Version
15 December 2019 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

"The Phantom of the Opera" by Hammer is a dramatic version directed by Terence Fisher. The screenplay shows the phantom as a poor composer that is stolen by the arrogant and corrupt Lord Ambrose D'Arcy, who is the real villain of the story. The sets and costumes are magnificent associated to great performances in one of the best films of the famous story by Gaston Leroux. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "O Fantasma da Ópera" ("The Phantom of the Opera")


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 August 1962 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

GBP180,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Hammer Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Extended Version)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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