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The Phantom of the Opera (1962)

Unrated | | Drama, Horror, Music | 15 August 1962 (USA)
An acid-scarred composer has his dwarf helper bring an opera singer to his London sewer hide-out.


Terence Fisher


Anthony Hinds (screenplay) (as John Elder), Gaston Leroux (based on the composition by)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Herbert Lom ... The Phantom / Professor 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


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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


BENEATH HIS MASK...the Grotesque Face of Horror Unimaginable! INSIDE HIS HEART...the Desperate Desire for Beauty and Love! See more »


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Did You Know?


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


Even tho the story takes place in the late 1800's/early 1900's a modern exit sign is present in the shot of the haunted box. See more »


[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

The UK cinema version was cut by the BBFC for an 'A' (PG) certificate and edited the eye-stabbing of the rat-catcher and shots of a hanging body, as well as extensive edits to scenes showing the creation and final unmasking of the Phantom. Later video and DVD releases were uncut. See more »


Referenced in The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976) See more »


Auf Flügeln des Gesanges opus 34 nº2 (On Wings of Song)
Music by Johann Strauss
Sung in english
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User Reviews

One of the better Phantom films
26 September 2003 | by JasonFan3000See all my reviews

I really enjoyed this film here. It was a great horror film and not that bad as a Phantom movie. Although The Phantoms real name in this one is not Erick as it should be, The Pasrt was played very well by Herbert Lom and i really liked it that they had the Phantom play the fuleral march in this one. The mask on the Phantom was really cool it was the full face mask and i like that. In some of the more recenlt Phantom films he has not ever had the mask (as in the 1999 version with Julian Sands and the 1989 big budget film with Robert Englund)All in all this movie is really good and if you are a fan of Gothic horror films then you will like this one this has a gothic setting to it that i liked. I give this movie a 8 out of 10. Done very well for it's time

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Release Date:

15 August 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Phantom of the Opera See more »


Box Office


GBP180,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Hammer Films See more »
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Technical Specs


| (Extended Version)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)


Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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