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The Phantom of Hollywood (1974)

The internationally famous Worldwide Studios (really MGM) has hit hard times and is forced to sell it's back lot to Hollywood property developers. The trouble is someone keeps killing off ... See full summary »

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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »

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Randy Cross
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Otto Vonner / Karl Vonner
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Jonathan
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Capt. O'Neal
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Ray Burns
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Lt. Gifford
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Roger Cross
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Duke
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Mrs. Wickes
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Al
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Wickes
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Joe
Fredd Wayne ...
Clyde
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Fogel
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The internationally famous Worldwide Studios (really MGM) has hit hard times and is forced to sell it's back lot to Hollywood property developers. The trouble is someone keeps killing off the site surveyors. The studio chiefs then learn of the legend of a masked man who lives on the lot and is sworn to protect it from harm. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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12 February 1974 (USA)  »

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El fantasma de Hollywood  »

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Connections

Features The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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This Heart of Mine
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Music by Harry Warren
Played after the dance rehearsal scene
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For the classic film buff
27 April 2008 | by See all my reviews

This is, frankly, a rather awful movie.

Despite that, however, it is (as some other commenters have noted) a very interesting piece for anyone who enjoys old movie history or wants to learn a little bit more about it. The shots of MGM's back lots and the clips from a plethora of classic movies are nostalgia-provoking even in the layman, and it's hard to avoid a little tug at your heartstrings when the sets are destroyed at the end of the film.

Beware, however, to those who are looking for a Phantom of the Opera retread: this will likely disappoint you. Very few of Leroux's original ideas survive, since the Phantom here is a vehicle to show the destruction of old Hollywood rather than a story point unto himself. There's no love story and no examination of social morals, and the things that do carry over are mostly reworked to suit the new purpose of the film.

That said, the dialogue is terrible, the action cartoonish and in some cases outlandishly unrealistic, and the plotting slipshod. It's not Plan 9, but it's definitely not a good movie by any stretch of the imagination.

If you're a die-hard Phantom of the Opera fan, feel free to add it to your collection (though it's extremely hard to find nowadays), but the real reason to watch this film is to reflect on the milestones of the film industry and to watch the last moments of a bit of movie-making history before its destruction. Even if the writers borrowed Leroux's framework for their story, it is all about Hollywood and its legacy.


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