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Phantom of the Opera (1943)

Approved | | Drama, Horror, Music | 27 August 1943 (USA)
A disfigured violinist haunts the Paris Opera House.

Director:

Arthur Lubin

Writers:

Eric Taylor (screenplay), Samuel Hoffenstein (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

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 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 August 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El fantasma de la ópera See more »

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Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Besides his matinee-idol career singing popular music in clubs and in films and on the radio, Nelson Eddy did some real opera singing. He performed the very challenging role of Gurnemanz, the elderly second-in-command of the Knights of the Holy Grail in Wagner's opera PARSIFAL, with Leopold Stokowski conducting. This role makes fearsome demands on the singer; it is so long and so difficult that many basses never attempt it, and most who do, sing it only late in their careers, when their voices are fully mature.

(Fact-checkers: go to Operadepot-dot-com, search on his name, you'll see a recording of excerpts clipped from a live performance.) See more »

Goofs

(at around 40mins) There is an prominent cymbal crash in the orchestral score which happens at about a second before the actor actually clashes his pair of cymbals. See more »

Quotes

[Christine has left Raoul and Anatole in her dressing room while she greets a crowd of admirers]
Raoul D'Aubert: Would you join me for a bit of supper at the Cafe de l'Opera?
Anatole Garron: With pleasure, monsieur.
Raoul D'Aubert: Think we can get through this crowd?
Anatole Garron: Certainly. After all, who'd pay any attention to a baritone and a detective?
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Soundtracks

LE PRINCE MASQUE DU CAUCASUS
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(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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One of my favorites
23 December 2008 | by PetrushkaSee all my reviews

I saw this film when I was a child when my sister (who happened to be a lifelong fan of Nelson Eddy) took me on the train into Boston to the Keith Orpheum Theater for a morning showing. So I sat beside my big sister while she was in heaven watching Nelson Eddy. I never thought that much of him as an opera singer but the opera they were doing was impressive for me, even at that age and I knew it was not a real opera but one made up by the studio using Tchaikovsky's symphonic music. I liked the acrobats in the opera scene and when Nelson used his whip to capture the leading soprano. I already knew Russian language so I understood the words they were singing and that Nelson pronounced them correctly. Then of course there was the marvelous Claude Rains. Not until years later when I got older did I really appreciate his wonderful acting ability. I also wondered how they could reproduce the Paris Opera house. I knew of course it was a studio set but was it a permanent theater on the lot at Universal or just the inside with dressed up extras as audience? These were the questions from a child's mind and I went home dreaming about it; not so much the story but the technical aspects of it all - like, how could the phantom carry a grand piano all the way down to those caverns far below the opera house. I have seen the film several times since then and I must say it holds up extremely well. Gorgeous Technicolor and atmosphere throughout. I've heard that the theater still exists on the Universal lot and was used in some other films. I wonder if it still is there, or was it burned down in the fire of 2007 that swept through and destroyed so much of the Universal lot. Maybe someone knows.


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