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Phantom of the Opera

Released Aug 27, 1943 1h 32m Horror List
77% Tomatometer 22 Reviews 77% Audience Score 25,000+ Ratings
Talented Christine (Susanna Foster) is unaware that her singing lessons are being funded by a secret admirer, Enrique (Claude Rains), a mysterious violinist with a disfigured face. Christine's colleagues become suspicious when mysterious accidents start occurring at the Paris Opera House, as the deaths coincide with her meteoric rise to stardom. Christine's suitors, Raoul (Edgar Barrier) and Anatole (Nelson Eddy), brave the dark recesses of the opera house to find the true culprit. Read More Read Less
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Critics Consensus

Though it lives beneath the 1925 version, Claude Rains plays title character well in this landmark color version of the classic tragedy.

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Boston Globe Rated: 4/4 Oct 29, 2005 Full Review Detroit Free Press Rated: 3/4 Dec 27, 2004 Full Review Christy Lemire Journal News (Westchester, NY) Rated: A Dec 27, 2004 Full Review Matt Brunson Film Frenzy While Lon Chaney Sr. remains the best (and most frightening) Phantom, Claude Rains lands in the place position for his more sympathetic handling of the role. Rated: 3/4 Oct 28, 2023 Full Review Alan French 1428 Elm The cinematography remains gorgeous to this day, and the sets are pretty. It is a picture of opulence. On that front, the film remains a success Rated: 2.5/4 Oct 12, 2018 Full Review Dan Jardine All Movie Guide Lon Chaney created such an empathetic villain that it was nearly impossible not to root for him Nov 13, 2015 Full Review Read all reviews

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Andrew L The first half hour of the film gives an origin of The Phantom and how he came to be. How the police couldn't figure out that Claude Rains's character of Enrique Claudin was The Phantom from the very beginning is the biggest mystery of this movie. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 07/04/24 Full Review Valerii Ege D Worldwide's third, second English adaptation. Captive Wild Woman was the boring movie in Universal Horror, but I am changing my mind; this movie, is hard to finish. Even worse, the process of the story changed. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 09/19/23 Full Review Liam D The most forgotten member of the universal monsters has one of the best movies all down to the beautiful Oscar winning Cinematography, great writing and symphonic performance by Claude Reins (The Greatest Story Ever Told, The Lost World) Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/08/23 Full Review Audience Member The novel's 1943 adaptation holds zero thrills or surprises and simply plays like a romantic drama with overstretched musical numbers, out-of-place comic reliefs and very little interplay between Erique and Christine. The creation of an origin story for the Phantom wasn't a bad idea, so it's a shame that the result is uninspired and unconvincing. As for the second half, it has no menace or suspense and leads to an anemic climax. In short, all the mystique is gone and everything is watered down. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 02/11/23 Full Review david l 1943's Phantom of the Opera is an inferior adaptation to the classic 1925 Lon Chaney version. Its sets and costumes are terrific and Claude Rains is excellent in the main role, but all the other actors aren't as memorable, the movie's slow in pace and the decision to focus so heavily on the musical elements and jettison the horror roots of the story really backfired. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member i personally loved this movie the acid effects were awesome and the story line was perfect Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/25/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Talented Christine (Susanna Foster) is unaware that her singing lessons are being funded by a secret admirer, Enrique (Claude Rains), a mysterious violinist with a disfigured face. Christine's colleagues become suspicious when mysterious accidents start occurring at the Paris Opera House, as the deaths coincide with her meteoric rise to stardom. Christine's suitors, Raoul (Edgar Barrier) and Anatole (Nelson Eddy), brave the dark recesses of the opera house to find the true culprit.
Director
Arthur Lubin
Producer
George Waggner
Screenwriter
Samuel Hoffenstein, John Jacoby, Gaston Leroux, Eric Taylor
Distributor
Universal Home Entertainment, MCA/Universal Home Video, MCA, Universal Pictures
Production Co
Universal Pictures
Genre
Horror
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Aug 27, 1943, Wide
Release Date (Streaming)
Aug 19, 2014
Runtime
1h 32m
Sound Mix
Mono
Aspect Ratio
Academy (1.33:1)
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