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The Phantom of the Opera (1925)

Unrated | | Horror | 15 November 1925 (USA)
A mad, disfigured composer seeks love with a lovely young opera singer.

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Simon Buquet
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Comte Philip de Chagny (as John Sainpolis)
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Virginia Pearson ...
Carlotta / Carlotta's Mother
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Storyline

At the Opera of Paris, a mysterious phantom threatens a famous lyric singer, Carlotta and thus forces her to give up her role (Marguerite in Faust) for unknown Christine Daae. Christine meets this phantom (a masked man) in the catacombs, where he lives. What's his goal ? What's his secret ? Written by Yepok

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15 November 1925 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$720,861, 31 December 1926
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| (original release) | (1995) | (DVD) | (Ontario) | (1929 re-release)

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(talking sequences, musical score and sound effects) (1929 re-release)|

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| (2-strip Technicolor) (some sequences)

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Lon Chaney put egg membrane on his eyeballs to give them a cloudy look. See more »

Goofs

1929 cut: The flickering of lights just before the chandelier fall are on faders during the re-shot footage. During the cross-cutting with the 1925 footage, however, they are on breakers. See more »

Quotes

The Phantom: [Christine sees a casket in the room] That is where I sleep. It keeps me reminded of that other dreamless sleep that cures all ills - forever!
Christine Daae: You - You are the Phantom!
The Phantom: If I am the Phantom, it is because man's hatred has made me so. If I shall be saved, it will be because your love redeems me.
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Crazy Credits

In 1925 (and for many years afterwards), credits used to appear at the beginning of movies. In "The Phantom of the Opera", the credits do appear at the beginning and are also repeated at the end, preceded by the following caption: "This is repeated at the request of picture patrons who desire to check the names of performers whose work has pleased them." See more »

Connections

Referenced in Double Trouble (1967) See more »

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The pathos of Lon Chaney gave the Phantom its dimension...
27 April 2005 | by See all my reviews

Lon Chaney was the first of the long line of Phantoms and the one against whom all his successors had to be measured… The story, despite all its alternatives, is the familiar one of the musician avoiding the world because of his disfigurement and retreating to a hideout beneath the Opera House, from where he emerges to terrorize singers and audience alike… He kidnaps a young girl singer – perhaps to teach her to become a great star; certainly because, in his grotesque and pathetic way, he loves her – and carries her off to a boudoir he has prepared far underground… There was melodrama in plenty: in the first version, for example, two would-be rescuers found themselves trapped in an uncomfortable mirrored room the Phantom had prepared, where they first got a heat treatment and then were flooded… But, beyond all the heightened effects, it was the pathos of the Phantom underscoring his lonely menace which gave the character a dimension, and the isolation of the captor and his captive, imprisoned to a literal underworld, which gave the suspense of the whole film its power…


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