Phantom Of The Opera (1943)
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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.
In flaming Technicolor!
Title: Phantom Of The Opera
Release Date: August 12, 1943
Runtime: 92 mins
All Genres: Drama, Horror, Music, Romance, Thriller
IMDB Rating: 6.6
Buried.com Rating: 7.6 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With P
MPAA Rating: Approved
Nelson Eddy ...Anatole Garron
Susanna Foster ...Christine Dubois
Claude Rains ...Erique Claudin
Edgar Barrier ...Raoul D'Aubert
Leo Carrillo ...Signor Ferretti
Jane Farrar ...Biancarolli
J. Edward Bromberg ...Amiot
Fritz Feld ...Lecours
Frank Puglia ...Villeneuve
Steven Geray ...Vereheres
Barbara Everest ...The Aunt
Hume Cronyn ...Gerard
Fritz Leiber ...Franz Liszt
Nicki Andre ...Madame Lorenzi
Gladys Blake ...Jeanne
Elvira Curci ...Biancarolli's maid
Hans Herbert ...Marcel
Kate Drain Lawson ...Landlady (as Kate Lawson)
Miles Mander ...Pleyel
Rosina Galli ...Christine's maid
Walter O. Stahl ...Doctor (as Walter Stahl)
Paul Marion ...Desjardins
Richard Bartell ...Reporter
Stanley Blystone ...Officer
Renee Carson ...Georgette
Wheaton Chambers ...Reporter
Lane Chandler ...Officer
Edward Clark ...Usher
James Conaty ...Operagoer
Cyril Delevanti ...Bookkeeper
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Jack J. Gross
Phantom Of The Opera Horror Film Trailer 1
"LULLABY OF THE BELLS"
"MARTHA (Act III, opera excerpt)"
"AMOUR ET GLOIRE"
"LE PRINCE MASQUE DU CAUCASUS"
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- Enrique Claudin: Mademoiselle, may I speak to you for a minute? Christine DuBois: Why, of course. Enrique Claudin: You weren't on the stage tonight for the third act curtain call. Christine DuBois: Everyone seems to notice. It's really quite flattering. Enrique Claudin: [Becoming concerned] Why weren't you there? [Christine is puzzled] Enrique Claudin: Forgive me, but I have been a part of the Opera for so long. Everybody, everything connected with it, I feel it is so much a part of my life. [Christine pauses, then smiles] Christine DuBois: Yes, well, Monsieur Villeneuve is waiting for you. Enrique Claudin: You weren't ill, were you? You're not in any trouble, are you? Why it's impertinent of me, I know, but... [Claudin stalls, soon Christine kindly shakes his hand and smiles] Christine DuBois: You're very kind. Thank you. [Christine starts to leave] Enrique Claudin: CHRISTINE! [Christine turns back to Claudin in shock, Claudin soon realizes his mistake] Enrique Claudin: I'm sorry. Forgive me.
[Claudin is talking to Christine as they descend into the catacombs beneath the Opera] Enrique Claudin: See? Didn't I tell you it was beautiful? You didn't know we had a lake all to ourselves, did you? [Christine covers her face and sobs] Enrique Claudin: They've poisoned your mind against me. That's why you're afraid. Look at your lake, Christine. You'll love it here when you get used to the dark. And you'll love the dark, too. It's friendly and peaceful. It brings rest and relief from pain. It's right under the Opera. The music comes down and the darkness distills it, cleanses it of the suffering that made it. Then it's all beauty. And life here is like a resurrection.
[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?
Amiot: [Upon hearing about a thief in the opera house] Call the police at once! This must be stopped! Vereheres: Monsieur, I'm afraid the police can't stop that. It's he. Amiot: Who? [VEREHERES begins to make gestures at his nose and chin] Amiot: Oh, please. Don't start that nonsense again, Vercheres. At your age, you ought to know that there aren't any ghosts. Vereheres: Monsieur, you are skeptical, but I don't like ghosts. I'm a busy man. Lecours: What's that? Amiot: Oh, our brilliant stage manager insists there's a malicious ghost prowling about the Opera. If anything goes wrong, he thinks this ghost did it! Vereheres: Oh, monsieur... [to LECOURS, again making gestures to his nose and chin] Vereheres: He has a long nose, and a big red beard! Lecours: You make me nervous!
Signor Ferretti: [FERRETTI is telling CLAUDIN that if he can no longer pay for CHRISTINE's lessons, FERRETTI will have to stop teaching her] I'm sorry, Claudin. Really sorry. If I had the time- But my expenses are great, and you must remember that many who can pay are waiting to study with me. Well, I'll let her come a few times, and, uh, then I will tell her she no longer needs me. Enrique Claudin: B-But that isn't true. Signor Ferretti: As a matter of fact, if you had the money, she might be launched on a career very soon. I assume that Mademoiselle Dubois has not the means to pay for her own instructions. Enrique Claudin: Why, her month's salary wouldn't be enough to pay for one of your lessons. But, uh, I have written a concerto. Now, will you trust me if I can arrange to have it published? Signor Ferretti: Every violinist has written a concerto! Come, come, my dear Claudin. Enrique Claudin: But I have faith in this one. As much faith as I had in Mademoiselle Dubois when I came to you three years ago. Now, I was right about her, Signor. And I'm right about this. Pleyel and Desjardins are certain to publish it, and they'll give me a substantial advance. You'll see!
- Because the war in Europe made it so difficult to track down who had who had the rights to most operas (coupled with the studios reluctance to pay the required royalties) all the operas performed in the film were either in the public domain (i.e., no-one owned the rights to them) or were based on classical music that was in the public domain. The film makers were able to slip in a reference to the opera Faust (which featured heavily in the original novel) by having Christine appear in the Marguerite costume as she comes off stage at the end of the film.
The auditorium and stage of the Paris Opera House seen here was the same set built for the 1925 version. It still stands at Universal Studios today, and has been used for countless other productions, including Thoroughly Modern Millie and The Sting. It is the oldest remaining film set in the world.
The original script revealed Claudin to be Christine's father, who abandoned her and her mother in order to pursue a musical career. When this was excised from the final film, it left Claudin's obsession with Christine unexplained.
Of the three "operas" in the film, only the first, "Marta," by Friederich von Flotow, is an actual opera. The second, "Amore et Gloire," is adapted from music originally written for piano by Chopin: the overture and opening chorus is taken from the "Military" Polonaise in A major, Op. 40, No. 1; the duet between Anatole and Biancarolli is taken from the Waltz in C-sharp minor, Op. 64, No. 2; and the music for Christine's aria/duet with Anatole is taken from the Nocturne in E-flat major, Op. 9, No. 2. The music of the third opera, "Le Prince Masque de Caucasie," is actually excerpts from the finale of Tchaikowsky's Fourth Symphony.
The bronze sculpture of Christine Dubois (Susanna Foster) was actually made by co-star Nelson Eddy, who was an accomplished sculptor.
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