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Phantom of the Opera (1943)

aka Phantom of the Opera

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Details: 92 mins · English

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Cast:

Small Anatole Garron
No_movie_poster Christine Dubois
Small Erique Claudin
Small Raoul D'Aubert
Small Signor Ferretti
No_movie_poster Biancarolli
Small Amiot
No_movie_poster Lecours
Small Villeneuve
Small Vereheres
No_movie_poster The Aunt
Small Gerard
Small Franz Liszt
No_movie_poster Madame Lorenzi
No_movie_poster Jeanne

Crew:

Small Gaston Leroux Author
No_movie_poster Samuel Hoffenstein Screenplay
No_movie_poster Arthur Lubin Director
No_movie_poster John Jacoby Adaptation
No_movie_poster George Waggner Production
No_movie_poster Hans Jacoby Writer
Small Gaston Leroux Story Contributor

Plot:

Erique Claudin (Rains) / The Phantom has been a violinist at the Paris Opera House for twenty years. Recently however, he has been losing the use of the fingers of his left hand, which affects his violin-playing. He is dismissed because of this, the conductor of the opera house assuming that he has enough money to support himself. This is not the case however, for Claudin has spent it all by anonymously funding the music lessons of Christine Dubois (Foster), a young soprano with whom Christine's music teacher assumes Claudin has secretly fallen in love. In a desperate attempt to gain money, Claudin tries to get a concerto he has written published. After submitting it and not hearing a response, he becomes worried and returns to the publishers, Pleyel & Desjardins, to ask about it. No one there knows what happened to it, and do not seem to care. Claudin persists, but Pleyel rudely tells him to leave and goes back to the etchings he was working on.


Finally giving up, Claudin stands there for a moment and hangs his head sadly. Someone begins to play music in the next room, and he looks up in shock when he hears it. It is his concerto that is merely being endorsed and praised by Franz Liszt. Convinced that Pleyel is trying to steal his concerto, Claudin leaps up and begins to strangle him. Just as he tosses the body of Pleyel to the floor, Georgette, the publisher's assistant, throws etching acid at Claudin. Screeching and wailing, he dashes out the door clutching his face. Now being hunted down by the police for murder, he flees to the sewers of the Opera.

Release Dates:

DVD : 2005-04-12