Phantom of the Opera (1943)




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Early color version of the classic story, starring Claude Reins as the obsessed, tragic Phantom.
Classics , Drama , Horror , Musical & Performing Arts , Mystery & Suspense , Special Interest
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Claude Rains
as Erique Claudin
Susanna Foster
as Christine DuBois
Nelson Eddy
as Anatole Garron
Edgar Barrier
as Raoul D'Aubert
Leo Carrillo
as Signor Feretti
Jane Farrar
as Biancarolli
Fritz Feld
as Lecours
Frank Puglia
as Villeneuve
Steven Geray
as Vercheres
Hume Cronyn
as Gerard
Fritz Leiber
as Franz Liszt
Nicolle Andre
as Lorenzi
Gladys Blake
as Jennie
Elvira Curci
as Biancarolli's maid
Hans Herbert
as Marcel
Kate Lawson
as Marie
Miles Mander
as Pleyel
Rosina Galli
as Christine's maid
Walter O. Stahl
as Dr. Lefours
Paul Marion
as Desjardines
Tudor Williams
as Martha Singer
Anthony Marlowe
as Martha Singer
Marek Windheim
as Renfrit
Muni Seroff
as Reporter
Belle Mitchell
as Feretti's Maid
Ernest Golm
as Office Manager
Johnny Walsh
as Office Boy
Renee Carson
as Georgette Pleyel's Girl Friend
Lane Chandler
as Officer
Stan Blystone
as Officer
Cyril Delevanti
as Bookkeeper
John Walsh
as Office Boy
Richard Bartell
as Reporter
Jim Mitchell
as Reporter
Alphonse Martell
as Policeman
Wheaton Chambers
as Reporter
William Desmond
as Stagehand
Hank Mann
as Stagehand
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Critic Reviews for Phantom of the Opera

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (4)

Lon Chaney created such an empathetic villain that it was nearly impossible not to root for him

Full Review… | November 13, 2015
All Movie Guide

Rains, one of my favorite actors, gives a superb interpretation of the mysterious recluse.

Full Review… | October 26, 2014
Movie Chambers

Fine version of classic horror/love story/tragedy...minus music, of course.

August 24, 2006
Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers

If you liked the stage version, you'll LOVE this version.

December 27, 2004
Greenwich Village Gazette

Esta luxuosa produção é bem-sucedida ao resgatar a grandiosidade da Ópera, mas falha justamente por permitir que seus valores técnicos transformem o Fantasma em coadjuvante.

January 22, 2004
Cinema em Cena

If the film never goes full-tilt horror until the somewhat rushed climax, it at least manages to retain a spooky tone, and boasts a few shocks and some exciting scenes. It's rarely dull.

Full Review… | September 11, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for Phantom of the Opera


although i love claude rains as an actor, his casting is the only thing in this film i slightly question, and even still, he did a great job with the role within his limitations with this character. aside from that, the film was really quite good. the music spaced out well and the script solid, the end really left me gripped. a great film.

danny d
danny d

Super Reviewer

I liked Claude Rains, but I didn't care too much for the movie. I'm sure there's a better film of the Phantom of the Opera.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer


Universal's color production of Phantom of the Opera is a wonderful spectacle to behold. Rains makes for a brilliant pre-Phantom, but only his shadow is present for the remainder. His slip into madness is also quite sudden. It would have been nice for the main plot to take place 10 years after the scarring. It's typical Hollywood cinema of the 40's, catering to the widest market. It helps that each of Christine's suiters is given enough time to develop, and none of them are unlikable. We even get a hilariously misjudged comedic scene where two men keep saying the exact same thing AND get stuck in a doorway. The musical productions are also very detailed, with the sets being impressive in both scale and design.

Luke Baldock
Luke Baldock

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