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The Phantom of the Opera (1962)





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Lon Chaney's silent, 1925 hit The Phantom of the Opera has been a popular drama on and off the silver screen. In this version by Terence Fisher a venal dwarf (Ian Wilson) has been added to the proceedings, a catalyst in the tragic tale of unrequited love. The disfigured phantom (Herbert Lom) lurks in the bowels of the London Opera House (in this version) and he has fallen in love with Christine (Heather Sears), a soprano he helps to promote and protect. One day the phantom is chased through the underground sewers by the evil dwarf -- a moment of high drama. The tragic tale is imbued with suspense and tension as the story unfolds, suggesting that something supernatural is haunting the opera house.

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Herbert Lom
as The Phantom
Heather Sears
as Christine Charles
Edward de Souza
as Harry Hunter
Michael Gough
as Lord Ambrose d'Arcy
Miles Malleson
as Philosophical Cabby
Miriam Karlin
as Charwoman
John Harvey
as Vickers
Michael Ripper
as Longfaced Cabby
Patrick Troughton
as Rat Catcher
Geoffrey L'Oise
as Frenchman
Renee Houston
as Mrs. Tucker
Liam Redmond
as Police Insp. Ward (uncredited)
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Critic Reviews for The Phantom of the Opera

All Critics (2)

the narrative is somewhat flaccid, but the class it brings to the music sequences goes a long way in compensation.

June 15, 2007 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for The Phantom of the Opera


This is from the Hammer Horror Collection, this is my first exposure to the Phantom of the Opera, I've never read it or have seen the play or the movie until now and Hammer Films has done an excellent job of putting for a 1962 Horror Film, which I am sure kept many couple out of the back seat at the drive in's. Beyond any doubt a British Release. I can give this no less then 4 1/2 stars.

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

Horrible fruitcake adaptations of the story aside, the tale of The Phantom of the Opera has never done a hell of a lot for me but if there was a version that was going to get me to change my mind the Hammer version would've been the one to do it. As always, Terence Fisher's direction is superb and the actual phantom looks pretty cool. The ending's kind of abrupt, ending just for the sake of ending and you never find out of Petry gets his revenge on D'Arcy. As with most Hammer movies, The Phantom of the Opera is all in the direction, set design and atmosphere, but not much beyond that...

Michael Gildea
Michael Gildea

Super Reviewer


Solid, horror style retelling of the story.

Anthony Valletta
Anthony Valletta

Super Reviewer

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