Phantom of the Opera

Critics Consensus

Though it lives beneath the 1925 version, Claude Rains plays title character well in this landmark color version of the classic tragedy.



Total Count: 21


Audience Score

User Ratings: 34,805
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Movie Info

Early color version of the classic story, starring Claude Reins as the obsessed, tragic Phantom.

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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
Fritz Leiber
as Franz Liszt
Elvira Curci
as Biancarolli's maid
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
Muni Seroff
as Reporter
Belle Mitchell
as Feretti's Maid
Ernest Golm
as Office Manager
Renee Carson
as Georgette Pleyel's Girl Friend
Cyril Delevanti
as Bookkeeper
John Walsh
as Office Boy
Jim Mitchell
as Reporter
William Desmond
as Stagehand
Hank Mann
as Stagehand
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Critic Reviews for Phantom of the Opera

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (16) | Rotten (5)

Audience Reviews for Phantom of the Opera

  • Sep 05, 2010
    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 Super Reviewer
  • Jan 23, 2010
    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 B Super Reviewer
  • Dec 09, 2009
    For its time it is quite impressive, but it suffers from a weak plot that doesn't exactly translate from its play form. The suspense is dull until about the last 30 minutes, which is by far the best part of the film. Claude Rains played a really great kooky Phantom, he made the movie worthwhile. The visuals are good, but it's not spectacular.
    Conner R Super Reviewer
  • Nov 03, 2007
    Very good adaptation with a star turn by Rains.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer

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