The Phantom of the Opera

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

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Talented Christine (Susanna Foster) is unaware that her singing lessons are being funded by a secret admirer, Enrique (Claude Rains), a mysterious violinist with a disfigured face. Christine's colleagues become suspicious when mysterious accidents start occurring at the Paris Opera House, as the deaths coincide with her meteoric rise to stardom. Christine's suitors, Raoul (Edgar Barrier) and Anatole (Nelson Eddy), brave the dark recesses of the opera house to find the true culprit.

Cast & Crew

Claude Rains
Enrique Claudin
Nelson Eddy
Anatole Garron
Susanna Foster
Christine Dubois
Edgar Barrier
Raoul D'Aubert
Jane Farrar
Biancarolli
Frank Puglia
Villeneuve
John Jacoby
Writer (Adaptation)
Gaston Leroux
Writer (Novel)
Eric Taylor
Screenwriter
Edward Ward
Original Music
W. Howard Greene
Cinematographer
Hal Mohr
Cinematographer
Russell F. Schoengarth
Film Editor
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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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