The Phantom of the Opera

The Phantom of the Opera

Lon Chaney
Director: Rupert Julian Cast: Lon Chaney
Lon Chaney
, Mary Philbin
Mary Philbin
, Norman Kerry
Norman Kerry
Rupert Julian


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Lon Chaney stars as Erik, the Phantom, in what is probably his most famous and certainly his most horrifying role. Produced by Universal, the film shot in 1923 and shelved for nearly two years, and was subjected to intensive studio tinkering. While many expected a disaster, the film turned out to be a rousing success. It was both the stepping off point for Chaney's run as a superstar at MGM and the prototype for the horror film cycle at Universal in the 1930s. The story concerns Erik, a much-feared fiend who haunts the Paris Opera House. Lurking around the damp, dank passages deep in the cellars of the theater, he secretly coaches understudy Christine Daae (Mary Philbin) to be an opera star. Through a startling sequence of terrors, including sending a giant chandelier crashing down on the opera patrons, the Phantom forces the lead soprano to withdraw from the opera, permitting Christine to step in. Luring Christine into his subterranean lair below the opera house, the Phantom confesses his love. But Christine is in love with Raoul de Chagny (Norman Kerry). The Phantom demands that Christine break off her relationship with Raoul before he'll allow her to return to the opera house stage. She agrees, but immediately upon her release from the Phantom's lair, she runs into the arms of Raoul and they plan to flee to England after her performance that night. The Phantom overhears their conversation and, during her performance, the Phantom kidnaps Christine, taking her to the depths of his dungeon. It is left to Raoul and Simon Buquet (Gibson Gowland), a secret service agent, to track down the Phantom and rescue Christine.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/13/2015
UPC: 0738329201395
Original Release: 1925
Rating: NR
Source: Kino Classics
Time: 1:54:00
Sales rank: 26,800

Special Features

Disc 1; Music Composed and Performed by Alloy Orchestra (2.0 Stereo); Theatre Organ score arranged and performed by Gaylord Carter (2.0 Stereo); Musical setting composed by Gabriel Thibaudeau (2.0 Stereo); Audio Commentary by Film Historian Jon C. Mirsalis; Disc 2; Alternate 1925 release version, featuring a musical setting arranged and performed by Frederick Hodges (2.0 Stereo); Lengthy excerpts of the 1930 sound re-issue version (mono); Original Screenplay; Original Theatrical Trailer; Interview with Composer Gabriel Thibadeau; Two travel films capturing Paris in 1925: "Paris From a Motor" and "A Trip on the Seine"

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Lon Chaney The Phantom
Mary Philbin Christine Daae
Norman Kerry Vicomte Raoul de Chagny
Arthur Edmund Carewe Ledoux, the Persian
Gibson Gowland Simon Buquet
Edward Martindel Philippe de Chagny [sound version]
John St. Polis Philippe de Chagny [silent version]
Snitz Edwards Florine Papillon
Virginia Pearson Carlotta
Olive Ann Alcorn La Sorelli
Alexander Bevani Mephistopheles
Edward Cecil Faust
Chester Conklin Orderly
Bruce Covington Mons. Moncharmin
Grace Marvin Martha
John Miljan Valentine
George B. William M. Richard, manager
Ward Crane Count Ruboff
Cesare Gravina Retiring Manager
Bernard Siegel Joseph Buquet
Anton Vaverka The Prompter
Edith Yorke Mama Valerius

Technical Credits
Rupert Julian Director
Milton Bridenbecker Cinematographer
Ben Carre Production Designer
Elliott J. Clawson Screenwriter
Charles Hall Production Designer
Carl Laemmle Producer
Carl Laemmle Producer
Frank M. McCormack Screenwriter
Virgil E. Miller Cinematographer
Maurice Pivar Editor
Tom Reed Screenwriter
Raymond Schrock Screenwriter
Philip Springer Score Composer
Charles Van Enger Cinematographer
Rick Wakeman Score Composer

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The Phantom of the Opera 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
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A great silent movie about an opera, it's both funny and bizzare at the same time! Lon Chaney is a spectacular phantom and his make-up was amazing (well done Mr. Chaney)! The only thing that seemed to bug me was that Mary (Christine) and Norman (Raoul) seemed to be a little too old for their parts, but Mr. Chaney was the perfect age for the phantom... oh well, in the end it doesn't matter, in a way! If you want to see what started the true success of Phantom then you need to see this movie (yes, some things are different but that's to be expected when you convert a book to a movie, still, the story remains the same and it's full of excitement)! WATCH THIS MOVIE... YOU WON'T REGRET IT!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie more than makes up for lack of sound with its engaging story and poetic cinematography. The story is suprisingly accurate to the original book, and I found myself enchanted by Lon Chaney's passionate depiction of Erik. I especially recommend this classic to anyone who has read the books or seen the play. I also recommend this movie to anyone who has doubts about the artistry in a silent movie.
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