The Phantom of the Opera (1962)

84 mins | Horror | 1962

Director:

Terence Fisher

Writer:

John Elder

Producer:

Anthony Hinds

Cinematographer:

Arthur Grant

Production Designer:

Bernard Robinson

Production Company:

Hammer Film Productions, Ltd.
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HISTORY

John Elder is a pseudonym for Anthony Hinds. For information on other versions of The Phantom of the Opera, please consult the entry for the 1943 Universal release Phantom of the Opera. ...

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John Elder is a pseudonym for Anthony Hinds. For information on other versions of The Phantom of the Opera, please consult the entry for the 1943 Universal release Phantom of the Opera.

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CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Assoc prod
Asst dir
1st & 2nd asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
Art dir
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
Film ed
COSTUMES
Ward supv
Ward mistress
MUSIC
Mus comp & cond
SOUND
MAKEUP
Makeup
Hairdresser
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
Cont
Stills camera
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Le fantôme de l'Opéra by Gaston Leroux (Paris, 1910).
LITERARY SOURCE AUTHOR
DETAILS
Release Date:
1962
Premiere Information:
London opening: June 1962; Los Angeles opening: 15 Aug 1962
Production Date:

Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Hammer Film Productions
25 July 1962
LP24527
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Eastman Color, print by Pathé
Duration(in mins):
84
Countries:
United Kingdom, United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

During the London opening of Saint Joan , a new opera by Lord Ambrose D'Arcy, the body of a murdered stagehand swings out of the wings on a rope into full view of the terrified audience. The prima donna quits the production after the ghastly occurrence, forcing D'Arcy and producer Harry Hunter to audition for a replacement. They discover Christine Charles, a talented but unknown singer, but D'Arcy refuses to use her after she rejects his romantic advances. Shortly thereafter, Christine is abducted by a dwarf and carried to a grotto under the opera house, where she is confronted by a masked figure who offers to give her vocal training. Meanwhile, Harry has discovered that Saint Joan was actually written by an unknown composer who supposedly drowned in the Thames after suffering severe burns. Following the victim's trail, Harry finds himself in an underground sewer tunnel, which leads to Christine and her captor. Touched by the phantom's tale of D'Arcy's thievery, Harry agrees not to interfere with Christine's lessons, and a few weeks later she performs at the opera's reopening. As she takes her bow, however, the dwarf is spotted watching the performance, and in his attempt to flee, he accidentally breaks loose a heavy chandelier directly above Christine. Aware of her danger, the phantom rips off his mask, leaps to the stage, and throws Christine to safety before the chandelier kills ...

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During the London opening of Saint Joan , a new opera by Lord Ambrose D'Arcy, the body of a murdered stagehand swings out of the wings on a rope into full view of the terrified audience. The prima donna quits the production after the ghastly occurrence, forcing D'Arcy and producer Harry Hunter to audition for a replacement. They discover Christine Charles, a talented but unknown singer, but D'Arcy refuses to use her after she rejects his romantic advances. Shortly thereafter, Christine is abducted by a dwarf and carried to a grotto under the opera house, where she is confronted by a masked figure who offers to give her vocal training. Meanwhile, Harry has discovered that Saint Joan was actually written by an unknown composer who supposedly drowned in the Thames after suffering severe burns. Following the victim's trail, Harry finds himself in an underground sewer tunnel, which leads to Christine and her captor. Touched by the phantom's tale of D'Arcy's thievery, Harry agrees not to interfere with Christine's lessons, and a few weeks later she performs at the opera's reopening. As she takes her bow, however, the dwarf is spotted watching the performance, and in his attempt to flee, he accidentally breaks loose a heavy chandelier directly above Christine. Aware of her danger, the phantom rips off his mask, leaps to the stage, and throws Christine to safety before the chandelier kills him.

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Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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