Phantom of the Opera
Phantom of the Opera (1943)

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

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: April 12, 2005
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Critic Score: 75% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Dan Jardine
All Movie Guide

Lon Chaney created such an empathetic villain that it was nearly impossible not to root for him

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Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette

If you liked the stage version, you'll LOVE this version.

Paul Chambers
Movie Chambers

Rains, one of my favorite actors, gives a superb interpretation of the mysterious recluse.

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Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena

Esta luxuosa produção é bem-sucedida ao resgatar a grandiosidade da Ópera, mas falha justamente por permitir que seus valores técnicos transformem o Fantasma em coadjuvante.

Steve Crum
Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers

Fine version of classic horror/love story/tragedy...minus music, of course.

Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

If the film never goes full-tilt horror until the somewhat rushed climax, it at least manages to retain a spooky tone, and boasts a few shocks and some exciting scenes. It's rarely dull.

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Flixster Audience Score: 78% Flixster User Reviews
danny d
although i love claude rains as an actor, his casting is the only thing in this film i slightly question, and even still, he did a great job with the role… More
Conner Rainwater
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… More
Aj V
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.
Jason Spencer
It's pretty good and the end had me laughing.
Luke Baldock
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… More
Byron Brubaker
The only version I've seen with such a long exposition to explain how the Phantom comes to be scarred and living in the sewers below the Paris Opera House.… More