Phantom of the Opera
Phantom of the Opera (1943)

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

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: August 27, 1943
DVD Release Date: April 12, 2005
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Critic Score: 75% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

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

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