Arthur Lubin directs Claude Rains, Susanna Foster and Nelson Eddy in this period romantic thriller loosely based on Gaston Leroux’s 1910 novel.
Surprised this doesn’t have a stronger reputation. OK… so the scenes without the impeccable Claude Rains are a bit doily and duff but the gothic thriller stuff, especially the cavernous underground finale, are very compelling. Our DVD skipped a few bits but this interpretation is a frothy blast with little arias of horror. Clearly the direct synoptic influence on the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical.
Perfect Double Bill: The Climax (1944)
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