The Phantom Of the Opera (1943)

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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