Phantom of the Opera (1943)

92m, 2536 metres
35mm film, Technicolor, 1.37:1
mono, English

An American horror film directed by Arthur Lubin.

Plot Summary

Violinist Anatole Garron falls in love with singer Christine Dubois and does what he can, in secret, to further her career. But when Garron loses his job, he murders a music publisher in a psychotic rage and in an accident, his face is disfigured by . Garron disappears and before long, a series of mysterious crimes are being committed at the Opera House. The legend of the Phantom is born…


Director: Arthur Lubin
Universal Pictures
Producer: George Waggner
Script: Samuel Hoffenstein, John Jacoby, Eric Taylor
Novel: Le fantôme de l'opera by Gaston Leroux
Directors of Photography: W. Howard Greene, Hal Mohr
Editor: Russell Schoengarth
Music: Edward Ward
Opera Sequences: Lester Horton, William von Wymetal
Sound: Bernard B. Brown
Costume Designer: Vera West
Special Effects: Tim Barr
Art Directors: Alexander Golitzen, John B. Goodman
Locations: Universal Studios, Universal City, California, USA

Nelson Eddy (Anatole Garron)
Susanna Foster (Christine Dubois)
Claude Rains (Erik Claudin)
Edgar Barrier (Raoul D'Aubert)
Leo Carrillo (Signor Ferretti)
Jane Farrar (Biancarolli)
J. Edward Bromberg (Amiot)
Fritz Feld (Lecours)
Frank Puglia (Villeneuve)
Steven Geray (Vereheres)
Barbara Everest (the aunt)
Hume Cronyn (Gerard)
Fritz Leiber (Franz Liszt)
Nicki Andre (Lorenzi)
Gladys Blake (Jeanne)
Elvira Curci (Biancarolli's maid)
Hans Herbert (Marcel)
Kate Lawson (landlady)
Miles Mander (Pleyel)
Rosina Galli (Christine's maid)

Alternative Titles

El fantasma de la ópera – Spain
Il fantasma dell'opera – Italy
Le fantôme de l'opéra – Belgium (France)
Fantomen på stora operan – Sweden
Phantom der Oper – West Germany
Das Phantom der Oper – Austria
Het Spook van de opera – Belgium (Flemish)
Suuren Oopperan kummitus – Finland

Extracts included in
The Opera Ghost: A Phantom Unmasked (2000)
The Universal Story (1995)



  • American Cinematographer vol.74 no.9 (September 1993) pp.80-85 – illustrated credits, article
  • Castle of Frankenstein no.2 p.11
  • Castle of Frankenstein no.22 p.40
  • Classic Images no.280 (October 1998) p.35 – review
  • Empire no.163 (January 2003) pp.168-169 – illustrated DVD review
  • Films in Review vol.13 no.8 (October 1962) p.507 – review
  • Kine Weekly 2 December 1943 – review
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.11 no.121 (January 1944) p.5 – credits, synopsis, review
  • Motion Picture Herald 21 August 1943 – review
  • Sight & Sound vol.1 no.11 (March 1992) p.62 – note
  • Sight & Sound vol.10 no.2 (February 2000) p.62 – video review
  • Today's Cinema vol.61 no.4963 (1 December 1943) – review
  • Today's Cinema Special 28 February 1952 p.10 – review
  • We Belong Dead no.29 (Autumn 2021) pp.30-31 – illustrated article (Ansel's asylum for the psychotronic No.3 by Ansel Faraj)


  • Feature Films, 1940-1949: A United States Filmography by Alan G. Fetrow p.372
  • The Horror Factory by Bruce Dettman and Michael Bedford pp.147-149 – article
  • by Walt Lee p.366 – credits
  • Universal Horrors by Michael Brunas, John Brunas, Tom Weaver – article