The Phantom of the Opera (1962)

USA, UK, 1962
80m 41s (UK – video), 84m 15s (UK – theatrical)
35mm, Eastmancolor, 1.66:1
mono, English

An American/British horror film directed by Terence Fisher.

Plot Summary

Lord Ambrose D’Arcy steals the work of struggling music Professor Petry. A distraught Petry breaks into a printers office hoping to destroy the work so that D’Arcy can’t go ahead with his plans to print the work and pass it off as his own, but accidentally starts a fire leaving him horribly disfigured. Many years later, one of his stolen pieces of work, an opera, is about to be staged at a London opera house – and something monstrous is lurking in the wings…


* = uncredited

Directed by: Terence Fisher
© MCMLXII [1962] Universal Pictures Company Incorporated
A Hammer Film production
Produced by: Anthony Hinds
Associate Producer: Basil Keys
Screenplay by: Anthony Hinds|John Elder
Based on the composition by Gaston Leroux
Director of Photography: Arthur Grant
Supervising Editor: James Needs
Editor: Alfred Cox
Music Composed and Conducted by: Edwin Astley
Sound Recordist: Jock May
Wardrobe Supervisor: Molly Arbuthnot
Make-up Artist: Roy Ashton
Hair Stylist: Frieda Steiger
Production Designer: Bernard Robinson
Opera Scenes Staged by: Dennis Maunder by permission of the General Administrator, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
Produced at Bray Studios, England

Herbert Lom (The Phantom/Professor Petrie)
Heather Sears (Christine)
Thorley Walters (Lattimer)
Michael Gough ([Lord] Ambrose [D’Arcy])
Edward De Souza (Harry)
Miles Malleson (2nd cabby)
Miriam Karlin (charwoman)
Marne Maitland (Xavier)
Harold Goodwin (Bill)
Martin Miller (Rossi)
John Harvey (Sergeant Vickers)
Liane Aukin (Maria)
Sonya Cordeau (Yvonne)
Patrick Troughton (ratcatcher)
Renee Houston (Mrs Tucker)
Keith Pyott (Weaver)
Michael Ripper (1st cabby)
Ian Wilson (the dwarf)
Leila Forde [Teresa] *
Geoffrey L’Oise [Frenchman] *
Liam Redmond *

Alternative Titles

El fantasma de la ópera – Spain
Il fantasma dell’opera – Italy
Das Rätsel der unheimlichen Maske – Germany
Suuren oopperan kummitus – Finland



  • Castle of Frankenstein no.2 pp. 11, 12
  • Castle of Frankenstein no.3 p.4
  • Castle of Frankenstein no.4 p.6
  • Castle of Frankenstein no.22 p.40
  • Cinemonde no.1469 (2 October 1962) p.10 – review
  • The Daily Cinema no.8619 (4 June 1962) p.6 – review
  • The Daily Cinema no.9022 (1 February 1965) p.9 – note (General Releases – North London)
  • The Daily Cinema no.9025 (8 February 1965) p.5 – note (General Releases – North London
  • Dark Terrors no.17 (2000) pp.20-29 – illustrated credits, article
  • Fangoria no.147 (October 1995) p.37 – illustrated review
  • Film Daily vol.120 no.116 (18 June 1962) p.6 – review
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.170 no.37 (14 June 1962) p.3 – review
  • The House That Hammer Built no.3 (June 1997) pp.170-174 – illustrated credits, synopsis, review
  • The House That Hammer Built no.10 (October 1998) pp.91-106 – illustrated article
  • Kine Weekly no.2852 (31 May 1962) p.90 – review
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.29 no.342 (July 1962) p.94 – credits, synopsis, review
  • Motion Picture Herald vol.227 no.12 (27 June 1962) p.604 – credits
  • Motion Picture Herald vol.228 no.5 (5 September 1962) p.13 – review


  • The Armchair Odeon: The Collector’s Guide to the Movies by Denis Gifford p.37-38
  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.150
  • British Gothic Cinema by Barry Forshaw pp.130-1
  • The Charm of Evil: The Life and Films of Terence Fisher by Wheeler Winston Dixon pp.347-350; 529-530 – notes; credits
  • Classic Horror Films and the Literature That Inspired Them by Ron Backer pp.100-102
  • English Gothic: A Century of Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby pp.96, 115, 116-18, 117, r24
  • Feature Films, 1960-1969: A Filmography of English-language and Major Foreign-language United States Releases by Harris M. Lentz III p.349
  • Hammer Complete: The Films, the Personnel, the Company by Howard Maxford pp.630-632 – illustrated credits, synopsis, review
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films II by Donald C. Willis p.303
  • Horrorshows: The A-Z of Horror in Film, TV, Radio and Theatre by Gene Wright p.27 – illustrated credits, review
  • Kinematograph and Television Year Book 1963 p.122 – credits (Films trade shown 1961-1962)
  • Reference Guide to Fantastic Films by Walt Lee p.366 – credits
  • Sixties Shockers by Mark Clark and Bryan Senn pp.320-322
  • Terence Fisher by Peter Hutchings pp.5, 10, 82, 117-118, 123, 124, 125, 134 – notes
  • Terence Fisher: Horror, Myth and Religion by Paul Leggett pp.65, 93, 110, 128-135 – notes
  • Uneasy Dreams: The Golden Age of British Horror Films, 1956-1976 by Gary A. Smith pp.177-178