1962 The Phantom of the Opera

The Phantom of the Opera - 1962

A Hammer film production released by Universal Pictures 

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MPAA Approved Certificate 

The characters and incidents portrayed and the names used herein are fictitious and any similarity to the name, character, or history of any person is entirely accidental and unintentional 

RCA Sound Recording 

Produced at Bray Studios, England 

Eastmancolor by Pathe 84 mins 


At the London theatre where the first night of the obnoxious Lord Ambrose D'Arcy's new opera "Joan of Arc" is taking place, there is talk that the place is haunted by a mysterious phantom. Then, during the performance, the hanged body of a stagehand rips through a backdrop and swings out on to the stage in full view of the horrified house. Later that night, Christine, a rising young singer, hears a weird, disembodied voice in her dressing room....Watch the trailer on YouTube



Production Designer Bernard Robinson
Supervising Editor James Needs
Production Manager Clifford Parkes
Editor Alfred Cox
Assistant Director John Peverall
Art Director Don Mingaye
Sound Recordist Jock May
Sound Editor James Groom
Continuity Tilly Day
Make-up Artist Roy Ashton
Hair Stylist Frieda Steiger
Wardrobe Supervisor Molly Arbuthnot
Wardrobe Mistress Rosemary Burrows
Opera Scenes staged by Dennis Maunder by permission of the General Administrator, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
Camera Operator
Len Harris
Director of Photography Arthur Grant, BSc
Music Composed and Conducted by Edwin Astley
Screenplay by John Elder
Based on the Composition by Gaston Leroux
Associate Producer Basil Keys
Produced by Anthony Hinds
Directed by Terence Fisher


The Phantom/Professor Petrie Hebert Lom
Christine Heather Sears
Lattimer Thorley Walters
Harry Edward de Souza
Lord Ambrose D'Arcy Michael Gough
Rossi Martin Miller
Charwoman Miriam Karlin
Xavier Marne Maitland
Bill Harold Goodwin
Sergeant Vickers Joh Harvey
Maria Liane Aukin
Yvonne Sonya Cordeau
Ratcatcher Patrick Troughton
Mrs Tucker Renee Houston
Weaver Keith Pyott
1st Cabby Michael Ripper
2nd Cabby Miles MallesonI
The Dwarf Ian Wilson


This was the third time that Universal had taken on "The Phantom of the Opera", the other versions having been made in 1925 and 1943. The famous scene in which Lon Chaney's horrific make-up is unmasked in the silent 1925 film remains one of the classic moments of screen terror.
 English-born Hollywood star Cary Grant was originally intended for the title role in this film, but eventually decided against it and was replaced by Herbert Lom. Lom himself later became best known for his performances as Peter Sellers' increasingly demented boss Commissioner Dreyfuss in the "Clouseau/Pink Panther" series of films.
 Character actor Thorley Walters also appeared for Hammer in "Dracula - Prince of Darkness" (1966), "Frankenstein Created Woman" (1966), "Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed" (1969) and "Vampire Circus" (1971).
 BBC TV's second Doctor Who, Patrick Troughton, has a small part here as a rat-catcher, his other films for Hammer are "The Gorgon" (1964), "The Viking Queen" (1967), "Scars of Dracula" (1969) and "Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell" (1973).

Details were complied viewing the actual film. 
Source of viewing copy - The Hammer Graveyard Collection