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….
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Production Designer
Supervising Editor
Production Manager
Assistant Director
Art Director
Sound Recordist
Sound Editor
Make-up Artist
Hair Stylist
Wardrobe Supervisor
Wardrobe Mistress
Camera Operator
Director of Photography
Music Composed and Conducted by 
Screenplay by
Based on the Composition by
Associate Producer
Produced by
Directed by 

Bernard Robinson
James Needs
Clifford Parkes
Alfred Cox
John Peverall
Don Mingaye
Jock May
James Groom
Tilly Day
Roy Ashton
Frieda Steiger
Molly Arbuthnot
Rosemary Burrows
Len Harris
Arthur Grant, BSc
Edwin Astley
John Elder
Gaston Leroux
Basil Keys
Anthony Hinds
Terence Fisher

Opera Scenes staged by Dennis Maunder by permission of the General Administrator, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden


The Phantom/Professor Petrie
Lord Ambrose D’Arcy
Sergeant Vickers
Mrs Tucker
1st Cabby
2nd Cabby
The Dwarf

Hebert Lom
Heather Sears
Thorley Walters
Edward de Souza
Michael Gough
Martin Miller
Miriam Karlin
Marne Maitland
Harold Goodwin
Joh Harvey
Liane Aukin
Sonya Cordeau
Patrick Troughton
Renee Houston
Keith Pyott
Michael Ripper
Miles Malleson
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