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A mad, disfigured composer seeks love with a lovely young opera singer. At the Opera of Paris, a mysterious phantom threatens a famous lyric singer, Carlotta, and forces her to give up her role (Marguerite in Faust) for unknown Christine Daae. Christine meets this phantom (a masked man) in the catacombs, where he lives.

Starring Lon Chaney, Mary Philbin and Norman Kerry. Directed by Rupert Julian, Edward Sedgwick, and Lon Chaney.

Soundtrack is Symphony No. 8 in B minor, best known as the “Unfinished Symphony”.


This is the most commonly available version of The Phantom of the Opera.
It is a re-edit of the 1925 version and originally had a synchronized sound score.
It is from the milestone edition, and contains the man with lantern sequence edited in.
It is the best available print of the film from the UCLA film and television archives.

Leroux’s novel was made into two silent films. The first film version, a German adaptation called Das Gespenst im Opernhaus, is now a lost film. It was made in 1916 and was directed by Ernest Matray.

The next adaptation into a silent film was made in 1925 by Universal Studios. This version stars Lon Chaney as the Phantom. Due to tensions on the set, there was a switch in directors and Edward Sedgwick finished the film while changing the direction the movie was going to take. His take on the novel and making it a dark romantic movie with comedy was not popular with audiences. Finally, the film was reworked one last time by Maurice Pivar and Lois Weber. They removed most of Sedgwick’s contribution and returned to the original focus. This time, the movie was a success with audiences in 1929.

The original 1925 version can be found here:

Produced By Universal Studios (now Universal Pictures).
Public Domain

Universal Pictures
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