The Phantom of the Opera (1925 film)

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The Phantom of the Opera  (1925) 
by Rupert Julian
An American silent horror film, adaptation of Gaston Leroux's 1910 novel The Phantom of the Opera.
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CARL LAEMMLE
Presents

The PHANTOM
OF THE OPERA

From the Celebrated Novel by
GASTON LEROUX

with

LON CHANEY
MARY PHILBIN
AND
NORMAN KERRY

Directed
by

RUPERT JULIAN

UNIVERSAL PRODUCTION
COPYRIGHT, MCMXXV, BY UNIVERSAL PICTURES CORP.
CARL LAEMMLE, PRESIDENT

THE PLAYERS

The Phantom
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LON CHANEY
Christine Daae
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MARY PHILBIN
Vicomte Raoul de Chagny
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NORMAN KERRY
Ledoux
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Arthur Edmund Carewe
Simon Buquet
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Gibson Gowland
Comte Philip de Chagny
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John Sainpolis
Florine Papillon
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Snitz Edwards
Carlotta
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Mary Fabian
Carlotta's Mother
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Virginia Pearson

Sanctuary of song lovers, The Paris Opera House, rising nobly over medieval torture chambers, hidden dungeons, long forgotten.

AMPHITHEATRE
BAIGNOIRES - ORCHESTRE

Melody floats through hall and corridor, even to the executive offices, where a strange deal is being closed.

"Now the Notary's seal, gentlemen, and you are the fortunate new owners."

"It is barely possible you may hear of a ghost, a Phantom of the Opera!"

"The attendant of Box Five will not laugh when you ask about the opera ghost!"

"You jest, Messieurs! We are not children!"

LOGE 3&5

"Who occupies Box Five?"

"I do not know."

"I have seen only the cloaked figure of a man who hides his face and will not speak!"

"Is it the Phantom?"

"The Phantom! The Phantom is up from the cellars again!"

"We saw him for an instant——a gray shadow——and he was gone!"

"He had no nose!"

"Yes, he did, it was enormous!"

"That man came out of the cellars—just after we saw the Phantom. Could it be that he—?"

"Joseph Buquet has really seen the Phantom! Let's ask him——"

"His eyes are ghastly beads in which there is no light—like holes in a grinning skull!"

"His face is like leprous parchment, yellow skin strung tight over protruding bones!"

"His nose——there is no nose!"

"Have a care, Buquet—ghosts like not to be seen or talked about!"

"Come, I'll show you where I saw him—in the scene-dock of the third cellar."

"I saw him here! A flash of shadow, and he was gone!"

"My daughter, Carlotta, has been insulted! She, the favorite prima donna of the Paris Opera!"

Mlle. Carlotta,

Christine Daaé will sing the role of Marguerite, Wednesday night! Any jealous attempt on your part to interfere with the performance will prove disastrous to your career.

The Phantom

"No ghost will frighten Carlotta! Wednesday evening you will hear her singing!"

Wednesday night found Mlle. Carlotta strangely ill, and Cristine Daaé singing "Marguerite".

"What is this I hear about Christine favoring some mysterious admirer, instead of you, Raoul?"

"Don't worry, my dear Brother—nothing shall interfere with our love."

"I hear a lot of rumors, Raoul—be careful!"

"At last you have realized your ambition, my darling, and now we shall be married."

"I can never leave the Opera, Raoul. You must forget our love."

From hidden places beyond the walls a melodious voice, like the voice of an angel, spoke to her.

"Christine, tonight I placed the world at your feet!"

"To you I have imparted the full measure of my art. You will triumph—all Paris will worship you!"

"But I warn you, you must forget all worldly things and think only of your carrer—and your Master!"

"Soon, Christine, this spirit will take form and command your love!"

"Call for me when you will. I shall be waiting."

In Mlle. Carlotta's correspondence there appeared another letter, edged in black!

Mlle. Carlotta,

If you appear tomorrow night, you must be prepared for a great misfortune, and therefore I advise you to be "ill."

The Phantom

"Christine Daaé's friends are plotting again! But my daughter shall sing tomorrow night, come what may!"

My dear Managers

The role of 'Marguerite' shall be sung again tomorrow evening by Christine Daaé, instead of Carlotta.

The Phantom

P.S. If you refuse this, you will present Faust in a house with a curse on it.

Encouraged by her mother, Carlotta defied every warning, and the following evening appreared as——"Marguerite".

"So far so good——for a house with a curse on it!"

Vicomte Raoul de Chagny

I cannot explain, but you must never attempt to see me again.

Christine

"Behold! She is singing to bring down the chandelier!"

"Christine, I have come for you——"

"I'm ready, Master—waiting!"

"Walk to your mirror, my dear——have no fear!"

"Christine, it is I——your Master!"

"Look not upon my mask—think rather of my devotion which has brought you the gift of song."

A black lake, hidden from man and the sun, leading to the Phantom's rendezvous.

"I have brought you here——five cellars underground—"

"—because I love you!"

"For long weary months I have awaited this hour!"

"So that which is good within me, aroused by your purity, might plead for your love."

"That is where I sleep."

"It keeps me reminded of that other dreamless sleep that cures all ills——forever!"

"You——You are the Phantom!"

"If I am the Phantom, it is because man's hatred has made me so."

"If I shall be saved, it will be because your love redeems me."

"Men once knew me as Erik, but for many years I have lived in these cellars, a nameless legend."

ÉDITION DE 5 HEURES
5H Le Matin 5H

Professeurs Bresdess
En France

LA BATAILLE VA
COMMENCER

LES DESSOUS DE
LA PROHIBITION

Mort de M.
Anatole Debra

Deux records
battus match

ANOTHER PHANTOM TRAGEDY
CHRISTINE DAAÉ DISAPPEARS
Opera Singer Mysteriously Vanishes
Following Chandelier Disaster

While pandemonium reigned in the Paris Opera House, Christine Daaé understudy to Mlle. Carlotta, mysteriously disappeared from her dressing room last night.

The night passed—a night of vague horrors——tortured dreams——

CHRISTINE

My dear Christine

You are in no peril as long as you do not touch my mask. You will be free as long as your love for this spirit of Erik overcomes your fear.

Erik

"Don Juan Triumphant"

"Since first I saw your face, this music has been singing to me of you and——love triumphant!"

"Yet listen——there sound an ominous undercurrent of warning!"

"Feast your eyes—glut your soul, on my accursed ugliness!"

"Oh, mad Christine, who would not heed my warning!"

"If you love me, as you say, let me go. I promise to be your slave forever!"

"I shall prove to you the depth of my love. You may return to your world for the present. You may sing in the opera once more."

"But, remember, you are mine—mine—and you shall not see your lover again! If you do, it is death to you both!"

"Oh, I swear it, I swear it! I shall never see him again!"

Although I gave my word never to see you again, I must. I will be at the Bal Masque tomorrow night, but not alone.

Beware!

Christine

One night each year, all Paris mingled forgetful of caste——the merry, mad Bal Masque de l'Opera.

Into the midst of the revelry, strode a spectral figure, robed in red.

"Beneath your dancing feet are the tombs of tortured men—thus does the Red Death rebuke your merriment!"

High above Paris—on the roof of the Opera!

"Are we alone, Raoul? Can anyone overhear what we say?"

"I have seen him, Raoul! I have seen the Phantom!"

"He is a monster—a loathsome beast! You must save me from him, Raoul!"

"Mlle. Carlotta, under the spell of his curse will never sing again. Tomorrow I take her place in Faust. After the performance you must take me away!"

"I shall be at the stage door. We will flee to England."

"She has betrayed me!"

"Not that way—this way!"

"That was the Opera ghost!"

ERIK

Born during the Boulevard Massacre. Self educated musician and master of Black Art.

Exiled to Devil's Island for criminal insane.

Escaped

NOW AT LARGE

"This is your man, Monsieur le Prefect—The Phantom of the Opera!"

At nine o'clock the following evening a mysterious barouche stopped on the rotunda side of the Opera.

OPERA
FAUST

"Wait for me at the west gate."

"I have heard his voice once more, Raoul. He knows our plans——everything."

"Believe in my love, Raoul. Save me from that monster—oh, save me!"

"My barouche is waiting outside. We leave immediately after the performance!"

"Dry your tears, dear, and hasten——you must make ready for your performance!"

"Come quick! The strangler's work again!"

"It was there!"

"I saw the body dangling in the air!"

"My brother——poor Joseph, he knew too much about the Phantom!"

"The Punjab lasso—the strangler's cord!"

"Assassin! Hide yourself in the deepest shadows—but I shall find you out!"

Fear for his brother's safety, brought Comte de Chagny to the Opera house that night.

"I think I can take you to Christine Daaé—if you do exactly as I tell you."

"Who are you that knows the Phantom's secrets—and betrays them?"

"I am Ledoux of the Secret Police. I have studied this Phantom for months."

"I found his hiding place deep within the torture chambers where he himself was confined during the second Revolution."

"Keep your hand up—the strangler's noose coils quick!"

"Your hand up—it is a matter of life or death!"

"The discovery of this trap-door cost Joseph Buquet his life."

"I am a messenger from the shadows——turn back ere ye perish!"

"You lied to me! Do you think you and your lover could cheat the Phantom?"

"Ungrateful fool! You have spurned the spirit thar inspired you——the spirit that made you great!"

"Now, you shall see the evil spirit that makes my evil face!"

"No longer like a toad in these foul cellars will I secrete the venom of hatred——for you shall bring me love!"

"We should be within his hiding place, now."

"We have fallen into the room of many mirrors——the old torture chamber!"

"I am human like other men——I will not be cheated of my happiness!"

"Raoul! Raoul! My brother—where are you?"

"It seems we have callers."

"Christine! Christine! Can you hear me?"

"Your voice sounds near—Try to find a door that will lead to us."

"Look about you—try to learn where he keeps the keys."

"The callers have departed."

CHIC-CAFÉ-RESTAURANT

"I have discovered the Phantom's hiding place—tonight my brother will be avenged!"

"Did you hear voices?"

"Perhaps we have more callers."

HEAT—intolerable heat!

"Fools—do they think they can match their wits against Erik?"

"What do you offer for their lives?"

"Your answer quick—they can survive but a few moments!"

"Gunpowder!"

"You have your chance of saving him. Will you be the bride of Erik, or do you prefer to watch your lover die?"

"If you turn the Scorpion—you have said 'Yes' and spared de Chagny."

"Turn the grasshopper——and the Opera House is blown to a thousand bits!"

"I'll do anything you say, if you will only save them!"

Finis

This is repealed at the request of picture patrons who desire to check the names of performers whose work has pleased them.


THE PLAYERS

The Phantom
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LON CHANEY
Christine Daae
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MARY PHILBIN
Vicomte Raoul de Chagny
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NORMAN KERRY
Ledoux
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Arthur Edmund Carewe
Simon Buquet
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Gibson Gowland
Comte Philip de Chagny
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John Sainpolis
Florine Papillon
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Snitz Edwards
Carlotta
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Virginia Pearson

This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1926.


The author died in 1943, so this work is also in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 75 years or less. This work may also be in the public domain in countries and areas with longer native copyright terms that apply the rule of the shorter term to foreign works.