Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Phantom of the Vcr Who Was That Masked Opera Fan? Lon Chaney, If You're Lucky

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Phantom of the Vcr Who Was That Masked Opera Fan? Lon Chaney, If You're Lucky

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Gaston Leroux' "The Phantom of the Opera" has inspired a slew of stage and screen projects. It may have started out as a novel, but the story of the disfigured music fanatic who lives in the Paris sewers and helps his favorite singer at any cost is best known for its video versions.

With Andrew Lloyd Weber's musical "Phantom of the Opera" opening at the Fox theater Saturday night (and running through Aug. 26), GET OUT thought it might be good time to check out the films that preceded it.

Here are a few available on video:

* Phantom of the Opera, 1925 version. Hollywood's first stab at the phantom legend is its most enduring. Lon Chaney Sr. created the monster in this silent classic directed by Rupert Julian. It's dark and moody and still very creepy.

* Phantom of the Opera, 1943 version. When talkies came out, Hollywood was compelled to do it again, creating the version that's repeated often on television. Claude Rains did the lead role justice and Nelson Eddy provided the singing. …

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