The Original Silent version from 1925 was later re released in 1930 with a part sound track and updated scenes. (and you only thought that it was George Lucas who liked to play around with his old films ) Lon Chaney Senior played the Phantom and was responsible for creating the LOOK that most believe matches the description of the original novel LE FANTOME DE L'OPERA first published in 1909.
Although the story by the french writer Gaston Leroux is now regarded as a great read, this was not always the case. It was never a hit with the public, but after the Universal Studios film of 1925, its merit was finally acknowledged.
Unfortunately no full production print of the 1925 version still survives, (or has yet to be discovered) but a mix match of both film versions of 1925 & 1930 can still be seen these days, along with coloured Death Ball sequence.
Now the story continues to entertain people all over the world..... and in London's West End it is still running at the same theatre in the Haymarket where it opened over 25 YEARS.
I was fortunate enough to see the original cast which included a Certain former FRANK SPENCER and a FUTURE now FORMER MRS ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER.
Here is Buddy as The Phantom coaching HIS Christine to sing like an ANGEL.
|KEEP SINGING CHRISTINE, AND DON'T LOOK BEHIND THE MASK !!!|
MORE MONSTER FUN TOMORROW !