It's opening night for the London Opera House. Producer Harry Hunter (Edward De Souza) and manager Lattimer (Thorley Walters) are preparing for the first performance of Saint Joan: The Tragedy of Joan of Arc, a brand new opera composed by Lord Ambrose D'Arcy (Michael Gough). The cast and crew, however, are nervous due to various unexplained mishaps. The night takes a sinister turn when the corpse of a hanged stage hand pops up during the performance.
Written in 1910, Gaston Leroux's The Phantom of The Opera is the third in the series of classic horror novels, preceded by Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and Bram Stoker's Dracula. Unlike those stories, Leroux's novel was a failure upon its release; it was even out of print several times during the 20th century. Whereas Frankenstein and Dracula were instant successes in novel form, The Phantom of The Opera has achieved longevity through the various film adaptations.
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