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Movie-A-Day #266: The Phantom of the Opera (1925).

September 23, 2011

The first installment of Gaston Leroux’s serialized novel “The Phantom of the Opera” was first published on this day in 1909. It was a bit of a flop initially. But once it hit the big screen it became a phenomenon, going through various guises from horror tale to doomed love story to musical extravaganza and beyond. But the first American version, starring Lon Chaney in a legendary performance, has set the tone for all that followed.

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