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The Phantom of the Opera (Le Fantôme de l'Opéra) is a French novel by Gaston Leroux. It was first published as a serial in Le Gaulois from 23 September 1909 to 8 January 1910. It tells the story of a horribly deformed but musically gifted man, Erik, who dwells in the catacombs beneath the Paris Opera House, and who goes to great and evil lengths to which he is prepared to go to bring about the success and gain the love young singer Christine Daaé. It has been successfully adapted into various stage and film adaptations, most notable of which are the 1925 film depiction featuring Lon Chaney, and Andrew Lloyd Webber's 1986 musical.

The Phantom of the Opera in Southern Victory


Phantom of the Catacombs was a French novel. In the 1920s, it was made into an American silent moving picture starring Lon Chaney. In 1943, a sound film version was being prepared. It was understood any actor playing the Phantom would be measured against Chaney's performance.[1]

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  1. The Grapple, pg. 550