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Title

The Phantom of the Opera

Plot

Raoul de Chagny falls for the stunning Christine Daae as he he watches her perform in Paris Opera House. But he must pursue her through its backdoors and stage rooms while he his heart becomes heavy with the presence of a disfigured spirit. The spirit wields unimaginable power over the singer and Raoul must compete with him to win her heart and overcome her fears.

Episode

0264

Air Dates

  • First Run - April 28, 1975
  • Repeat - August 6, 1975
  • Repeat - May 20, 1979

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Rating

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10 Responses to Episode 0264

well done!!!

marcco

A ghostly actor terrorizes an opera house and its leading lady.

Farrah Calbou

Really a credible version of the story based on the novel by Gaston Leroux - which I have only read in abridged form. I'm pleased that in many ways this episode goes back to the novel rather than treading the path of the (sound) movies with their wronged composer, burned by acid. The choice to end the story rather abruptly in a way much different from the novel was the price they paid for having character development and quite a lot of detail in the early portion. Certainly I don't miss the elaborate mechanical torture chambers of the novel. And, unlike the novel, the Phantom is not allowed to simply slink off and die. Pretty good.

C.T. Montano

Detailed story, a lot of plot crammed into one episode. Inspiring opera singer takes lessons from a disembodied voice much to the chagrin of her friends and suitor. The phantom makes certain demands on the managers of the opera house and threatens to make things 'uncomfortable' if people don't comply. He dies in the end. Couldn't quite get into it. Could be because I was sorting boxes in the basement while I was listening.

Andrew Ragasa

I've never read the book and only seen parts of the most recent movie version of the story. I did enjoy the story even if they never really elaborated on parts of it, rather implying some things. Perhaps someday I'll read the original as it seems to be pretty good if they keep making new versions of it.

Alec

A beautiful rendition of the classic, Phantom of the Opera.

Gina Schackel

Another story about theater and show business without any music, audience, or any kind of background sound effects to give the impression that this story is about theater life. I don't expect "Phantom of the Opera" the musical, but something seems wrong when there is an episode about show business that don't seem to contain any sounds in the background to set the mood. Otherwise, it was fairly well done, but not one of my favorites.

Amy

I meant to say, "but something seems wrong when there is an episode about show business that DOESN'T seem to contain any sounds in the background to set the mood." Bad grammar was a typo, lol! I guess there are a few theater sound effects, but not enough, imo. Also, it would have been better if we had a chance to hear Christine sing.

Amy

Also, Carol Teitel's voice seems much too old and harsh for the part of young, innocent Christine. Her voice just doesn't fit the part, imo. (I guess they could only get whatever actress was available.)

Amy

I rate this episode ★★★★☆ for GOOD. First things first: kudos to Murray Burnett for writing the adaptation of Gaston Leroux’s horror mystery romance novel. However, a classic story such as this, should’ve extended and turn into 5 episodes, like when CBSRMT did 5 episodes for Victor Hugo’s LES MISERABLES (#1275-1279). Also, it’s mystery as to why Murray Burnett changed the names of the characters. Christine Donat’s real name was Christine Daaé. And her love interest from the past was Vicomte Raoul de Chagny, not Paul Durennes. The story does indeed capture CBSRMT fans’ attention and the title is unforgettable. Another way to title it, would be “Forbidden Love In Darkness.” Next is our Host: E.G. Marshall. He did wonderful in his narrations in the 3 Acts. However, in his Prologue, there isn’t one; the recording was cut off. And as for his Epilogue, referring the Phantom Of The Opera as a “Ghost Writer,” he should not have finished this episode up with a cheesy pun. Instead, E.G. Marshall should’ve talked about the details of Horror, Romance, and the Opera music that was part of the story. Or even discuss Gaston Leroux’s life and how he came up with the story. What I liked best, were the sound effects and music. Sounds of the applause, crowds, doors, lighting a match, haunting sounds in the cemetery, telephone ringing, Opera music, the chandelier collapsing, empty gun chambers, howling wind, crowd screaming, the key, and running up the stairs were highly exquisite. The dramatic tunes were splendid, including the mystifying track played at the 20:44 mark from THE TWILIGHT ZONE series. And what I enjoyed the most, was the cast: Gordon Gould (as Robert Grand), Court Benson (as Erik: The Phantom and Rene), Carol Teitel (as Christine Donat), and Paul Hecht (as Paul Durennes). These talented 4 were amazing, 2 in particular: Court Benson who played The Phantom with a cunning voice and Carol Teitel with her tender voice. For those that admire Murray Burnett’s work, check this episode out, but also check out his terrific adaptions of the Sherlock Holmes episodes. Until next time…pleasant dreams. =0)

Russell


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