The Phantom of the Opera (found TV scenes of Hammer horror film; 1962)

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Phantom of opera 1962 poster.jpg

The original poster for the film.

Status: Found

Date found: 11 Aug 2020

Found by: Shout! Factory

The Phantom of the Opera is a 1962 British horror film directed by Terence Fisher, a loose adaptation of the 1910 novel Le Fantôme de l'Opéra by Gaston Leroux. The film was made by Hammer Film Productions and stars Herbert Lom as the titular Phantom, Heather Sears as Christine, Michael Gough as Lord Ambrose D'Arcy, and Edward de Souza as Harry Hunter.

When the film had its American TV premiere on NBC in the mid-1960s, new scenes were added which lengthened the film's runtime from 84 minutes to 98 minutes.[1] A subplot was created involving a pair of Scotland Yard police inspectors on the trail of the Phantom. These characters were Police Inspector Ward and Police Inspector Dawson, played by Liam Redmond and John Maddison respectively. The two looked at and discussed artifacts relating to the case that were on display at Scotland Yard's Black Museum.[2] Another new scene involved the attempted murder of the mistress of Lord Ambrose D'Arcy. None of this additional footage was shot by Hammer, nor did they have any input. It was created by Universal Studios.


The new scenes have not seen the light of day on television ever since their first run. On August 11th, 2020, Shout! Factory released a "Collector's Edition" Blu-ray which features the longer cut as a bonus feature.[3]


A deleted scene featuring Ward and Dawson talking to the wife of the stagehand.

Ward and Dawson investigating the murder of the rat catcher and interviewing a man.

A deleted scene where Lord Ambrose D'Arcy is being attacked by an unknown man and Ward and Dawson are investigating it.

A deleted scene where Ward and Dawson are talking about the attempted murder on Lord Ambrose D'Arcy.

Ward and Dawson discussing artifacts relating to the case at the Scotland Yard's Black Museum.

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