The Phantom of the Opera (found TV scenes of Hammer horror film; 1962)
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. 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. 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.
- IMDb page listing alternate versions of the film. Retrieved 03 Dec '18
- IMDb review mentioning the scene involving D'Arcy's mistress. Retrieved 03 Dec '18
- The Video Watchdog Book by Tim Lucas, Page 209. Retrieved 04 Dec '18
- The Essential Monster Movie Guide: A Century of Creature Features on Film, Tv and Video by Stephen Jones, Page 295. Retrieved 04 Dec '18
- Shout! Factory's listing of the "Collector's Edition" Blu-ray Retrieved 02 Aug '22