PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (1943)
1943, Universal, 92 min, USA, Dir: Arthur Lubin

This eerily unique, strange hybrid resulted from the unholy marriage of the Universal horror cycle with the Nelson Eddy operetta genre. The ever-mesmerizing Claude Rains is tragic Erik the Phantom, and Susanna Foster the beautiful soprano he worships. An Oscar winner for Best Color Cinematography and Art Direction.


WHO DONE IT?
1942, Universal, 75 min, USA, Dir: Erle C. Kenton

In Abbott & Costello’s first film without musical numbers, they play soda jerks pretending to be detectives in order to solve a murder. The supporting cast is unbeatable: William Bendix, Patric Knowles, Mary Wickes, Don Porter, Louise Albritton, Thomas Gomez, William Gargan, Jerome Cowan and Ludwig Stossel.


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