The Phantom of the Opera (1925)
The Lon Chaney, Sr. Phantom of the Opera continues, even after a century, to amaze and enthrall us. This piece is about 1/5th scale and will dominate a shelf. Since this piece was hollow cast some areas were more fragile than others so great care was used in handling it; especially where the cape meets his pants.
The Phantom of the Opera is a 1925 American silent horror film adaptation of Gaston Leroux’s 1910 novel Le Fantôme de l’Opéra. It was directed by Rupert Julian and starred Lon Chaney, Sr in the title role of the deformed Phantom who haunts the Paris Opera House, causing murder and mayhem in an attempt to make the woman he loves a star. The movie remains most famous for Chaney’s ghastly, self-devised make-up, which was kept a studio secret until the film’s premiere.