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Trailers from Hell: Brian Trenchard-Smith on Hammer's 'Phantom of the Opera'

Photo of Trailers From Hell By Trailers From Hell | Thompson on Hollywood January 21, 2013 at 10:55AM

Get Hammered! week begins at Trailers from Hell with director Brian Trenchard-Smith introducing the Brit horror studio's 1962 "The Phantom of the Opera."
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"Phantom of the Opera" (1962)
"Phantom of the Opera" (1962)

Get Hammered! week begins at Trailers from Hell with director Brian Trenchard-Smith introducing the Brit horror studio's 1962 "The Phantom of the Opera."

Cary Grant starring in a Hammer Film? It almost happened! After a stillborn incarnation as an in-house Universal domestic production from producer William Alland, this third film version of Gaston Leroux's warhorse finally emerged via Hammer with Herbert Lom in a very underrated performance as the benighted Phantom. When televised on NBC, the more intense sequences were replaced with added footage of Scotland Yard inspectors shot at Universal with no input from Hammer, a common network practice at the time which kicked in on both Kiss of the Vampire and Evil of Frankenstein.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.