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The Climax

86 min
Horror | Musical | Thriller
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George Waggner
Nominated for Oscar.
Country: USA
Release Date: 1944-10-20
Filming Locations: Universal Studios - 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, California, USA
Boris Karloff
Dr. Friedrich Hohner
Susanna Foster
Angela Klatt
Turhan Bey
Franz Munzer
Gale Sondergaard
Thomas Gomez
Count Seebruck
June Vincent
George Dolenz
Amato Roselli
Ludwig Stössel
Carl Baumann
Jane Farrar
Jarmila Vadek
Ernö Verebes
Brunn (as Erno Verebes)
Lotte Stein
Mama Hinzl
William Edmunds
Leon - theater concierge
Maxwell Hayes
Count Romburg - King's aide
Dorothy Lawrence
Miss Metzger
Ernie Adams
Man in Audience Next to Franz (uncredited)
Polly Bailey
Cleaning Woman (uncredited)
Anne Cornwall
Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Maurice Costello
Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Grace Cunard
Backstage Maid (uncredited)
William Desmond
Backstage Technician (uncredited)
Francis Ford
Backstage Attendant (uncredited)
Helen Gibson
Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Stuart Holmes
King's Consul (uncredited)
Harry Mayo
Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Eddie Polo
Stagehand (uncredited)
Barry Regan
Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Jack Richardson
Musical Conductor (uncredited)
Did you know?
This film was shot on the lavish sets created for Phantom of the Opera (1943) in an attempt to recoup the large budget of that film. The opera house set had been built for the original The Phantom of the Opera (1925) starring Lon Chaney, and this extraordinary set still exists on the Universal Studios lot. It is the oldest surviving movie set in the world.
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In the original trailer Susanna Foster, the star of Phantom of the Opera (1943), was given top billing. In the film itself, Boris Karloff is given top billing.
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Although he had been appearing in motion pictures for 25 years, this 1944 release was Boris Karloff's first film in color.
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In the rehearsal sequence in which Angela loses her voice at the sight of Dr. Hohner, she closes her mouth a split second before the playback of her voice stops.
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Dr. Hohner: You don't want to ruin that voice, do you? It isn't yours, remember? Now tell me, whose voice is it?... Tell me!
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Photos from cast
Gertrude Astor Scotty Beckett