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    The Phantom of the Opera (Universal, 1925). Title Lobby Card (11" X 14") Cast Style.
    After the tremendous success of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, the only logical choice to portray Gaston Leroux's disfigured Phantom was Lon Chaney, The Man of a Thousand Faces. Chaney would give the greatest performance of his career in this adaptation of Leroux's classic novel, and would forever be remembered for his heinous but pitiable portrayal of the murderous Erik. Of course, the film was a smash hit from the first moment of its release, and helped convince executive Carl Laemmle to produce the now-famous Universal Horror series. One of the two title card styles the studio printed for the picture, this incredible image depicts Chaney, not in makeup as the Phantom, but as he appeared in real life. Paper from this classic tale is extremely challenging to find, and this example shows light edge wear, rounded corners, a thin dust shadow at the bottom, and some foxing in the lower and left borders. The card was once folded, but has since been pressed flat with very minor touchup applied. Fine+.


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