The Climax original 1944 poster
|Directed by||George Waggner|
|Produced by||George Waggner|
|Written by||Curt Siodmak
Edward Locke (play)
|Music by||Edward Ward|
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
The Climax is a horror film produced by Universal Pictures, first released in the United States in 1944. The credits state this is based on the play of the same name by Edward Locke, but the plot has little connection to Locke's play.
Originally intended to be a sequel to Universal's 1943 remake version of Phantom of the Opera, it featured new characters and a new plot. Susanna Foster was the only member of the cast to star in the new film.
The physician at the Vienna Royal Theatre, Dr. Hohner (Karloff) murders his fiancee, a prima donna, out of obsession and jealousy. Ten years later, he hears another young singer (Foster) who reminds him of the late diva, and is determined to make her sing only for him, even if it means silencing her forever.
- Boris Karloff as Dr. Friedrich Hohner
- Susanna Foster as Angela Klatt
- Turhan Bey as Franz Munzer
- Gale Sondergaard as Luise
- Thomas Gomez as Count Seebruck
- June Vincent as Marcellina
- George Dolenz as Amato Roselli
- Ludwig Stössel as Carl Baumann
- Jane Farrar as Jarmila Vadek
- Ernő Verebes as Brunn
- Lotte Stein as Mama Hinzl
- Scotty Beckett as The King
- William Edmunds as Leon, the theater concierge
- Maxwell Hayes as Count Romburg, the King's aide
- Dorothy Lawrence as Miss Metzger
The film was originally conceived as a sequel to Phantom of the Opera (1943). The Climax was made using the sets of the 1943 Phantom of the Opera, which was in turn used Universal's set for Phantom of the Opera (1925).
Choreography was made by Lester Horton.
Home Video Release
- Stephen Jacobs, Boris Karloff: More Than a Monster, Tomohawk Press 2011 p 290-291
- Scott McQueen, audio commentary on Phantom of the Opera DVD (Universal)
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