The Resource The phantom of Paris, Loew's Inc. ; director, John S. Robertson ; dialogue, Edwin Justus Mayer and John Meehan ; continuity, Bess Meredyth, (videorecording)

The phantom of Paris, Loew's Inc. ; director, John S. Robertson ; dialogue, Edwin Justus Mayer and John Meehan ; continuity, Bess Meredyth, (videorecording)

Label
The phantom of Paris
Title
The phantom of Paris
Statement of responsibility
Loew's Inc. ; director, John S. Robertson ; dialogue, Edwin Justus Mayer and John Meehan ; continuity, Bess Meredyth
Contributor
Actor
Director
Director of photography
Film distributor
Production company
Screenwriter
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"At the Cirque de Paris, society magician and famous disappearing artist Chéri-Bibi performs his act before a well-heeled Parisian audience. While Cecile, his friend and admirer, waits in his dressing room, unable to watch the daring feat, Chéri, with his hands and legs bound, is lowered into a tank of water. The audience grows silent as the clock ticks away, and firemen wait on the sidelines, prepared to rescue the magician should he fail to emerge from the tank in time. To the audience's astonishment, Chéri makes his escape with little time to spare. Cecile lives with her wealthy but ailing father, Bourrelier, who recently added a codicil to his will specifying that if she were to marry the Marquis du Touchais, he would receive a liberal allowance from his estate. However, when Bourrelier is informed that the marquis is a nobleman, he removes the allowance clause from the will so as not to spoil the young man and allow him to live an idle life. Bourrelier informs the marquis of the change at a party at his residence, and he reacts angrily, accusing Cecile's father of favoring her upstart suitor, Chéri. Bourrelier denies the accusation and later tells Chéri personally that he will not allow him to marry his daughter. Soon after the confrontation between Chéri and Bourrelier, the aged millionaire is murdered. Police Chief Costaud immediately begins an investigation into the murder and questions the guests attending the party. When the marquis is questioned, he lies to Costaud, telling him that Bourrelier privately expressed his fears about Chéri. The magician is promptly arrested and jailed. Though extra security precautions are taken to insure that Chéri does not escape, he manages to free himself from his cell. The magician then attacks a guard, takes his clothes and walks out of the prison unnoticed. Meanwhile, Dr. Gorin, a friend of Chéri's, tells the police that Chéri could not have committed the murder. Another friend of Chéri's, Herman, hides him in the basement of his shop. When Costaud pays Herman a visit, he informs him that the marquis is dying and then searches the shop. Before the police chief can find him, Chéri flees. Having overheard the news of the marquis' impending death, Chéri sneaks into his home and persuades him to admit that he killed Bourrelier. However, the marquis dies before he is able to make the confession. Chéri quickly devises a plan to save himself by bringing the body of the marquis to Dr. Gorin and asking him to perform an operation that would make him resemble the marquis. Chéri then arranges to have his own death announced publicly. The newspapers soon tell stories of the Chéri holding the marquis prisoner before his death. Six months later, Chéri, disguised as the marquis, returns to the marquis' mansion and realizes that Cecile, now married to the marquis, has been unhappy. After Cecile tells Chéri that her love for the magician has never faltered, he reveals himself to her. No sooner does Chéri tell Cecile that he loves her than Costaud and his officers arrive to question the marquis. After fingerprinting the magician, Costaud accuses Chéri of impersonating the marquis and arrests him. Again, Chéri manages to escape, and when he returns to Cecile's house, he forces Vera, the marquis' accomplice in Bourrelier's murder, to confess his guilt. Costaud overhears Vera's confession, and Chéri is vindicated of the crime"--AFI catalog, 1931-1940
Member of
Cataloging source
NUI
Characteristic
videorecording
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/collectionName
Phantom of Paris
Credits note
Director of photography, Oliver T. Marsh; art director, Cedric Gibbons; editor, Jack Ogilvie; wardrobe, René Hubert
Dewey number
791.43/72
Intended audience
Not rated
LC call number
PN1997
LC item number
.P53 2015
PerformerNote
John Gilbert (Chéri-Bibi); Leila Hyams (Cecile); Lewis Stone (Costaud); Jean Hersholt (Herman); C. Aubrey Smith (Bourrelier); Natalie Moorhead (Vera); Ian Keith (Marquis du Touchais); Alfred Hickman (Dr. Gorin)
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
  • 1878-1964
  • 1896-1960
  • 1890-1954
  • 1897-1936
  • 1905-1977
  • 1879-1953
  • 1893-1941
  • 1868-1927
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Robertson, John S.
  • Mayer, Edwin Justus
  • Meehan, John
  • Gilbert, John
  • Hyams, Leila
  • Stone, Lewis
  • Marsh, Oliver T.
  • Leroux, Gaston
  • Loew's Incorporated
  • Warner Home Video (Firm)
Runtime
74
Series statement
Archive collection
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Leroux, Gaston
  • Escape artists
  • Social classes
Technique
live action
Label
The phantom of Paris, Loew's Inc. ; director, John S. Robertson ; dialogue, Edwin Justus Mayer and John Meehan ; continuity, Bess Meredyth, (videorecording)
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Note
  • Based on the novel Chéri-Bibi et Cécily, by Gaston Leroux, originally published in Paris in 1916
  • Credits supplied from: AFI catalog, 1931-1940
  • Originally produced as a motionpicture in 1931
Bar code
  • 31223121385190
  • 31223121385174
Carrier category
videodisc
Carrier category code
  • vd
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
black and white
Configuration of playback channels
monaural
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type code
  • tdi
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
4 3/4 in.
Dimensions
other
Extent
1 videodisc (74 min.)
Media category
video
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • v
Medium for sound
videodisc
Other control number
888574295233
Other physical details
sound, black & white
Publisher number
1000569559
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
videodisc
System control number
(OCoLC)930402306
System details
DVD, full-screen (4x3), Dolby digital mono
Video recording format
DVD
Label
The phantom of Paris, Loew's Inc. ; director, John S. Robertson ; dialogue, Edwin Justus Mayer and John Meehan ; continuity, Bess Meredyth, (videorecording)
Publication
Copyright
Note
  • Based on the novel Chéri-Bibi et Cécily, by Gaston Leroux, originally published in Paris in 1916
  • Credits supplied from: AFI catalog, 1931-1940
  • Originally produced as a motionpicture in 1931
Bar code
  • 31223121385190
  • 31223121385174
Carrier category
videodisc
Carrier category code
  • vd
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
black and white
Configuration of playback channels
monaural
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type code
  • tdi
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
4 3/4 in.
Dimensions
other
Extent
1 videodisc (74 min.)
Media category
video
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • v
Medium for sound
videodisc
Other control number
888574295233
Other physical details
sound, black & white
Publisher number
1000569559
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
videodisc
System control number
(OCoLC)930402306
System details
DVD, full-screen (4x3), Dolby digital mono
Video recording format
DVD

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