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The Climax

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Director  George Waggner
Music director  Edward Ward
5.2/10 IMDb

Genre  Horror, Musical, Thriller
Duration  
Language  English
The Climax movie poster
Writer  Curt Siodmak, Edward Locke
Release date  October 20, 1944 (1944-10-20)
Film series  Universal horror Film Series
Cast  Boris Karloff (Dr. Friedrich Hohner), Susanna Foster (Angela Klatt), Turhan Bey (Franz Munzer), Gale Sondergaard (Luise), Thomas Gomez (Count Seebruck), June Vincent (Marcellina)
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An opera-house doctor (Boris Karloff) tries to silence a soprano (Susanna Foster) who looks like one he strangled years earlier.

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The Climax movie scenes

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 Lockes play.

The Climax movie scenes Screen Shot 2014 01 29 at 3 00 46 PM

Originally intended to be a sequel to Universals 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.

A theatre physician at the Vienna Royal Theatre, is obsessed with a young star.

Plot

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.

Cast

  • Boris Karloff – Dr. Friedrich Hohner
  • Susanna Foster – Angela Klatt
  • Turhan Bey – Franz Munzer
  • Gale Sondergaard – Luise
  • Thomas Gomez – Count Seebruck
  • June Vincent – Marcellina
  • George Dolenz – Amato Roselli
  • Ludwig Stossel – Carl Baumann
  • Jane Farrar – Jarmila Vadek
  • Erno Verebes – Brunn
  • Lotte Stein – Mama Hinzl
  • Scotty Beckett – The King
  • William Edmunds – Leon – theater concierge
  • Maxwell Hayes – Count Romburg – Kings aide
  • Dorothy Lawrence – Miss Metzger
  • Production

    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 Universals set for Phantom of the Opera (1925).

    Choreography was made by Lester Horton.

    The film was also nominated for an Academy Award in 1944 for Best Art Direction (John B. Goodman, Alexander Golitzen, Russell A. Gausman, Ira Webb).

    Reception

    The Climax was a box office disappointment.

    Home Video Release

    This film, along with Night Key, Tower of London, The Strange Door and The Black Castle, was released on DVD in 2006 by Universal Studios as part of The Boris Karloff Collection.

    References

    The Climax Wikipedia
    The Climax IMDb The Climax themoviedb.org


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