At the height of the horror craze came this remake. Never had a "Phantom" looked better with colorful costumes and detailed sets and Claude Rains in the title role. I did think that the opera numbers were too long and dragged down the pace but I can understand why it was included since the main star is a opera singer, but I didn't feel the singing grabbed my attention and her performance is forgettable.
Technicolor's vibrancy brings everything to life, but the opera scenes are superfluous and all except the Phantom seem at times to be mere caricatures of themselves. No one but Rains has energy, and the comedy parts feel misplaced. Not to mention that during the second half the Phantom seems just a side character next to the opera house.