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hen Phantom premiered in 1925, the film had an orchestral score, color sequences - including the famous technicolor Bal Masque de l'Opera sequences - fantastic sets and costumes, and spectacles like "The wild rush of infuriated thousands - tearing through the flooded labyrinths of terror - in frenzied pursuit of the Phantom!"
Wits of the '20s had a joke, when someone was about to squash a bug, the gibe was "Don't step on it - it might be Lon Chaney." That image has lasted; Chaney is now remembered for his grotesqueness - armless men, twisted cripples, hunchbacks - but he began as a gangster.
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