The Climax
The Climax original 1944 poster
Directed by George Waggner
Produced by George Waggner
Written by Curt Siodmak
Edward Locke (play)
Starring Boris Karloff
Susanna Foster
Turhan Bey
Music by Edward Ward
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date(s) October 20, 1944
Running time 86 min.
Language English

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 a play by Edward Locke, but the plot has little connection to Locke's play. Originally intended to be a sequel to Universal's Phantom of the Opera (1943 film), 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.



The film was originally conceived as a sequel to Phantom of the Opera (1943).[1] 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).

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).


The Climax currently holds a two and a half star rating (5.3/10) on IMDb.

See alsoEdit


  1. Scott McQueen, audio commentary on Phantom of the Opera DVD (Universal)

External linksEdit

Template:George Waggner Template:Curt Siodmak

Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.