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The Climax (1944) was a Horror - Musical Film directed by George Waggner and produced by George Waggner.


The house physician of Vienna's Royal Theater falls madly in love with their newest diva, only to murder her when success threatens to take her away. Years later, when another new star arrives with an identical voice, her young boyfriend and the doctor vie over the young soprano's fate. An unusual Technicolor creeper.

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Academy Awards 1944 --- Ceremony Number 17 (source: AMPAS)

Best Art DirectionArt Direction: John B. Goodman, Alexander Golitzen; Interior Decoration: Russell A. Gausman, Ira Nominated

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The Climax (1944)

By Beatrice on Dec 10, 2014 From Flickers in Time

The Climax Directed by George Waggner Written by Curt Siodmak and Lynn Starling from a play by Edward Locke 1944/USA Universal Pictures First viewing/Netflix rental Angela: Marcellina’s! In 1944 as now, a sequel seemed to be the quickest shortcut to success. ?Universal must have thought, ... Read full article

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Dr. Hohner: You don't want to ruin that voice, do you? It isn't yours, remember? Now tell me, whose voice is it?... Tell me!
Angela: Marcellina's!

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In the original trailer Susanna Foster, the star of Phantom of the Opera, was given top billing. In the film itself, Boris Karloff is given top billing.
This film was shot on the lavish sets created for Phantom of the Opera in an attempt to recoup the large budget of that film. The opera house set had been built for the original The Phantom of the Opera starring Lon Chaney, and this extraordinary set still exists on the Universal Studios lot. It is the oldest surviving movie set in the world.
Although he had been appearing in motion pictures for 25 years, this 1944 release was Boris Karloff's first film in color.
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