The Climax 1944

Scene from The Climax 1944 with Boris Karloff and Susanna Foster
Scene from The Climax 1944 with Boris Karloff and Susanna Foster

The Climax 1944 was Boris Karloff’s first film in technicolor!

Released date: 20 October 1944
Director: George Waggner
Cast: Boris Karloff, Susanna Foster, Turhan Bey, Gale Sondergaard, Thomas Gomez, June Vincent, George Dolenz, Ludwig Stössel, Jane Farrar, Ernő Verebes, Lotte Stein, Scotty Beckett, William Edmunds, Maxwell Hayes, Dorothy Lawrence, Francis Ford
Studio: Universal Pictures
Country: United States

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About The Climax 1944

  • The Climax 1944 used the sets from The Phantom of the Opera 1943, which starred Claude Rains. The sets had a longer history than that though – they were the original staging created for Universal’s The Phantom of the Opera 1925, which starred Lon Chaney Sr.
  • The Climax 1944 was Boris Karloff’s first colour film, despite having appeared in movies for a quarter century.
  • Originally conceived as a sequel to The Phantom of the Opera 1943, The Climax 1944 shares a similar story to Gaston Leroux’s tale.
  • Susanna Foster was the only original actor to return from the 1943 Phantom film and was given top billing in the original trailer. However, Karloff tops the bill in the screen credits in The Climax.
  • Susanna Foster apparently didn’t like working with Boris Karloff, who she felt was difficult to work with. She described him as an “arrogant bore”.

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