Saturday, August 12, 2017

This Day in Pop Culture for August 12

"Phantom of the Opera" opened in theaters on August 12, 1943.

Phantom of the Opera Lurks into Theaters

The spooky Universal monster movie, Phantom of the Opera, was released in theaters on this day in 1943. The musical horror film was loosely based on the novel of the same name by Gaston Leroux and the book’s first adaptation which was produced in 1925. In fact, part of the set used in the earlier film was reused for the remake. Directed by Arthur Lubin, the film starred Nelson Eddy, Susanna Foster and Claude Rains as the Phantom, althugh he wasn’t the studio’s first choice. Cesar Romero, Boris Karloff, Feodor Chaliapin, Charles Laughton and Broderick Crawford were all considered first. Unlike many of the other monster movies, this one was filmed in Technicolor. A sequel by the name of The Climax was planned but was ultimately cancelled due to complications with the script and the availability of Rains. However, the studio did produce The Climax, only it featured different characters and was not a continuation of the first movie.

 Mickey Mouse was copyrighted on August 12, 1928.

Mickey Mouse is Copyrighted

As wonderful as Mickey Mouse is, and how the Disney company would be nothing without him, Mickey was actually created as a replacement for Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. Oswald was created for, Charles Mintz who distributed  the character through Universal Studios. Under Walt’s nose, Mintz was able to hire Disney’s artists out from under him and Walt didn’t have a leg to stand on regarding the rights to Oswald. Walt finished his obligation to Mintz and began a new start with animator Ub Iwerks who helped create a new character called Mickey Mouse. The mouse was copyrighted on this day in 1928.