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''The Phantom of Paris'' was based on a novel called ''Chéri-Bibi et Cécily'' by Creator/GastonLeroux, famous for ''Literature/ThePhantomOfTheOpera''. The title of this film is a ShoutOut to that book. Creator/LonChaney, star of the 1925 hit film version of ''The Phantom of the Opera'', was slated to star in this movie as well before his sudden death from cancer in 1930.

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''The Phantom of Paris'' was based on a novel called ''Chéri-Bibi et Cécily'' by Creator/GastonLeroux, famous for ''Literature/ThePhantomOfTheOpera''. The title of this film is a ShoutOut to that book. Creator/LonChaney, star of the [[Film/ThePhantomOfTheOpera1925 1925 hit film version version]] of ''The Phantom of the Opera'', was slated to star in this movie as well before his sudden death from cancer in 1930.

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* DeadGuyImpersonation: Cheri-Bibi's second idea to clear his name, after Touchais croaks: steal away with Touchais's body, get plastic surgery to make himself look like Touchais, then come back pretending to be Touchais. Everyone buys it.

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* DeadGuyImpersonation: DeadPersonImpersonation: Cheri-Bibi's second idea to clear his name, after Touchais croaks: steal away with Touchais's body, get plastic surgery to make himself look like Touchais, then come back pretending to be Touchais. Everyone buys it.



* TheGuardsMustBeCrazy: How Bibi escapes from his cell. Being the expert magician that he is, he stages a fake hanging. When the guard rushes into his cell, Bibi overpowers him.



* TheGuardsMustBeCrazy: How Bibi escapes from his cell. Being the expert magician that he is, he stages a fake hanging. When the guard rushes into his cell, Bibi overpowers him.

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* TheGuardsMustBeCrazy: How PercussivePickpocket: Cheri-Bibi does this for a parlor trick. When one loudmouth at the party doubts his skills, Bibi escapes filches his cigarette case, politely offers it back, then steals it again.
* SexyBacklessOutfit: Cecile and Vera are dressed this way whenever indoors.
* TimeSkip: Four years pass
from Bibi's escape to the latter part of the movie. He's been hiding in his cell. Being friend Herman's secret basement the expert magician that he is, he stages a fake hanging. When the guard rushes into his cell, Bibi overpowers him.whole time.



* TheXOfY: ''The Phantom of Paris'', a ShoutOut to ''The Phantom of the Opera''.

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* TheXOfY: ''The Phantom of Paris'', a ShoutOut to ''The Phantom of the Opera''.Opera''.
* YouAreNumberSix: The despair of Cheri-Bibi's arrival in jail is underlined when a gruff warden addresses him as "Prisoner number 30,968."


* DeadGuyImpersonation: Cheri-Bibi's second idea to clear his name, after Touchais croaks: steal away with Touchais's body, get plastic surgery to make himself look like Touchais, then come back pretending to be Touchais. Everyone buys it.



* EiffelTowerEffect: In the opening credits, which play out against a drawing of the Eiffel Tower and the Paris skyline.



* EscapeArtist: Cheri-Bibi's specialty. In the opening scene he does a trick where he's handcuffed and thrown into a tank of water, only to escape. A French Houdini, basically.

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* EscapeArtist: Cheri-Bibi's specialty. In the opening scene he does a trick where he's handcuffed and thrown into a tank of water, only to escape. A French Houdini, basically. This also proves useful later when he pulls off a daring escape from prison.
* ExactWords: Bibi is fond of this trope after returning in the guise of Touchais. When talking with Couchaud, who's trying to confirm Cheri-Bibi is dead, Bibi promises that he'll never see the face of Cheri-Bibi again--because of course he's had plastic surgery. When Touchais' mistress Vera is mystified by her lover's distant manner, Bibi says "My feeling for you are precisely the same as they've always been," and it's true, as he still doesn't like her.
* HighClassGlass: Touchais wears one. It helps to establish him as an arrogant jerk.
* TheGuardsMustBeCrazy: How Bibi escapes from his cell. Being the expert magician that he is, he stages a fake hanging. When the guard rushes into his cell, Bibi overpowers him.
* TranslationConvention: Lampshaded. The film opens with a poster in French advertising Cheri-Bibi's show. We then see all the words on the poster change to English, and the film continues in English from there.
* UptownGirl: Bourrelier refuses to permit his blue blood daughter to marry a common stage performer.
* TheXOfY: ''The Phantom of Paris'', a ShoutOut to ''The Phantom of the Opera''.

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''The Phantom of Paris'' is a 1931 film directed by John S. Robertson, starring Creator/JohnGilbert.

Gilbert plays Cheri-Bibi, a magician specializing in escape artist tricks. He is infatuated with Cecile, the upper-class daughter of M. Bourrelier, and she with him. Bourrelier is appalled at the thought of his high-born daughter marrying someone as common as a stage magician. Cecile is actually engaged to be married to a much more socially suitable husband, the Marquis du Touchais. However, it turns out that the Marquis has some secrets: first that he's got a mistress named Vera, and second, that he's a fortune hunter and cad.

Bourrelier refuses to let his daughter marry Cheri-Bibi, but when he finds out about Touchais' checkered past, he nixes that match too. Unfortunately for Bourrelier he doesn't tell anyone else about this before confronting Touchais. An enraged Touchais then murders him. Police inspector Couchaud, who doesn't particularly like Cheri-Bibi, makes some honest mistakes and pins the murder on him. Cheri-Bibi goes to prison under sentence of death, but escapes, and eventually sets out to clear his name.

''The Phantom of Paris'' was based on a novel called ''Chéri-Bibi et Cécily'' by Creator/GastonLeroux, famous for ''Literature/ThePhantomOfTheOpera''. The title of this film is a ShoutOut to that book. Creator/LonChaney, star of the 1925 hit film version of ''The Phantom of the Opera'', was slated to star in this movie as well before his sudden death from cancer in 1930.

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* ClarkKenting: Bibi doesn't look ''that'' much like Touchais, really, and he's also noticeably shorter. But somehow absolutely everyone, including both his wife and his mistress, are fooled.
* DoorClosesEnding: Ends with Bibi and Cecile leaving the room and closing the door behind them, after Vera's been exposed and arrested.
* EngineeredPublicConfession: Gunshots are heard outside. Vera is unpleasantly surprised to find Cheri-Bibi in her window, having apparently escaped from the police again. He badgers her until she says that she didn't kill Bourrelier, it was Touchais on his own. That's when Couchaud steps out from behind the curtain. It turns out that Couchaud decided to cut Bibi a break and give him one last chance to prove his innocence.
* EscapeArtist: Cheri-Bibi's specialty. In the opening scene he does a trick where he's handcuffed and thrown into a tank of water, only to escape. A French Houdini, basically.

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