El Fantasma de la Opereta (The Phantom of the Operetta) is a 1959 Mexican film starring actor/comedian German Valdez "Tin Tan". It is a parody of The Phantom of the Opera. Taking place in (then modern) Mexico, Valdez plays a huckster who decides to produce a musical show in a supposedly haunted theater. He also tries to romance the show's main star. Suddenly he begins receiving death threats allegedly from the ghost, but he refuses to believe in them. Progressively stranger things begin happening.
Phantom of the Operetta offers examples of:
- Abhorrent Admirer: The Phantom is obsessed with the show's lead singer.
- Fake Kill Scare: Used multiple times.
- Loveable Rogue: Valdez's character. He's mostly shameless but seems to care for his love interest.
- The Musical: there are several song and dance numbers including in the finale.
- Real After All: In the end it turns out that there was a real ghost! But he only wanted to sing in peace, so he just vanishes.
- Shout-Out: to the 1943 Phantom Of The Opera film.
- "Scooby-Doo" Hoax: The Phantom turns out to be a whole gang of smugglers who were using the theater as their headquarters.
- Time Bomb: It gets confused with a clock and ends up switching hands several times.
- Wholesome Crossdresser: When the lead is kidnapped, her lover is forced to dress up and perform in her place.