Phantom of Paris, The (1931): John Robertson’s Pre-Code Drama, Starring John Gilbert

From the ArchivesJohn S. Robertson directed The Phantom of Paris, a pre-Code drama, starring John Gilbert and Leila Hyams.

Written by Bess Meredyth, Edwin Justus Mayer and John Meehan, it is based on the 1913 novel Chéri-Bibi et Cécily by Gaston Leroux.

Cheri-Bibi (Gilbert), an escape artist, is wrongly imprisoned for murdering the wealthy father of his admirer Cecile.

The real murderer is Cecile’s fiancé, so how will Bibi escape his death sentence and win back Cecile?

The film was released on September 12, 1931, by MGM.

John Gilbert as Chéri-Bibi
Leila Hyams as Cecile
Lewis Stone as Costaud
Jean Hersholt as Herman
C. Aubrey Smith as Bourrelier
Natalie Moorhead as Vera
Ian Keith as Marquis Du Touchais
Alfred Hickman as Dr. Gorin
Claude King as Attorney