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During the London opening of Saint Joan , a new opera by Lord Ambrose D'Arcy, the body of a murdered stagehand swings out of the wings on a rope into full view of the terrified audience. The prima donna quits the production after the ghastly occurrence, forcing D'Arcy and producer Harry Hunter to audition for a replacement. They discover Christine Charles, a talented but unknown singer, but D'Arcy refuses to use her after she rejects his romantic advances. Shortly thereafter, Christine is abducted by a dwarf and carried to a grotto under the opera house, where she is confronted by a masked figure who offers to give her vocal training. Meanwhile, Harry has discovered that Saint Joan was actually written by an unknown composer who supposedly drowned in the Thames after suffering severe burns. Following the victim's trail, Harry finds himself in an underground sewer tunnel, which leads to Christine and her captor. Touched by the phantom's tale of D'Arcy's thievery, Harry agrees not to interfere with Christine's lessons, and a few weeks later she performs at the opera's reopening. As she takes her bow, however, the dwarf is spotted watching the performance, and in his attempt to flee, he accidentally breaks loose a heavy chandelier directly above Christine. Aware of her danger, the phantom rips off his mask, leaps to the stage, and throws Christine to safety before the chandelier kills him.