THE chief advantage of Arthur Lubin's 1943 version of The Phantom Of The Opera (Pearl 9.35pm) is that it has no music, not by Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber anyway. It does have a Wagnerian score and an Oscar nomination for best sound. Otherwise not a straining soprano in sight. This was Universal Studio's elaborate and expensive remake of their classic 1925 silent horror film. That one starred Lon Chaney and Mary Philbin. This one has Claude Rains and Susanna Foster as the leads, with Nelson Eddy as a bonus. It is grand and gaudy entertainment. Universal spent about $11.60 million on it - a fortune at the time - and every cent is in evidence on the screen, with the original opera house set from the first film dressed up with additional and expensive wares. Yet The Phantom Of The Opera fails in the horror department, largely because of an excess of low comedy. Lubin has drained much of the fear, suspense and mystery out of Gaston Leroux's original material. Rains was fresh from what would become his most famous role - that of Captain Louis Renault in Casablanca - and brings some sense of pathos and menace to the phantom. The sparse and briefly-seen makeup of the disfigured violinist is merely serviceable; wisely, no attempt was made to duplicate or surpass Chaney's incredible visage in the original. FRANCOIS Truffaut comes within a whisker of doing full justice to the disturbing true story of Adele Hugo, daughter of France's most beloved author, Victor, in The Story Of Adele H (World, 9.35pm). Adele felt herself unable to fill the gap left in her father's heart after his favourite daughter, Leopoldine, had drowned. The result is a film that is as difficult to walk away from as it is to watch. The beautiful Isabelle Adjani received an Oscar nomination as best actress. She is aided and abetted by Bruce Robinson, playing the young English soldier who is the object of Adele's unrequited love. IN The Harvest (Pearl, 1.45am), Charlie Pope (Miguel Ferrer) takes a holiday in Mexico, is seduced on a beach by a beautiful young woman, ambushed by thugs and wakes up in hospital to find himself short of a kidney. The woman (played by Ferrer's wife, Leilani) is the key to the mystery and Ferrer sets out to find her. THE answer to the question - 'what did the Romans ever do for us?' - posed in Life Of Brian by John Cleese, lies in Lost Civilizations (Pearl, 12.50am) and includes roads, aqueducts and the post office. THOSE who believe in the prophecies of Nostradamus are able to enlighten non-believers with an impressive list of the events he predicted: the French Revolution, the fall of Napoleon, both world wars, the rise and collapse of the Third Reich, the invention of nuclear weapons, the Kennedy assassinations, men landing on the moon, the result of the third race at Sha Tin on Saturday, and so on. Nostradamus - A Voice From The Past (World, 8.35pm) examines these predictions and more - Nostradamus wrote enough in his time to take us up to the year 3797. FILMS on Cable Movie Channel: Oddball Hall (7pm). Four jewel thieves hole up in an African town, posing as members of a fraternal order called The Oddballs, and waiting to collect on a heist they pulled off years ago. A native comes along seeking their help and they mistake him for an Oddball chieftan. Simple and simple-minded farce. The only thing missing is laughs. Don Ameche, Burgess Meredith and the late Bill Maynard, British nightclub comedian extraordinaire, head the cast. Eraserhead (2.30am). Brooding cult film from enfant terrible David Lynch - this was his cinema debut and features a zombie-like misfit, his spastic girlfriend, their half-human offspring and a number of memorable nightmare sequences. Strictly for Lynch-ophiles.