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Director:
Writers:
Edgar Allan Poe (story)
Robert Florey (adaptation)
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Release Date:
21 February 1932 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Innocent Beauty - this was her wedding eve. On the wall a shadow . . the beast was at large grinning horribly-cruelly. What was Her Fate ? See more »
Plot:
A mad scientist seeks to mingle human blood with that of an ape, and resorts to kidnapping women for his experiments. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Edgar Allan Poe Meets Bela Lugosi See more (61 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Sidney Fox ... Mlle. Camille L'Espanaye

Bela Lugosi ... Dr. Mirakle

Leon Ames ... Pierre Dupin (as Leon Waycoff)
Bert Roach ... Paul

Betty Ross Clarke ... Mme. L'Espanaye
Brandon Hurst ... Prefect of Police
D'Arcy Corrigan ... Morgue Keeper
Noble Johnson ... Janos The Black One

Arlene Francis ... Woman of the Streets
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ted Billings ... Sideshow Spectator (uncredited)
Herman Bing ... Franz Odenheimer (uncredited)
Agostino Borgato ... Alberto Montani (uncredited)

Iron Eyes Cody ... Indian at Sideshow (uncredited)
Christian J. Frank ... Gendarme Using Snuff (uncredited)
Charles Gemora ... Erik, the Gorilla (uncredited)
Harrison Greene ... Sideshow Barker (uncredited)
Charlotte Henry ... Blonde Girl in Sideshow Audience (uncredited)
Harry Holman ... Victor Albert Adolph Jules Hugo Louis Dupont, the Landlord (uncredited)
Edna Marion ... Mignette (uncredited)
Torben Meyer ... The Dane (uncredited)
Charles Millsfield ... Bearded Man at Sideshow (uncredited)
Monte Montague ... Workman / Gendarme (uncredited)
John T. Murray ... Gendarme (uncredited)
Tempe Pigott ... Crone (uncredited)
Dorothy Vernon ... Tenant (uncredited)
Michael Visaroff ... Mirakle's Sideshow Barker (uncredited)
Polly Ann Young ... Girl (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Florey 
 
Writing credits
Edgar Allan Poe (story)

Robert Florey (adaptation)

Tom Reed (screenplay) &
Dale Van Every (screenplay)

John Huston (additional dialogue)

Ethel M. Kelly  uncredited

Produced by
E.M. Asher .... associate producer
Carl Laemmle Jr. .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Karl Freund 
 
Film Editing by
Milton Carruth 
 
Art Direction by
Charles D. Hall 
 
Makeup Department
Jack P. Pierce .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Scott R. Beal .... assistant director (uncredited)
Charles S. Gould .... assistant director (uncredited)
Joseph A. McDonough .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Herman Rosse .... set designer (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
C. Roy Hunter .... recording supervisor
 
Special Effects by
John P. Fulton .... special effects
 
Stunts
Joe Bonomo .... stunt double: Charles Gemora (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Frank D. Williams .... special process photographer (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Maurice Pivar .... supervising editor
 
Music Department
Heinz Roemheld .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Carl Laemmle .... presenter
Carl Laemmle .... president: Universal Pictures Corp.
Richard Schayer .... scenario editor
Howard Salemson .... technical advisor (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
61 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording Sound System)
Certification:
Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1932) (heavily cut) | USA:Unrated

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Trivia:
The character of Pierre Dupin, played by Leon Ames, reappeared in another Poe story done by Universal, "Mystery of Marie Roget" (1942) , this time with Patric Knowles in the role (now called Paul Dupin).See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In many scenes, the close-up of a chimpanzee is used for the gorilla.See more »
Quotes:
Dr. Mirakle:[Responding to an audience member who has accused him of heresy] Heresy? Do they still burn men for heresy? Then burn me monsieur, light the fire! Do you think your little candle will outshine the flame of truth?See more »
Soundtrack:
Swan Lake OvertureSee more »

FAQ

Is the opening music the same music played in 'Dracula'?
Was Dr. Mirakle a real scientist or just a lunatic with a monkey and a knowledge of scientific jargon?
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19 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Edgar Allan Poe Meets Bela Lugosi, 19 May 2001
Author: Ron Oliver (revilorest@juno.com) from Forest Ranch, CA

A crazed scientist commits vile MURDERS IN THE RUE MORGUE to promote his theories concerning the relationship between human & ape biology.

Bela Lugosi dominates this rather fascinating little foray into terror, his mad mesmerizing eyes & theatrical gestures a natural complement to the film's Grand Guignol qualities. Listening to the world of weariness in his voice as he delivers a line like `Will my search never end?' makes only more poignant this fine actor's eventual descent into drug addicted obscurity.

Pert, pretty little Sidney Fox -she actually receives top billing over Lugosi - gives a pleasing performance as the unfortunate choice of the ape's interest (the plot is never really clear as to what, exactly, Lugosi is attempting to accomplish with his gruesome experiments). Leon Waycoff is hopeless as a romantic lead, but with an eventual name change to Leon Ames, he was to become one of Hollywood's most durable character actors.

The supporting cast is quite good: plump Bert Roach as a nervous medical student; sepulchral D'Arcy Corrigan as a sardonic morgue keeper; Arlene Francis, who has the dubious honor of featuring in one of Universal's most horrific murder scenes; and Noble Johnson, important Black actor & silent film star, here performing in whiteface (as he often did) as Lugosi's mute henchman.

Movie mavens will spot some familiar faces in unbilled roles: Harry Holman as Miss Fox's silly, obese landlord; Herman Bing, Torben Meyer & Agostino Borgato as three ear-witnesses to one of the murders; Tempe Pigott as an old crone with very bad teeth; and Charlotte Henry as a lovely young lady.

Based somewhat loosely on the classic detective story by Edgar Allan Poe, the film also owes much in plot to Leroux' The Phantom of the Opera and in style to Wiene's THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI. Karl Freund's cinematography is first rate, as is the expressionistic set design by Herman Rosse, with buildings tilted or leaning at crazed angles. The contribution of master makeup artist Jack Pierce is also evident.

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