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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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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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Alas, poor Edgar...and poor C. Auguste D..... See more (58 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
 
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:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording Sound System)
Certification:
Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1932) (heavily cut) | USA:Unrated

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Trivia:
Part of the original Shock Theater package of 52 Universal titles released to television in 1957, followed a year later by Son of Shock, which added 20 more features.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 »
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Does Dr. Mirakle actually speak Erik's language?
Was Eric played by a real ape?
Is the opening music the same music played in 'Dracula'?
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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Alas, poor Edgar...and poor C. Auguste D....., 26 August 2006
Author: theowinthrop from United States

It's a bearable film. It has some nice atmospheric effects due to Karl Freund. The scene of the duel between Arlene Francis' two "Johns" or lovers or whatever is stylized to look like two men slowly draining each other of life, until they stab each other to death. But such moments are rare ones. The screenplay is horrible. And that does not mean that it is horrible in the sense that it will benefit a "horror" film.

Edgar Allen Poe, like most 19th Century writers, constructed his stories to be read - he was good at descriptions, but he was better at mood, particularly by his brilliant ear for words and language. Like in his short story "THE TELL-TALE HEART", where he makes the words force the reader into hearing the beat of a hidden heart. His story THE MURDERS IN THE RUE MORGUE was the first of a trilogy about an amateur reasoner who aids the police (a prototype for Sherlock Holmes) named C. Auguste Dupin. The tales were Poe's way of showing off his high intellect by inventing his version of Conan Doyle's "deductive reasoning" ("ratiocination").

I won't go into the exact plot, except that it does deal with murders carried out by a non-human agent. It has nothing to do with Pre-Darwinian evolutionary crap, like that supposedly being pursued by Bela Lugosi's "Dr. Mirakle" (a name stolen from E.T.A. Hoffman's odd tales, or at least from the Offenbach opera). As such, although it would be really hard to believe such a tragedy could happen in a suburb of a major city, it is a fascinating story. But most of Poe's best stories are just that, fascinating.

Aside from Freund's cinematography, Lugosi's acting (it is one of his best roles actually), and some curiosity about the fake gorilla, there is not much going for this film. Leon Waycoff (as pointed out on this thread) later achieved acting success in less heated roles at MGM like in MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS and YOLANDA AND THE THIEF. But he was Leon Ames then, and as such he is remembered. Sidney Fox was pushed in the early talkie period, but petered out, and died a forgotten suicide in 1945. Oddly enough, if you are into criminal history, her name has a sinister position. A young man named Sidney Fox murdered his mother in an English hotel in 1930, trying to cover it up as death by misadventure in a fire. For every true crime fan who recalls that Sidney Fox there are not that many film fans who recall the other one.

Finally a comment about the director. Robert Florey had a long career in film and movie direction, and is best recalled for being the director of the first Marx Brother comedy (or co-director) THE COCOANUTS. Groucho was dismissive of Florey, because he was French and seemed at sea dealing with the brothers, but their first film is among their best - and dealing with Groucho and his three siblings was quite difficult. Even Leo McCarey had problems with them. In the early sound period, Florey appears to have directed some of the French language movies that came out of Hollywood. Even someone with a language problem could be still useful. Unfortunately, whatever strengths Florey developed as a director are not obvious from this film.

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