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Phantom of the Rue Morgue (1954)

 -  Crime | Horror | Mystery  -  27 March 1954 (USA)
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After several women are murdered, the police are baffled who the suspect is. All evidence points to Dupin, but soon it becomes apparent that it is something that is stronger and more deadlier than man.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Dr. Marais
Claude Dauphin ...
Insp. Bonnard
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Jeanette
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Prof. Paul Dupin
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Yvonne (as Allyn McLerie)
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Jacques the One-Eyed
Veola Vonn ...
Arlette
Dolores Dorn ...
Camille
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Georges Brevert
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Rene the Knife-thrower
Rolfe Sedan ...
LeBon (as Rolphe Sedan)
Erin O'Brien-Moore ...
Wardrobe Woman
The Flying Zacchinis ...
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Storyline

After several women are murdered, the police are baffled who the suspect is. All evidence points to Dupin, but soon it becomes apparent that it is something that is stronger and more deadlier than man.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

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Mad passions, madder deeds in the Edgar Allan Poe chiller!

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Crime | Horror | Mystery

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27 March 1954 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Würger von Paris  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.75 : 1
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Actor Charles Gemora (Sultan the ape) suffered a heart attack during filming, and the role was completed by a stunt double in the gorilla costume. See more »

Goofs

Although set in turn-of-the-century Paris, there's a scene in the movie, when the police inspector and Paul Dupin visit the fair to watch the acrobats at work, where you can see the famous Warner Studios water tower in the background for a brief moment. See more »

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Fun, enjoyable take on the story
8 May 2013 | by (Los Angeles, Ca) – See all my reviews

As a series of strange murders plague a small area of Paris, the lack of clues force the police to team up with the prime suspect in the case to find the maniac responsible when he claims a friend's trained killer gorilla is responsible and targeting his fiancée.

This was a fairly impressive and fun effort that has a lot going for it. One of the better elements here is the fact that there's a large amount of attack scenes on the victims, which really drives this one nicely as these continuous sequences provide plenty of action, shocks as well as generating some sultry teases with the women being targeted being quite attractive overall. As the attacks are framed so the audience doesn't see the culprit, and the only times they are is when they're obscured or casting a shadow on the wall, it leaves a distinct impression, and the fun continues due to the investigation done to recreate the crime at the scene, and the evidence either way makes for some fun times overall. The fact that these investigations point to the main purpose of this one is a little troubling since they can drag on at times especially when they keep trying to pin it on the hero through flimsy circumstances that won't work in any real courtroom. The other real flaw is the romance angle that appears late in the film, which stops the film cold and comes out-of-nowhere to create a really confusing mess, though it does solve the film's murders quite nicely. Overall, this one was pretty enjoyable.

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