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Phantom of the Rue Morgue (1954)

Approved | | Crime, Horror, Mystery | 27 March 1954 (USA)
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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Yvonne (as Allyn McLerie)
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Jacques the One-Eyed
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Arlette
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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 ...
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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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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)  »

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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 in 1943 which limited his screen time in the ape costume. He performed in his suit for closeups and any strenuous work was completed by a stuntman. See more »

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Several earwitnesses to the first murder claim to have heard the murderer speaking. The murderer is eventually revealed to be a gorilla, and gorillas cannot speak. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Marais: These days inspector everything is Freud or it is nothing, Freud and the labido, anything new, especialy from zoologists like myself...
Prof. Paul Dupin: ...At least has a reception here. Dr. Marais maintains that in all forms of life, from the mico to man, the killer instinct lies latent.
Dr. Marais: Held in check for most of us, but for others igniting under certain hatred, or passion, or a crowning frustration, or a total collapse of one's beliefs...
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This "Phantom" is a Scary Flick!!
28 January 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This version of "Phantom of the Rue Morgue" is far superior to the earlier Bela Lugosi version in virtually every respect! Firstly, the music score by David Buttolph adds a sinister spine tingling note that heightens the element of fright. The cast members, all of them, led by Karl Malden and the underestimated Claude Dauphin as the Inspector, move the plot along and ably hold the audience's attention as the story unfolds. The mood, the period, the locale of turn-of-the-century Paris are all re-created very well by Director Roy Del Ruth. The garish hues of Warner Color, too, heighten the imagery. Having first seen this flick more than half a century ago as a young boy, I was terrified then. Given some of what makes it to the screen these days, "Phantom" is, indeed, quite tame by comparison! Nonetheless, it is a very entertaining horror flick of the period


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