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Murders in the Rue Morgue (1932)

A mad scientist seeks to mingle human blood with that of an ape, and resorts to kidnapping women for his experiments.

Director:

Robert Florey

Writers:

Edgar Allan Poe (story), Robert Florey (adaptation) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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 D'Arcy Corrigan ... Morgue Keeper
Noble Johnson ... Janos The Black One
Arlene Francis ... Woman of the Streets
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Storyline

In 19th Century Paris, the maniacal Dr. Mirakle abducts young women and injects them with ape blood in an attempt to prove ape-human kinship. He constantly meets failure as the abducted women die. Medical student Pierre Dupin discovers what Mirakle is doing too late to prevent the abduction of his girlfriend Camille. Now he desperately tries to enlist the help of the police to get her back. Written by Gary Jackson <garyjack5@cogeco.ca>

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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 »


Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Danish | German

Release Date:

21 February 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Morgue utcai gyilkosságok See more »

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Budget:

$190,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Universal replaced Robert Florey from directing Frankenstein (for which Bela Lugosi did a screen test) with James Whale. Boris Karloff replaced Lugosi in the film and played the monster. As compensation Universal Pictures assigned the director and Lugosi to Murders in the Rue Morgue. See more »

Goofs

When Leon Ames is searching the bedroom, he accidentally tilts a set light flashed on a crucifix on the wall. 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?
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At the end of the film, the cast list is shown again with the heading, "A GOOD CAST IS WORTH REPEATING...." See more »


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Swan Lake Overture
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Written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
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It's a Mirakleous Performance
29 August 2000 | by BaronBl00dSee all my reviews

Having decided not to do the Frankenstein monster, Bela's next film for Universal was this rather stagey thriller about a demented doctor trying to mix the blood of an ape with a virgin. The story is a bit far-fetched, and Lugosi is as over-the-top as he can get, but for the most part the film is good, solid entertainment. The film is a bit slow, and its has no music in the background. Add to this some stoic acting on the part of the cast as a whole(Lugosi excepted of course)and some frequent, flat direction from Florey(say that a few times quickly). Florey shows flashes of brilliance(many of them coming through the magic of Karl Freund's camerawork) with scenes such as Lugosi's pitch in the carnival tent, Lugosi murdering a street prostitute, and the finale of Paris above ground. Florey is also remarkably mundane in many scenes too, adding little depth to many of the characters as well as not creating enough suspense where always needed. Florey does deliver more often than not, however. This film is a good example of the traditional Universal horror film, as well as vehicle to display the talents of one Bela Lugosi. Look for Arlene Francis(of What's My Line fame) as a prostitute tied to a cross of woodbeams(possibly one of the best sequences in the film).


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