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Mystery of Marie Roget (1942)

A detective tries to unravel the strange circumstances surrounding the death of a young actress.

Director:

Phil Rosen (as Phillip Rosen)

Writers:

Edgar Allan Poe (based on story by), Michael Jacoby (as Michel Jacoby)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Patric Knowles ... Dupin
Maria Montez ... Marie
Maria Ouspenskaya ... Mme. Roget
John Litel ... Beauvais
Edward Norris ... Marcel
Lloyd Corrigan ... Gobelin
Nell O'Day ... Camille
Frank Reicher ... Magistrate
Clyde Fillmore Clyde Fillmore ... Mons. De Luc
Paul E. Burns ... Gardner (as Paul Burns)
Norma Drury ... Madame De Luc
Charles Middleton ... Curator
William Ruhl William Ruhl ... Detective (as Bill Ruhl)
Reed Hadley ... Naval Officer
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Storyline

A detective tries to unravel the strange circumstances surrounding the death of a young actress.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 April 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Phantom of Paris See more »

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Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The 1842 Edgar Allan Poe story was a follow-up to his earlier "The Murders in the Rue Morgue." Writer Michael Jacoby ditched almost everything except the Paris setting and the title. He changed the detective's name to Paul Dupin and moved up the clock 47 years (to 1889) than the time set in the book. See more »

Quotes

M. Henri Beauvais: Dupin? You had something to do with those murders in the Rue Morgue didn't you?
Prefect Gobelin: Something to do? Monsieur, Dr. Dupin practicaly solved those murders single handed.
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Mama Dit Moi
Written by Everett Carter & Milton Rosen
Sung by Dorothy Triden, dubbing Maria Montez
(uncredited)
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Poe and Universal together again
2 January 2014 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

1942's "Mystery of Marie Roget" was not only Poe's sequel to "Murders in the Rue Morgue," but also Universal's. Leon Ames' Pierre Dupin, medical student, is now Dr. Paul Dupin, a rare leading role for the likable Patric Knowles, fresh from "The Wolf Man," the story set in 1889 Paris (1932's "Rue Morgue" was set in 1845 Paris). The nominal star, Maria Montez, on the cusp of stardom, doesn't have much of a showcase as the scheming, one-dimensional Marie Roget, who wants her younger sister Camille (Nell O'Day) dead before her 21st birthday. Missing for 10 days and presumed dead by the authorities, Marie doesn't exactly endear herself to anyone after she suddenly turns up, unwilling to divulge where she'd been; is it any surprise that she winds up murdered instead of Camille? Also from "The Wolf Man," Maria Ouspenskaya again proves a scene stealer, barking demands with a slinky leopard by her side. The low key Knowles makes a rather unorthodox detective, using forensics and grave robbing to find the proper solution (a shame there are too few suspects). The excellent supporting cast also includes John Litel, Lloyd Corrigan, Charles Middleton, Reed Hadley, and Frank Reicher. Curiously, although part of television's SHOCK! package, "Mystery of Marie Roget" never aired on Pittsburgh's Chiller Theater, but did appear on channel 11 annually during the 1980s, after CT had come to an end by Jan 1 1984.


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