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Mystery of Marie Roget (1942)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 23 April 1942 (USA)
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

This film is supposedly a follow up to Universal's 1932 "The Murders in the Rue Morgue." In that movie, the name of the detective was also change from the original Poe short story. Leon Ames, then know as Leon Waycoff, also had also played Paul Dupin. 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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Soundtracks

Mama Dit Moi
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Written by Everett Carter & Milton Rosen
Sung by Dorothy Triden, dubbing Maria Montez
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Excitement trumps fidelity
20 November 2008 | by gerdeen-1See all my reviews

Edgar Allan Poe's three tales of Paris crime-solver C. Auguste Dupin are considered the first detective stories. "The Mystery of Marie Roget" is the least known of the three, and by far the dullest, but it has the distinction of being the first "ripped from the headlines" whodunit. Based on the unsolved murder of a minor New York celebrity named Mary Rogers, "Marie Roget" was a thinly fictionalized essay on the facts of that case and the newspapers' theories about it. (How thinly fictionalized was it? Poe even added footnotes to remind readers that he was actually talking about Mary Rogers!) There are plenty of colorful theories about why Poe came up with such a vague, confusing solution to the mystery, but he probably just didn't want to be proved wrong if the real crime was ever solved.

Any "Marie Roget" movie true to the original material would attract mostly scholars, literary buffs and insomniacs, but fortunately this film throws in elements from other Poe stories to liven things up. It also has Dupin do something a bit more exciting than sit in an armchair and deliver a lecture. He's called "Paul Dupin" here, but as Marie Roget might say, "Just call me Mary."


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