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Phantom of the Rue Morgue (1954)

Approved | | Crime, Horror, Mystery | 27 March 1954 (USA)
When several women are found mutilated and murdered, the Paris police are baffled as to who the killer may be. All evidence points to Dupin, but soon it becomes apparent that it is someone (or something) stronger and deadlier than a human.

Director:

Roy Del Ruth

Writers:

Edgar Allan Poe (story "The Murders in the Rue Morgue"), Harold Medford (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Karl Malden ... Dr. Marais
Claude Dauphin ... Insp. Bonnard
Patricia Medina ... Jeanette
Steve Forrest ... Prof. Paul Dupin
Allyn Ann McLerie ... Yvonne (as Allyn McLerie)
Anthony Caruso ... Jacques the One-Eyed
Veola Vonn Veola Vonn ... Arlette
Dolores Dorn ... Camille
Merv Griffin ... Georges Brevert
Paul Richards ... Rene the Knife-thrower
Rolfe Sedan ... LeBon (as Rolphe Sedan)
Erin O'Brien-Moore ... Wardrobe Woman
The Flying Zacchinis The Flying Zacchinis ... Acrobatic Act
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Storyline

When several women are found mutilated and murdered, the Paris police are baffled as to who the killer may be. All evidence points to Dupin, but soon it becomes apparent that it is someone (or something) stronger and deadlier than a human.

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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Crime | Horror | Mystery

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 March 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Würger von Paris See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,450,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (WarnerColor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Trivia

To take advantage of the 3-D process in which it was originally released, throughout the film, characters and objects are thrown at the lens, move toward the camera or are quickly zoomed in on. While this may have elicited gasps and applause from 1954 movie audiences, when seeing it shown "flat" as it is on television, this becomes both intrusive and distracting. 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 »

Quotes

Dr. Marais: These days inspector everything is Freud or it is nothing, Freud and the libido, 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 micro 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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Alternate Versions

When originally released theatrically in the UK, the BBFC made cuts to secure a 'X' rating. See more »

Connections

Version of Murders in the Rue Morgue (1971) See more »

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Auprès de ma blonde ('Le Prisonnier de Hollande')
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Fun, enjoyable take on the story

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.

Today's Rating-PG: Violence.


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