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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 Rolfe Sedan ... LeBon (as Rolphe Sedan)
Erin O'Brien-Moore ... Wardrobe Woman
The Flying Zacchinis The Flying Zacchinis ... Acrobatic Act
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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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Mad passions, madder deeds in the Edgar Allan Poe chiller!

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Crime | Horror | Mystery

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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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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (WarnerColor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Trivia

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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This story is set in Paris, France, which means that all signs and printed material should be in French; however, there are several signs in the English language, such as UNIVERSITY OF PARIS. See more »

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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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Originally released in a 3D dual-strip version. See more »


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Künstlerleben, Op.316
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Music by Johann Strauss
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Nice Telling of the Poe Story
31 January 2012 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Phantom of the Rue Morgue (1954)

*** (out of 4)

The police are baffled by some gruesome murders to local women and they think the case is solved when they arrest Paul Dupin (Steve Forrest). What Inspector Bonnard (Claude Dauphin) doesn't realize is that the real culprit is Dr. Marais (Karl Malden) who has trained an ape to do the killings for him. This remake of the 1932 Bela Lugosi film was Warner's follow-up to HOUSE OF WAX, their first 3-D and color horror film. Most reviews seem to be very mixed in regards to this movie and while it's not quite as good as that Vincent Price classic, I think there are enough effective moments to make it worth viewing. The one thing that really caught me off guard was how ugly and rather violent the movie was. I guess director Roy Del Ruth was wanting to go the extra mile by delivering some violent scenes and while we don't always see the violence the aftermath is on few view. There are several scenes of women badly beaten and bloody and an even more memorable scene has one wannabe hero getting thrown to his death in a violent fashion. Another memorable scene is when a model is being attacked by the killer and we see blood splash across the wall but then it's revealed to be something else. I thought the performances were also good, if nothing too special. Malden doesn't do his greatest work here but there's no question that it's fun to see someone like him in a horror movie like this. Forrest does a good job as the innocent suspect and Patricia Medina makes for a good female lead. We even get Anthony Caruso playing a creepy, one-eyed assistant. There are many flaws with this movie including the police who are downright annoying. Just watch how whenever someone is being attacked and they scream, whenever a police officer is around they simply walk to see what's going on. Had any of these guys actually ran to the scene then the murders would have been solved early on. The Technicolor is another major plus here as are the sets and costumes. PHANTOM OF THE RUE MORGUE certainly isn't a masterpiece but it's good entertainment to kill some time.


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