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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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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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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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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (WarnerColor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Trivia

Since it was shot with lenses and lighting designed to accommodate the 3-D process, "flat" prints of this film (those used in theatres without 3-D projection equipment and the print from which video masters were created for television showings) had to be struck from a second generation negative. As a result, TV versions of this film have a dark and blurry quality, unlike its appearance in 3-D. 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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Alternate Versions

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


Soundtracks

Künstlerleben, Op.316
(uncredited)
Music by Johann Strauss
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More gripping than the 1932 version directed by Robert Florey...
19 August 2006 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

Although not in the same league with Warner's HOUSE OF WAX, at least this version of the Edgar Allen Poe story has some interesting ingredients that make it passable entertainment. First and foremost, the always dependable KARL MALDEN as a sinister man terrifying Paris with his ape and a pleasant supporting cast that includes CLAUDE DAUPHIN, PATRICIA MEDINA and a very young and slim MERV GRIFFIN.

David Buttolph's music adds some flavor to the improbable Poe story and the sets and costumes provide additional quality. But the basic story is so silly that none of it seems quite credible. You just have to suspend your disbelief long enough to enjoy the tale, expanded a bit from Poe's original short story with only modest returns.

STEVE FORREST, as a man wrongly accused, gives the film's most earnest performance but it's KARL MALDEN and his ape companion that you're most likely to remember.

At any rate, a vast improvement over the stilted '32 version directed by Robert Florey with a very young Leon Ames as the romantic lead and Bela Lugosi providing the only thrills.


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