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Moord in de Rue Morgue (1954)

Phantom of the Rue Morgue (original title)
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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Crime | Horror | Mystery

Certificate:

18 | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 March 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Moord in de Rue Morgue 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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (WarnerColor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Trivia

When told that he'd been cast in this film as a student studying at the Sorbonne, Merv Griffin supposedly remarked: "Me, playing a Frenchman, with my night-train-to-Dublin puss?!?" See more »

Goofs

The opening scene features colored latex balloons, which didn't appear until the 1930's, several years after the setting of the film. 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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Soundtracks

Künstlerleben, Op.316
(uncredited)
Music by Johann Strauss
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This "Phantom" is a Scary Flick!!
28 January 2012 | by DS3520See all my reviews

This version of "Phantom of the Rue Morgue" is far superior to the earlier Bela Lugosi version in virtually every respect! Firstly, the music score by David Buttolph adds a sinister spine tingling note that heightens the element of fright. The cast members, all of them, led by Karl Malden and the underestimated Claude Dauphin as the Inspector, move the plot along and ably hold the audience's attention as the story unfolds. The mood, the period, the locale of turn-of-the-century Paris are all re-created very well by Director Roy Del Ruth. The garish hues of Warner Color, too, heighten the imagery. Having first seen this flick more than half a century ago as a young boy, I was terrified then. Given some of what makes it to the screen these days, "Phantom" is, indeed, quite tame by comparison! Nonetheless, it is a very entertaining horror flick of the period


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