Phantom of the Rue Morgue
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Phantom of the Rue Morgue is a 1954 feature film directed by Roy Del Ruth (known for directing The Terror) and starring Karl Malden and Claude Dauphin. The film is an adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe's short story "The Murders in the Rue Morgue".
|Phantom of the Rue Morgue|
|Directed by||Roy Del Ruth|
|Produced by||Henry Blanke|
|Written by||Edgar Allan Poe (story)|
|Screenplay by||Harold Medford|
James R. Webb
|Based on||"The Murders in the Rue Morgue" by Edgar Allan Poe|
|Music by||David Buttolph|
|Cinematography||J. Peverell Marley|
|Edited by||James Moore|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros.|
|March 27, 1954|
|Box office||$1,450,000 (USA)|
Warner Bros. released 3D productions during the 1950s, including the big-budget The Charge at Feather River (1953). Following another western, The Moonlighter (1953), starring Barbara Stanwyck and Fred MacMurray, the studio attempted to repeat the success they had with House of Wax the previous year. This movie was based on the same story which had formed the basis of a 1932 horror film which stars Bela Lugosi.
In France in the 1870s, a string of strange murders happen in the Rue Morgue. The authorities are baffled, but they do have one man who may have the answers, Prof. Dupin.
When Dupin is approached by the police to help, he agrees. Soon a set of suspects are found, including a sailor named Jacques and a professor named Marais, who is involved in unauthorized (and bizarre) animal experiments.
- Karl Malden as Dr. Marais
- Claude Dauphin as Insp. Bonnard
- Patricia Medina as Jeanette
- Steve Forrest as Prof. Paul Dupin
- Allyn Ann McLerie as Yvonne
- Anthony Caruso as Jacques the One-Eyed
- Veola Vonn as Arlette
- Dolores Dorn as Camille
- Merv Griffin as Georges Brevert
- Paul Richards as Rene the Knife-thrower
- Rolfe Sedan as LeBon (as Rolphe Sedan)
- Erin O'Brien-Moore as Wardrobe Woman
- Charles Gemora as Sultan, The Gorilla
- The Flying Zacchinis as Themselves