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Murders in the Rue Morgue (1971)





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The fourth film to explore Edgar Allan Poe's classic tale, this clever adaptation takes some rather broad liberties with the source material. A flamboyant Jason Robards plays Cesar Charron, owner of a Grand Guignol theatre in 19th-century Paris, who is launching a stage adaptation of "Murders in the Rue Morgue" -- much to the dismay of his young daughter Madeleine (Christine Kaufmann), who is tormented by nightmares filled with images from the play. A spate of gruesome murders among the theatre's regular stable of actors leads Charron to suspect the return of his deranged, disfigured former partner René Marot (Herbert Lom), who had been presumed dead after the murder of Charron's wife. Madeleine's nightmares eventually come true when Marot makes his presence known and reveals his intentions to her on the eve of the production's opening night. Director Gordon Hessler's creative handling of the dreams-vs.reality premise is rendered a bit confusing thanks to AIP's sloppy re-editing, but the overall production is still effectively chilling.more
Rating: PG
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Horror
Directed By: ,
Written By: Henry Slesar, Christopher Wicking
In Theaters:
Franco London Films


Jason Robards
as Cesar Charron
Christine Kaufmann
as Madeleine Charron
Adolfo Celi
as Inspector
José Calvo
as Hunchback
Peter Arne
as Aubert
Werner Umburg
as Theatre Manager
Dean Selmier
as Jacques
Marshall Jones
as Luigi Orsini
Rosalind Elliot
as Gabrielle
Ruth Platt
as Orsini's Assistant
Xan Das Bolas
as Orsini's Assistant
María Martín
as Mme. Adolphe
Sally Longley
as Members of Repertory...
Pamela McInnes
as Members of Repertory...
Rafael Hernández
as Members of Repertory...
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Critic Reviews for Murders in the Rue Morgue

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 10, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Seek out the 1932 film.

July 19, 2004
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Edgar Allen Poe gets no respect.

April 30, 2003
Juicy Cerebellum

September 13, 2005

Full Review… | May 24, 2003

Audience Reviews for Murders in the Rue Morgue

This supposed adaptation of the Edgar Allen Poe original story was released in 1971 and stars Jason Robards. Murders in the Rue Morgue is definitely not a straight adaptation of the original material. The only things I see present that I can remember from the original story are the presence of detectives and a large gorilla, but in this case the gorilla is a man in a suit. The story is about a theatre troupe that seems to be having bad luck when it comes to murder. One by one, they're picked off as Robards' daughter, played by Christine Kaufmann, continues to have strange dreams about the murderer as she sees a mysterious figure in cape, cowl and mask lurking about. Sounds a lot like Phantom of the Opera huh? In natural fact, it is, and not in a good way either. This movie is so appalingly stilted and boring, right down to Jason Robards' lifeless performance. He sounds like a broken record too, constantly repeating things like "This is impossible!" There isn't much good to say about the movie really, so I won't bother trying. I saw this on an MGM Double Feature DVD, and this was miles below the quality of the other film in that set.

Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer


Two very good actors, Jason Robards Jr and Lilli Palmer, are marooned in this subpar version of the Poe story. For the most part poorly adapted and acted as well as being badly dubbed this could most definitely be skipped.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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