Murders in the Rue Morgue (1971)




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The 1971 Murders in the Rue Morgue has even less to do with the Edgar Allan Poe original than its 1932 and 1954 predecessors. The film is largely set in a Grand Guignol theatre, where entrepreneur Jason Robards Jr. stages a nightly horror play inspired by the Poe story. Robards' daughter Christine Kaufmann, the theater's star actress, is haunted by dreams of a gorilla swooping down to attack her. It is revealed that, as a child, Kaufmann was witness to the murder of her mother (Lilli Palmer) by Robards' ex-partner Herbert Lom. But was Lom the guilty party? You'll find out in Murders in the Rue Morgue's stylishly gory climax.
Horror , Mystery & Suspense
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Franco London Films

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

All Critics (5)

"It's a very loose version of Poe's book.

Full Review… | April 16, 2016
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Jason Robards handles the central role of the acting troupe's impresario/leading man, and never before or since has this two-time Oscar winner been so wretchedly miscast.

Full Review… | April 9, 2016
Creative Loafing

Seek out the 1932 film.

July 19, 2004
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Edgar Allen Poe gets no respect.

April 29, 2003
Juicy Cerebellum

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September 13, 2005

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
Tim Salmons

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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
jay nixon

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