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Murders in the Rue Morgue (1932)




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Having missed the opportunity to direct Frankenstein for Universal, Robert Florey was offered Murders in the Rue Morgue as a consolation, whereupon he transformed a pedestrian property into a minor classic. Owing more to Cabinet of Dr. Caligari than to Edgar Allen Poe, the film stars Bela Lugosi as Doctor Mirakle (accent on the second syllable), a carnival sideshow entertainer who doubles as a mad scientist. Kidnapping prostitutes off the Paris streets, Mirakle endeavors to mix their blood with that of his pet gorilla. His experiments will forever be doomed to failure, however, until he is able to obtain the blood of a virgin -- and that's where Camille L'Espanye (Sidney Fox) comes into the picture. When Mirakle's monkey kidnaps Camille and murders her mother, suspicion immediately falls upon the girl's sweetheart, starving artist Pierre Dupin (Leon Waycoff, later known as Leon Ames). But by using the deductive skills displayed in the original story by Poe's master detective C. Auguste Dupin, our hero not only proves his innocence, but rescues the helpless heroine from Mirakle's clutches.

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Bela Lugosi
as Dr. Mirakle
Leon Waycoff [Ames]
as Pierre Dupin
Sidney Fox
as Camille L'Espanaye
Brandon Hurst
as Prefect of Police
D'Arcy Corrigan
as Morgue Keeper
Charles Gemora
as Erik the Ape
Herman Bing
as Franz Odenheimer
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Critic Reviews for Murders in the Rue Morgue

All Critics (12)

Whether as camp or as legitimately great horror... the film is awfully fun to watch.

August 21, 2014 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…
Antagony & Ecstasy

Rue Morgue disappoints because it gives us too little of Lugosi's hijinks, but its best scenes are nearly as memorable as anything that Universal produced during the era.

July 24, 2012 | Rating: 48/100 | Full Review…

It crams into its first ten minutes as much bestial subtext as King Kong

March 13, 2010 | Full Review…

A flawed, but absolutely fascinating film.

August 5, 2009 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Robert Florey's atmospheric horror tale, starring Bela Lugosi.

March 2, 2008 | Rating: 5/5

It has style.

October 8, 2006 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for Murders in the Rue Morgue

The title makes this movie sound like something exciting, but it's not. Lugosi plays a mad scientist who has a circus act where he exhibits an ape who can "talk". The ape cannot talk, he just pretends that he knows what it's saying. I'm sure the audience was asking for their money back after that. He has some crazy idea about how people are descended from apes and he wants to make people more like apes, so he kidnaps girls and murders them when his experiments don't work out. The story is stupid, the characters are stupid, I didn't care for this movie at all, I don't know why they included it in the universal monsters collection.

Aj V
Aj V

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Bela Lugosi stars as "Dr. Mirakle," a carny scientist with a trained ape and a penchant for conducting medical experiments on prostitutes, in this loose but effective adaptation of Poe's short story. It's fascinating to consider that the villain here is a foreigner with a unibrow who preaches evolution, and the "good people" he terrorizes are closeminded and casually racist. Also interesting for the bestiality subtext, and the fact that this gorilla-abducts-white-woman tale predates KING KONG.

Greg S
Greg S

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creepy... ick unibrow :P lol bela lagosi is still awsome

Morgan Salem
Morgan Salem

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