Murders in the Rue Morgue 1971

Murders in the Rue Morgue

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In 19th-century Paris, theater impresario Cesar Charron (Jason Robards) is preparing a gruesome stage version of "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" by Edgar Allan Poe. The creepy production has given his wife, Madeleine (Christine Kaufmann), horrible nightmares. They prove to be an ominous prediction of the future when Cesar's actors start turning up dead. Cesar suspects that the murders are the work of his nemesis, René Marot (Adolfo Celi). The only problem with his theory is that Marot is dead.

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Jason Robards
Cesar Charron
Herbert Lom
Rene Marot
Christine Kaufmann
Madeleine Charron
Adolfo Celi
Inspector Vidocq
Lilli Palmer
Mrs. Charron
Michael Dunn
Pierre Triboulet
Luis Rivera
Member of Repertory Company
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Critic Reviews for Murders in the Rue Morgue

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Audience Reviews for Murders in the Rue Morgue

  • Mar 31, 2012
    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 S Super Reviewer
  • Dec 15, 2010
    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 n Super Reviewer

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