Murders in the Rue Morgue

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Very loosely based on a tale by Poe, this is a pedestrian but still highly enjoyable account of a mad scientist (Lugosi) scouring Paris for young female victims to prove his rather unusual theory of evolution: experiments involve mixing the blood of the women with that of a gorilla. The perverse and sordid sexual implications of the story are rarely made explicit, although there are a couple of genuinely unpleasant scenes. Stylistically (it's beautifully shot by Karl Freund) the whole thing owes more to The Cabinet of Dr Caligari than to Poe.

Release details

Duration: 75 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Robert Florey
Screenwriter: Tom Reed, Dale Van Every, Robert Florey, John Huston
Cast: Bela Lugosi
Sidney Fox
Leon Ames
Bert Roach
Arlene Francis
Noble Johnson
Brandon Hurst
Herman Bing
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