Edgar Allan Poe's dramatic story of the horrors of Paris

Murders In The Rue Morgue
1932 | B&W | 1 Hr 01 Min | Horror | NR | Universal

Director: Robert Florey

Edgar Allan Poe (story)
Robert Florey (adaptation)

Bela Lugosi
Sidney Fox
Leon Ames

In 19th Century Paris, the maniacal Dr. Mirakle abducts young women and injects them with ape blood in an attempt to prove ape-human kinship. He constantly meets failure as the abducted women die. Medical student Pierre Dupin discovers what Mirakle is doing too late to prevent the abduction of his girlfriend Camille. Now he desperately tries to enlist the help of the police to get her back.

For the first time in years, I was able to catch Svengoolie on a Saturday night! And last nights movie made me glad I checked in. Bela Lugosi as a mad scientist with crazy eyebrows should be enough for anybody to check out this movie. But sadly running a short hour Rue Morgue left me looking for the missing 20 minutes of this flick. "Many censors cut parts of the death scenes of the woman of the streets, eliminating her stabbing and her being tied to the cross beams." per IMDB

Great Ape?
Let's talk about Robert Florey for a second, this man's craftsmen ship was amazing the use of light and camera angles had me in awe. If this movie was done today I would tell you this was like watching a love story of Tim Burton and Sam Rami! Everything just kept drawing me in more and more every scene. I could not tell you about the soundtrack if any the movie was shot so well it did not need one. I'm totally fascinated with Florey's career and just might look into the books he has read.

Also, would love to track down his later work on the Outer Limits (Moonstone) many the many episodes of the Twilight Zone (9 episodes) and Alfred Hitchcock Presents (5 episodes)  his knack for suspense as to be amazing in that format.

So with a great cast a simple story I have to say Rue Morge has sat with me all day today and could easily sit through this gem again someday. If you are looking into something light to get you ready for cooler weather this Halloween season take a look at Murders In The Rue Morge.

3 Bloody Brains out of 5


  1. Fun movie, wish the studio or someone could find and restore the parts cut out to meet the censors demands.


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