Phantom of the Rue Morgue

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Phantom of the Rue Morgue
Directed by Roy Del Ruth
Produced by Henry Blanke
Written by Edgar Allan Poe
Screenplay by Harold Medford
James R. Webb
Based on The Murders in the Rue Morgue
Starring Karl Malden
Claude Dauphin
Patricia Medina
Music by David Buttolph
Cinematography J. Peverell Marley
Edited by James Moore
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release dates March 27, 1954
Running time 83 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $1,450,000 (USA)

Phantom of the Rue Morgue (1954) is a feature film directed by Roy Del Ruth and starring Karl Malden and Claude Dauphin.[1] The film is an adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe's short story The Murders in the Rue Morgue.

Warner Bros. released 3D productions during the 1950s, including the big-budget The Charge at Feather River (1953). Following another western, The Moonlighter (1953), starring Barbara Stanwyck and Fred MacMurray, the studio attempted to repeat the success they had with House of Wax the previous year. This movie was based the same story which had formed the basis of a 1932 horror film which stars Bela Lugosi.[2]

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In France in the 1870s, a string of strange murders happen in the Rue Morgue. The authorities are baffled, but they do have one man who may have the answers, Prof. Dupin.

When Dupin is approached by the police to help, he agrees. Soon a set of suspects are found, including a sailor named Jacques and a professor named Marais, who is involved in unauthorized (and bizarre) animal experiments.

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