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Phantom of the Rue Morgue (1954)

Approved | | Crime, Horror, Mystery | 27 March 1954 (USA)
When several women are found mutilated and murdered, the Paris police are baffled as to who the killer may be. All evidence points to Dupin, but soon it becomes apparent that it is someone (or something) stronger and deadlier than a human.


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Edgar Allan Poe (story "The Murders in the Rue Morgue"), Harold Medford (screenplay) | 1 more credit »


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Complete credited cast:
Karl Malden ... Dr. Marais
Claude Dauphin ... Insp. Bonnard
Patricia Medina ... Jeanette
Steve Forrest ... Prof. Paul Dupin
Allyn Ann McLerie ... Yvonne (as Allyn McLerie)
Anthony Caruso ... Jacques the One-Eyed
Veola Vonn Veola Vonn ... Arlette
Dolores Dorn ... Camille
Merv Griffin ... Georges Brevert
Paul Richards ... Rene the Knife-thrower
Rolfe Sedan ... LeBon (as Rolphe Sedan)
Erin O'Brien-Moore ... Wardrobe Woman
The Flying Zacchinis The Flying Zacchinis ... Acrobatic Act


When several women are found mutilated and murdered, the Paris police are baffled as to who the killer may be. All evidence points to Dupin, but soon it becomes apparent that it is someone (or something) stronger and deadlier than a human.

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Mad passions, madder deeds in the Edgar Allan Poe chiller!


Crime | Horror | Mystery


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Release Date:

27 March 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Würger von Paris See more »


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Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)


Color (WarnerColor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Did You Know?


When told that he'd been cast in this film as a student studying at the Sorbonne, Merv Griffin supposedly remarked: "Me, playing a Frenchman, with my night-train-to-Dublin puss?!?" See more »


When Sultan is holding Jeanette in the tree, he goes from holding her over his shoulder to under his arm three times within a minute. See more »


Dr. Marais: These days inspector everything is Freud or it is nothing, Freud and the libido, anything new, especialy from zoologists like myself...
Prof. Paul Dupin: ...At least has a reception here. Dr. Marais maintains that in all forms of life, from the micro to man, the killer instinct lies latent.
Dr. Marais: Held in check for most of us, but for others igniting under certain hatred, or passion, or a crowning frustration, or a total collapse of one's beliefs...
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Alternate Versions

Originally released in a 3D dual-strip version. See more »


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Phantom of the Rue Morgue
15 December 2007 | by mhrabovsky6912See all my reviews

A top notch horror thriller for it's time when it was released in the 1950s.....not a slasher film, those types of movies were not even considered during that time period....story concerns some very brutal murders of beautiful young women in and around some Paris France nightclubs in the very early 1900s....women are mutilated and the local gendarmes (police) are mystified....how could they be so badly beat up and decimated....the local police question everyone and the local inspector pays too much attention looking for suspects at the local college.....no clues are to be found.... finally after another gruesome murder a local student is implicated since he was near the area looking for the murderer himself...the local cops are very anxious to pin the murder on the student since they have no other suspects and the heat is on to find the killer (s). After some serious head scratching the student, Steve Forrest puts two and two together and figures that no man could be physically capable of crashing through glass ceilings and mutilating and stuffing corpses up a chimney and severing limbs....the evidence points to an animal such as a gorilla...naturally the local gendarmes do not believe it a first. After the gorilla escapes from his local pen at the zoo and murders again, police have to release Forrest from custody. Evidence points to the local zoo and its curator Professor Marais (Karl Malden) Police quickly rush to the zoo to find the ape carrying around another potential victim, the fiancé of Forrest. The cops kill the gorilla and in a somewhat funny scene the ape lands on Malden and gives him a Mike Tyson working over...ugh!! This film was released in 3D in 1954 during a period when Hollywood was trying to figure out how to keep its audiences away from television.....3D was a silly gimmick that gave a few thrills by wearing plastic glasses to enlarge and somewhat make more believable the image on the screen...it looked like the image was coming right at the viewer more explicitly than in regular format. All in all this is a good, decent horror thriller for it's time...the music composed by David Buttolph is pretty good and adds a touch to the mystery. The guy in the gorilla costume is very believable and you feel almost compassionate seeing the gorilla in his cage responding to affection from the fiancé of Forrest. Decent little thriller.

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