Phantom of the Rue Morgue

Phantom of the Rue Morgue is a 1954 feature film directed by Roy Del Ruth (known for directing The Terror) 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".

Phantom of the Rue Morgue
Theatrical poster.
Directed byRoy Del Ruth
Produced byHenry Blanke
Written byEdgar Allan Poe (story)
Screenplay byHarold Medford
James R. Webb
Based on"The Murders in the Rue Morgue" by Edgar Allan Poe
StarringKarl Malden
Claude Dauphin
Patricia Medina
Music byDavid Buttolph
CinematographyJ. Peverell Marley
Edited byJames Moore
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
March 27, 1954
Running time
83 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$1,450,000 (USA)

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 on the same story which had formed the basis of a 1932 horror film which stars Bela Lugosi.[2]

Plot summary

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.



  1. "Phantom of the Rue Morgue". AllMovie. Retrieved 25 October 2016.
  2. "Phantom of the Rue Morgue". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 25 October 2016.
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