Murders In The Rue Morgue

  • 1932
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Horror

Universal's third foray into the horror realm (DRACULA and FRANKENSTEIN came before it), MURDERS IN THE RUE MORGUE was one of the first films to exploit the name of Edgar Allan Poe. Discarding everything but the gorilla and the title, it stars Lugosi as a crazed scientist obsessed with creating a bride for his pet ape. His experiments involve kidnaping...read more

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Universal's third foray into the horror realm (DRACULA and FRANKENSTEIN came before it), MURDERS IN THE RUE MORGUE was one of the first films to exploit the name of Edgar Allan Poe. Discarding everything but the gorilla and the title, it stars Lugosi as a crazed scientist obsessed with

creating a bride for his pet ape. His experiments involve kidnaping young women, tying them up, and injecting them with an ape-blood serum that few survive. Lugosi disposes of his failures in the river, where the bodies are found by the confused police. Lugosi also runs a sideshow with his ape to

raise money for his experiments. It is there that the gorilla sees pretty young medical student Fox, with whom he immediately falls in love. When Fox will have nothing to do with either Lugosi or the ape, the mad doctor sends his simian friend to kidnap her. But when the ape sees that Lugosi is

about to inject her with his serum, he breaks the doctor's neck and takes off with the girl (even the ape knows Lugosi is a failure as a scientist). Waycoff catches up with the ape, however, and after a harrowing roof-top chase, he shoots the ape and saves the girl. MURDERS IN THE RUE MORGUE

doesn't hold up well at all, and is slow-moving and dull compared with DRACULA and FRANKENSTEIN, despite director Florey's fairly interesting visuals. After refusing to allow Florey to direct FRANKENSTEIN, Universal dropped George Melford from this project and assigned it to Florey. It wasn't an

easy task, however; he had to fight to keep the film a period piece (it was set in 1840, but the studio wanted to update it). The studio gave in, but cut the budget by $40,000. Florey walked off the set, but was coaxed back when Universal waved an additional $10,000 in front of his face. Even then

the problems continued, with the final version somewhat re-edited from Florey's original conception. The story was later filmed in 3-D as PHANTOM OF THE RUE MORGUE, with Karl Malden in the lead role. Again, Gemora handled the task of sweating it out in the ape costume.

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