Murders In The Rue Morgue (Universal Studios, 1932)

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 Universal Studios’ first adaptation of an Edgar Allan Poe story added the character of Dr. Mirakle, a crazed scientist obsessed with proving his mad evolutionary theory, for Lugosi. Before filming Murders in the Rue Morgue both Lugosi and director Robert Florey had started preparatory work on Frankenstein. They shot a now presumed lost test reel before first Florey was replaced by James Whale and then, in unclear circumstances, Lugosi himself left the project to be replaced by Boris Karloff. It has often been reported that Murders in the Rue Morgue was offered to Lugosi as a consolation for losing the role in Frankenstein, but his participation in a version of the story had already been circulated in the press before he began work on Frankenstein. For more details of the Frankenstein saga, see Bela Lugosi Unrealised Projects.

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Production Company: Universal Studios

Producer: Carl Laemlle, Jr.

Associate Producer: E.M. Asher

Director: Robert Florey

Assistant Directors: Scott Beal, Joseph McDonough and Charles Gould

Screenplay: Ron Reed and Dale Van Every

Original Story: Edgar Allan Poe

Adaptation: Robert Florey

Additional Dialogue: John Huston

Scenario Editor: Richard Shayer

Art Director: Charles D. Hall

Set Designer: Herman Rosse

Recording Supervisor: C. Roy Hunter

Cinematography: Karl Freund

Editor: Milton Carruth

Supervising Film Editor: Maurice Pivar

Special Effects: John P. Fulton

Special Process: Frank D. Williams

Music Direction: Heinz Roemheld

Make-up: Jack P. Pierce

Technical Adviser: Howard Salemson

Running Time: 62 minutes

Copyright Number: LP2804, January 27 1932

Cast:

Sidney Fox: Mlle. Camille L’Espanaye

Bela Lugosi: Doctor Mirakle

Leon Waycoff: Piere Dupin

Bert Roach: Paul

Brandon Hurst: Prefect of Police

Noble Johnson: Janos, The Black One

D’Arcy Corrigan: Morgue keeper

Betty Ross Clarke: Mme. L’Espanaye

Arlene Francis: Woman of the streets

Edna Marion: Mignette

Charlotte Henry: Girl

Polly Ann Young: Girl

Herman Bing: Franz Odenheimer

Agostino Borgato: Alberto Montani

Harry Holman: Victor Albert Adolph Jules Hugo Louis Dupont, the landlord 

Torben Meyer: The Dane

John T. Murray: Gendarme

Dorothy Vernon: Tenant

Christian J. Frank: Gendarme

Michael Visaroff: Mirakle’s sideshow barker

Ted Billings: Sideshow spectator

Charles T. Millsfield: Bearded man at the sideshow

Monte Montague: Workman/Gendarme

Charles Gemora: Erik the ape

Joe Bonomo: Stunt double for Charles Gemora

Harrison Green: Sideshow barker

Tempe Pigott: Crone

Iron Eyes Cody: Indian at sideshow

Charlotte Henry: Sideshow spectator

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The New York Times, March 27, 1931

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Silver Screen, October, 1931

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The Spokesman-Review, December 11, 1931

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The Evening Independent, December 18, 1931

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Spokane Daily Chronicle, January 14, 1932

BELA LUGOSI TO STAR IN POE MURDER FILM

Bela Lugosi who won international fame for themselves by creating the role of Count Dracula in the first stage, to bring the character phenomenal on the screen, one of the outstanding stars of Hollywood current is. To appear next season in the production of the film thriller of Edgar Allan Poe he “Murders in the Rue Morgue.” October 20, 1884, was born in Lugos, son Baron Lugosi, the banker, went to the Performing Arts Academy of Budapest and high school Lugosi Hungary. The stage debut as his Romeo Hungary production of “Romeo and Juliet”, he was followed by three years of classic repertoire of other Shakespeare, Ibsen and 20. He said, “Camille” played Armand in the Hungarian version of the modern I speak a little English The red “Poppy, even if you do not speak more than a few words in English, to come to New York, Lugosi is, second of. He appeared in English apeaking play his first his 1925” In the past Broadway appearance was the leading role of “Arabesque”, read “cheese devil.” It was a performance of fifth as Count Dracula in “Dracula” at the Fulton Theatre and “Open House” was followed by this. In New York, after almost two years in the east, built-in music box theater in Hollywood, Los Angeles, and Lugosi played a 8 weeks at 4 weeks. Lugosi has hair dark brown eyes and dark blue weigh high 6 feet 1 inches tall, the weight of 179 pounds. He has a voice with a heavy accent on the last syllable lyrics dancers and musicians and skilled. Provides services to two and a half years, he Durinng war was lieutenant of infantry first in Hungary.

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Photoplay Magazine, February, 1932

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The Milwaukee Sentinel, February 11, 1932

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The New York Times, February 11, 1932

After Edgar Allan Poe

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“Murders in the Rue Morgue,” which was offered at the Mayfair Theatre last night, represents a collaboration between Edgar Allan Poe, Tom Reed and Dale Van Every. Poe, it would seem, contributed the title and the Messrs. Reed and Van Every thought up a story to go with it. For this synthetic blood curdler, with its crazy scientist and its shadowy ape, is not in any important respect to be confused with Poe’s ratiocinative detective story.

C. Auguste Dupin, that brilliant analyst of clues and motives, has become, if you please, a romantic medical student. Camille L’Espanaye, for whom Poe imagined such a grotesque fate, is a beautiful ingenue who keeps company with Dupin. There is a Dr. Mirakle who frowns savagely into test tubes in his laboratory near the Seine and snatches girls off the streets for his experiments. Thereafter he drops them into the river through a trapdoor, whence by a devious route they turn up in a morgue—a real nineteenth century morgue. If it is inevitable that Dr. Mirakle should eventually cast his eye upon the lovely Camille, it is also inevitable that Dupin should arrive out of the crooked Paris streets in time to rescue the lovely Camille from a fate in Dr. Mirakle’s laboratory that is at least as grotesque and certainly more absurd than Poe ever imagined. The crowning spectacle of the ape clambering over the Paris roofs with the unconscious Camille on its arm brought some irreverent squeals from last night’s audience. What it is that Bela Lugosi, who fills the rôle of Dr. Mirakle, is trying to prove with his blood tests remains to the end a matter of conjecture. The entire production suffers from an overzealous effort at terrorization, and the cast, inspired by the general hysteria, succumbs to the temptation to overact. Miss Sidney Fox and Leon Waycoff are the romantic leads and Bert Roach supplies some tepid comedy. The name of the actor who played the part of the ape is not divulged. MURDERS IN THE RUE MORGUE, an adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s story; directed by Robert Florey; a Universal Picture. At the Mayfair.  Dr. Mirakle . . . . . Bele Lugosi  Camille L’Espanaye . . . . . Sidney Fox  Pierre Dupin . . . . . Leon Waycoff  Paul . . . . . Bert Roach  Prefect of Police . . . . . Brandon Hurst  Janos, the Black One . . . . . Noble Johnson  The Morgue Keeper . . . . . D’Arcy Corrigan  The Mother . . . . . Betty Ross Clarke

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The Evening Independent, February 11, 1932

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Variety February 16, 1932

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 Photoplay March 1932

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The Spokesman-Review, March 24, 1932

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Spokane Daily Chronicle, March 26, 1932

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Ludington Daily News, March 31, 1932

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Sarasota Herald-Tribune, April 3, 1932

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Sarasota Herald-Tribune, April 4, 1932

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The Evening News, San Jose News, April 13, 1932

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The Evening News, San Jose, April 15, 1932

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Photoplay Magazine, July, 1932

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Le Film Complete Du Mardi, 1932

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Sydney Morning Herald, October 31, 1932

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The Sidney Mail, November 2nd, 1932

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The Evening Independent, January 19, 1933

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Bela Lugosi

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D’Arcy Corrigan

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Bela Lugosi and Nobel Johnson

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Charles Gemora and Bela Lugosi

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Sydney Fox, Leon Waycoff, Charles Gemora, Bela Lugosi and Nobel Johnson

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Bela Lugosi and Arlene Francis

Murders in the Rue Morgue Still 5Betty Ross Clarke and Bela Lugosi

Murders in the Rue Morgue Still 10Sydney Fox, Leon Waycoff, Charles Gemora and Bela Lugosi

Murders in the Rue Morgue Still 9Leon Waycoff (Centre)

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Bela Lugosi and Arlene Francis during filming

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