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

Phantom of the Rue Morgue is a 1954 American mystery horror film directed by Roy Del Ruth and starring Karl Malden, Claude Dauphin and Patricia Medina.[1] The film is an adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe's 1841 short story The Murders in the Rue Morgue.[2]

Warner Bros. released several 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.[3]


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 24 November 2020.
  2. ^ Palmer p.55
  3. ^ "Phantom of the Rue Morgue". Turner Classic Movies. Archived from the original on 26 October 2016. Retrieved 25 October 2016.