Phantom of the Rue Morgue (1954)

USA, 1954
35mm film, Warnercolor, 3D, 1.37:1
mono (RCA Sound System), English

An American horror film directed by Roy Del Ruth.

Plot Summary

In Paris, young women are being brutally murdered and Professor Dupin is the police’s prime suspect. Dupin struggles to clear his name and discovers that the real perpetrator is something far more terrifying than anyone ever imagined.


* = uncredited

Directed by: Roy Del Ruth
Copyright MCMLIV [1954] by Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Warner Bros. Pictures presents a Warner Bros.-First National picture
Produced by: Henry Blanke
Screen Play by: Harold Medford and James R. Webb
From Edgar Allan Poe’s The Murders in the Rue Morgue
Assistant Director: Frank Mattison
Director of Photography: J. Peverell Marley
Film Editor: James Moore
Color by: WarnerColor
Print by: Technicolor
Music by: David Buttolph
Orchestrations by: Maurice De Packh
Sound by: Stanley Jones
Wardrobe by: Moss Mabry
Makeup Artist: Gordon Bau
Art Director: Bertram Tuttle
Set Decorator: William Kuehl

Karl Malden (Dr Marais)
Claude Dauphin (Bonnard)
Patricia Medina (Jeanette)
Steve Forrest (Professor Dupin)
Allyn McLerie (Yvonne)
Anthony Caruso (Jacques the One-Eyed)
Veola Vonn (Arlette, the model)
Dolores Dorn (Camille (woman in audience))
Merv Griffin (Georges Brevert)
Paul Richards (Rene the Knife-thrower)
Rolphe Sedan (LeBon)
Erin O’Brien-Moore
The Flying Zacchinis
Paul Brinegar [angry accuser in street] *
Charles Gemora [the gorilla] *
Henry Kulky [Maurice] *
Frank Lackteen, George J. Lewis [gendarmes] *

Alternative Titles

El fantasma de la calle Morgue – Spain
Le Fantôme de la Rue Morgue – Belgium (France)
Il mostro della via Morgue – Italy
Udyret fra Rue Morgue – Denmark
Der Würger von Paris – Austria, West Germany

Remake of
The Murders in the Rue Morgue (1914)
Murders in the Rue Morgue (1932)

Murders in the Rue Morgue (1971)
The Murders in the Rue Morgue (1986)

Extracts included in
Innocent Blood (1992)



  • Reference Guide to Fantastic Films by Walt Lee pp.366-367 – credits