A few words about…™ Murders in the Rue Morgue (1932) – in Blu-ray

Rue Morgue is a film worthy of your attention, but the cherry on top is the overall quality of Scream Factory's release. 4 Stars

Murders in the Rue Morgue, as directed by Robert Florey, was a February 1932 release, which places its production in 1931.

Let’s put things in historical perspective at Universal at the time.

Dracula was shot in 1930, and released in February of 1931.

Frankenstein would have been produced shortly thereafter, and was released in November of 1931.

Rue Morgue was shot by the great Karl Freund, as was Dracula. Frankenstein by Arthur Edeson.

Technically, it seems that the timeline enabled Rue Morgue to be released in 1.37, while the two earlier films were the early sound 1.20.

The three films fall into running times between 61 and 75 minutes, short by today’s standards.

Rue Morgue is a film worthy of your attention, but the cherry on top is the overall quality of Scream Factory’s release. The German expressionistic sets stand out, helped along by gorgeous cinematography, herein beautifully reproduced. Overall resolution, black levels, shadow detail – everything is in its proper place, for a magnificent presentation.

No apes were harming in the production of this film. However, the ape suit was apparently reused in an episode of Whirlybirds (1957).

Image – 4.75

Audio – 5

Pass / Fail – Pass

Upgrade from DVD – Absolutely!

Highly Recommended

RAH

Published by

Robert Harris

editor,member

14 Comments

  1. Robert Harris

    No apes were harming in the production of this film. However, the ape suit was reused in an episode of Whirlybirds (1957).

    Oh my freekin’ god, I remember Whirlybirds, don’t remember the ape episode.

    Thomas T

    When I first saw the film, I had a hard time wrapping it around my head that the the young prostitute who is killed in Murders and the panelist on What's My Line? were one and the same!

    Which panelist?

  2. Watched this tonight. The sets and cinematography were excellent. I also enjoy the performances of the lovely Sidney Fox and intrigued with the wonderful actor Leon Ames. Of course Lugosi was just excellent.

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