Murders in the Rue Morgue

After a star-making performance in Dracula, Bela Lugosi passed up Frankenstein to star in this loose adaptation of the Edgar Allan Poe story (and boy, was he sorry). As the oily Dr. Mirakle, Lugosi presides over a live-gorilla act at a carnival in mid-19th-century Paris; by night he kidnaps young women and injects them with simian blood, a fiendish experiment whose aim was lost on me. Directed by Robert Florey, this 1932 feature turned out to be a minor entry in Universal's horror cycle, though it's a good opportunity to see Lugosi's ham still fresh from the tin. With Sidney Fox. 61 min.

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