|Murders in the Rue Morgue. Courtesy: Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and United International Pictures, Australia|
Robert Florey's loose adaptation of the Edgar Allan Poe tale is a dark exploration of the relationship between human and great ape.
Evil scientist Dr Mirakle (Bela Lugosi) is conducting crude experiments in an attempt to prove the truth of Darwinian theories.
In an extraordinary finale, a maddened ape carries his female victim over the Parisian rooftops. With sets that loom over the actors and dramatic extremes of lighting, Murders in the Rue Morgue
owes much to German expressionist cinema.