Ten years after Edgar Allan Poe’s The Murders in the Rue Morgue made the big screen in 1932; The Mystery of Marie Roget finally appeared on screen in 1942. Things work much faster today in Hollywood. I know off the top of my head I can’t think which movie sequels are ten years apart anymore, I’m sure there have been some over time though. Fancy that, YouTube has a movie trailer for this Edgar Allan Poe story as well. Here is the trailer for The Mystery of Marie Roget posted by YouTube user unannounced72.
While there is no record of a Purloined Letter movie that I am familiar with, I did find a silent movie of Edgar Allan Poe’s third short detective story. For fun here are links to the silent two part feature of the Purloined Letter by the 8th Grade English class of YouTube user melvidouglas.
Edgar Allan Poe’s The Murders in the Rue Morgue made the big screen. Here is a preview of two movie trailers, forty years apart. I don’t know which movie I’d prefer seeing more, perhaps the 1932 classic black and white version with Bela Lugosi, Sidney Fox and Leon Ames would be my cup of tea. It might be as good as reading the story the first time, full of a bit of humor at the audacity of the story. The trailer was posted on YouTube by ClassicMovieTrailers.
The second known movie of The Murders in the Rue Morgue is in 1971 starring Jason Robards and Herbert Lom. A bit creepier, much like those 70′s movies are…at least when you watch them today. Here is the movie trailer posted by YouTube user professorchampy.
I shook my head in agreement during the first evening class I took for fun on detective fiction. It was no surprise to me and made perfect sense when the teacher declared that Edgar Allan Poe was the father of detective fiction. I remembered Monsieur C. Auguste Dupin and The Murders in the Rue Morgue. I confess that I was a bit bemused by the absurdity of the crimes, my first reading elicited a laugh or two or more. The vision of bodies pushed up a chimney and the difficulty to retrieve them was humorous in a way…almost like a Quentin Tarantino film. You know the one with the scenes where you don’t want to admit you laughed but hey, it is crazy funny in some way?
I can’t help but imagine that if Poe had lived longer there would have been more detective stories. Perhaps in another realm…
You can read more about the history of detective fiction visit Classic Crime Fiction. Here is a review from YouTube’s One Minute Critic (YouTube user crashsolo) on an audiobook read by David Case called Murders in the Rue Morgue & Other Stories by Edgar Allan Poe.