A person is a fool to become a writer. His only compensation is absolute freedom.
~ Roald Dahl
Visit with Roald Dahl’s wife and Director Wes Anderson as he talks about his stay at Roald Dahls’s Buckinghamshire home. Anderson was inspired by his visits and if you’ve seen the Fantastic Mr. Fox movie, you can see traces of Roald Dahl.
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.