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|Jason Robards||Cesar Charron|
|Herbert Lom||Rene Marot|
|Christine Kaufmann||Madeleine Charron|
|Adolfo Celi||Inspector Vidocq|
|Lilli Palmer||Mrs. Charron|
|Michael Dunn||Pierre Triboulet|
|Marshall Jones||Luigi Orsini|
"A sigh... A gasp... A scream! Night has fallen on the Rue Morgue."
"Edgar Allen Poe's masterpiece of horror..."
"LOVE and MURDER are the two consuming passions of the Rue Morgue!"
The story revolves around a 19th century theatre troupe in Paris specializing in gory, naturalistic horror plays in the fashion of the Grand Guignol. The director, Cesar Charron (Jason Robards), is presenting Poe's "Murders in the Rue Morgue". Cesar's wife, the actress Madeline (Christine Kauffman), whose mother (Lilli Palmer) had been murdered by axe, is haunted by nightmares of an ax-wielding man. Then, suddenly, Rene Marot (Herbert Lom), a former lover of Madeline's mother thought long dead after being horribly disfigured on stage, mysteriously returns and begins murdering members and ex-members of the acting troupe, confounding the Paris police, who initially suspect Cesar.