Detective

Season 2 Episode 17

The Murders In The Rue Morgue

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Aired Monday 9:30 PM Sep 01, 1968 on BBC
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The Murders In The Rue Morgue
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Inspecteur Auguste Dupin investigates a series of brutal murders carried out in locked and apparently inaccessible rooms along la rue Morgue.

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  • A fairly close version of one of the earliest of all detective stories, with the role of the narrator here taken by Edgar Allen Poe himself.

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    It is the flamboyant performance of Charles Kay as the aloof, cold-eyed, seen-more-than-he-lets-on Edgar Allen Poe which makes this episode go with a swing. As each mutilated corpse in the Rue Morgue is uncovered, Poe's recourse to his hip-flask grows more pronounced, and he's an altogether more attention-grabbing figure than the official hero of the story, the Chevalier Auguste Dupin. In this role, Edward Woodward is surprisingly subdued, as if he were aware of the low opinion of Dupin expressed by Sherlock Holmes in Conan Doyle's first story. The episode doesn't show much gore but does have moments of authentic horror, although the ape we see in the closing sequence should surely be larger.moreless

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