Ty Burr
November 30, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Murders in the Rue Morgue

type
TV Show
Current Status
In Season
performer
Rebecca De Mornay, George C. Scott, Ian McShane
distributor
Vidmark
genre
Crime, Thriller

We gave it an D

Of the many film versions of Edgar Allan Poe’s classic mystery story, this 1986 made-for-TV adaptation sticks closest to the original. Big mistake. In The Murders in the Rue Morgue George C. Scott brings his usual wonky line readings to the part of C. Auguste Dupin (a major influence on Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes), but the tale as written is primarily an intellectual puzzle, and this Classics Illustrated telling is ho-hum in the extreme. Better to stick with Gordon Hessler’s 1971 version (Lightning Video): It chucks Poe’s plot out the window, but the results are at least entertaining. D

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