THE MYSTERY OF MARIE ROGET (1942)
aka Phantom of Paris (1942)
aka El Misterio de Marie Roget
(Suspense, Black & White, 1 hr 1 min)
Universal - U.S.A.
Patric Knowles, Lloyd Corrigan, Nell O'Day, Maria Ouspenskaya, John Litel, Edward Norris, Maria Montez (As: Marie Roget)
Adapted from a story by Edgar Allan Poe which in turn was based on a real murder.
Montez stars as a Parisian music hall star of 1889 who plots to kill her younger sister O'Day. Norris knows about her scheme, but things go awry when Montez herself is murdered. Another woman is found with her face horribly mutilated. Knowles attempts to discover the identity of the phantom killer.
The song MAMA DIT MOI is the best scene of Maria in this movie (the singer Dorothy Triden dubs Montez in this part), in which she only appears in the first part because her character disappears in the crucial moment of the story.
A year later, 1943, Montez became a famous movie star and this movie had another premiere with the title of PHANTOM OF PARIS, as if it would be about a new film.
THE MISTERY OF MARIE ROGET
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