Wednesday, October 26, 2011

More and Morgue

Are we meant to suppose that this rape
Is the work of a trained circus ape?
And that acting as pimp
for this oversexed chimp
is Lugosi, all swathed in a cape?

David Cairns

This was originally posted as a comment on Rue Pall, a limerick on Murders in the Rue Morgue (Robert Florey, 1932). Morgue starred Bela Lugosi as the sadistic sideshow sawbones, Doctor Mirakle. The rape was only implied, of course, but this was pre-code horror at its lurid best. Or is that worst?

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