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Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler (1922)
"Dr. Mabuse, der Spieler - Ein Bild der Zeit" (original title)

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Arch-criminal Dr. Mabuse sets out to make a fortune and run Berlin. Detective Wenk sets out to stop him.

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Complete credited cast:
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Aud Egede-Nissen ...
Cara Carozza, die Tänzerin
Gertrude Welcker ...
Gräfin Dusy Told (as Gertrude Welker)
Alfred Abel ...
Graf Told / Richard Fleury - US version
Bernhard Goetzke ...
Staatsanwalt von Welk / Chief Inspector Norbert von Wenck / Chief Inspector De Witt - US version
Paul Richter ...
Edgar Hull
Robert Forster-Larrinaga ...
Spoerri
Hans Adalbert Schlettow ...
Georg, the Chauffeur (as Hans Adalbert von Schlettow)
Georg John ...
Pesch
Charles Puffy ...
Hawasch (as Karl Huszar)
Grete Berger ...
Fine, a servant
Julius Falkenstein ...
Karsten
Lydia Potechina ...
Die Russin
Julius E. Herrmann ...
Emil Schramm (as Julius Herrmann)
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Julietta Brandt ...
(as Julie Brandt)
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Storyline

Dr. Mabuse and his organization of criminals are in the process of completing their latest scheme, a theft of information that will allow Mabuse to make huge profits on the stock exchange. Afterwards, Mabuse disguises himself and attends the Folies Bergères show, where Cara Carozza, the main attraction of the show, passes him information on Mabuse's next intended victim, the young millionaire Edgar Hull. Mabuse then uses psychic manipulation to lure Hull into a card game where he loses heavily. When Police Commissioner von Wenk begins an investigation of this mysterious crime spree, he has little to go on, and he needs to find someone who can help him. Written by Snow Leopard

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26 May 1922 (Germany)  »

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Dr. Mabuse, King of Crime  »

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(restored) | (part 2) | (part 1) | (part 2) | (part 1) | (video) | (Murnau Foundation restoration)

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Trivia

Fritz Lang originally wanted the actress portraying Venus to be completely nude. When the first take was completed, he didn't like how the woman's pubic hair looked, and ordered her to shave it off. The actress indignantly refused, sending Lang into a tantrum. Eventually, a compromise was reached when a small strip of cloth was draped over the offending hair. This scene was predictably removed from the revival versions that circulated throughout the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s, and has only recently been part of the film in the rare showings of the Fritz Lang archives' complete copy of Dr. Mabuse. See more »

Goofs

As Mabuse's driver gasses Von Wenk in the taxi cab, there is a brief cutaway showing Mabuse himself in the back seat instead, clearly a recycled shot from the scene before. See more »

Quotes

Staatsanwalt von Welk: [speaking on the phone:] Mabuse, surrender! We have ringed the house!
Dr. Mabuse: I feel like a state within the State. Come and get me!
Staatsanwalt von Welk: We shall be using strong means; resistance is useless!
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The police force are on the trail of Mabuse, a criminal mastermind wreaking havoc on Weimar Germany. But can they catch him before he strikes again or self-destructs?
8 May 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Fritz Lang's first masterpiece, a four & a half hour double-feature with hardly a moment wasted, has been restored to stunning effect. (WARNING: In the KINO DVD edition, you MUST lower the contrast & brightness levels to reveal the full grey scale.) On one level, this is simply a far-fetched, but smashingly entertaining detective drama about Mabuse, a criminal mastermind who shows up in more disguises than Alec Guinness in KIND HEARTS & CORONETS to counterfeit, manipulate the stock exchange, kill personal rivals, run the drug racket and generally lord it over the pursuing police force of the modern city. If Part One offers a more devastating look at the perilous world that was Weimar Germany, there's still plenty of action & schemes left for Part Two. In MABUSE, Lang manages, more than he would in METROPOLIS, to hold all the expressionist elements (design, acting, story construction) in perfect balance. The dynamism for an early '20s pic, (before the era of easy camera movement) is simply phenomenal. And where else will you find an inter-title as glorious as: 'Eat some cocaine, you weakling!'


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