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The Testament of Dr. Mabuse (1933)

Das Testament des Dr. Mabuse (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime | 1952 (USA)
A new crime wave grips the city and all clues seem to lead to the nefarious Dr. Mabuse, even though he has been imprisoned in a mental asylum for nearly a decade.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gustav Diessl ...
Rudolf Schündler ...
Oskar Höcker ...
Camilla Spira ...
Lithograph / Litographer
Theodor Loos ...
Dr. Kramm
Hadrian Maria Netto ...
Nicolai Griforiew (as Hadrian M. Netto)
Paul Bernd ...
Erpresser / Blackmailer
Henry Pleß ...
Adolf E. Licho ...
Dr. Hauser
Oscar Beregi Sr. ...
Prof. Dr. Baum (as Oscar Beregi)
Wera Liessem ...


Berlin police inspector Lohmann investigates a case, in which all clues lead to a man, who's in a hospital for mental illnesses for since many years - Dr. Mabuse. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Fritz Lang's Meisterwerk. Der Gewaltigste Film der Gegenwart. (Fritz Lang's masterpiece. The most tremendous film of the present.)




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The Crimes of Dr. Mabuse  »

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The 2008 film The Dark Knight features a version of The Joker inspired by Mabuse. Throughout the film, the character recites monologues promoting chaos & disorder which borrow heavily from Mabuse's own in 1933's The Testament of Dr. Mabuse. Director Christopher Nolan has stated: "I think I made Jonah (Nolan's brother) watch Fritz Lang's Dr. Mabuse prior to writing the Joker. See more »


Hofmeister supposedly scratches Mabuse's name in a window pane of his apartment with a ring, but Hofmeister is not wearing any rings when Division 2-B enter his apartment. See more »


[first lines]
Inspector Lohmann: "Magic Fire Music," old man.
Inspector Lohmann: You know that one, Müller? That's from "Die Walküre". Those are the girls who carry dead police inspectors directly up to heaven from the Alexanderplatz with a "Hey ho." On horseback.
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Referenced in Der Fall Metropolis (2003) See more »


Die Walküre (The Valkyries)
(1856) (uncredited)
Written by Richard Wagner
Portion hummed by Klaus Pohl
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The most timely film I saw in 2001!
13 March 2002 | by (Seattle, WA) – See all my reviews

Fritz Lang's last German film was was a warning shot over the bow regarding where the world was headed. He was right, and he was run out of Germany.

Everyone should be forced to watch this wonderful film. Not only is the film making incredible for the time - it is incredible period. And talk about suspenseful. I was glued to my seat and I never looked at my watch. A real testament these days, as I often find myself looking at my watch several times when watching recent Hollywood fare. Fritz Lang was brilliant!

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