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The Testament of Dr. Mabuse (1933)
"Das Testament des Dr. Mabuse" (original title)

Not Rated  |   |  Crime, Horror  |  1952 (USA)
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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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Gustav Diessl ...
Rudolf Schündler ...
Oskar Höcker ...
Theo Lingen ...
Camilla Spira ...
Paul Henckels ...
Lithograph / Litographer
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Theodor Loos ...
Dr. Kramm
Hadrian Maria Netto ...
Nicolai Griforiew (as Hadrian M. Netto)
Paul Bernd ...
Erpresser / Blackmailer
Henry Pleß ...
Bulle
Adolf E. Licho ...
Dr. Hauser
Oscar Beregi Sr. ...
Prof. Dr. Baum (as Oscar Beregi)
Wera Liessem ...
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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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Crime | Horror

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1952 (USA)  »

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The Crimes of Dr. Mabuse  »

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In his autobiography "Timebends," Arthur Miller speculates that his unconscious mind picked the name "Loman" for Willy Loman, the protagonist of what many consider his greatest play, "Death of a Salesman" (1947), from the name of Kriminalkomissar Lohmann in this film. See more »

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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 »

Quotes

Kriminalkomissar Lohmann: [during a shoot-out] I'm getting fed up with this!
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Die Walküre (The Valkyries)
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The End of an Era
11 January 2001 | by (New York City, NY) – See all my reviews

This classic thriller is an allegory of the nazis early rise to power in Germany and their future intentions. Censored by the Nazis government and not seen in its full form until many years later. The Testament of Dr. Mabuse(1933) deals with the themes of free will, genius, madness, and power. The Dr. Mabuse character foreshadows the great James Bond villains of Dr. No, Goldfinger, and Ernest Blofeld. Would be the final film that director Fritz Lang would do in Germany for many years until 1960 for his final film, The 1000 Eyes of Dr. Mabuse.


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