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Director:
Writers:
Fritz Lang (writer)
Norbert Jacques (characters)
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Release Date:
1952 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Fritz Lang's Meisterwerk. Der Gewaltigste Film der Gegenwart. (Fritz Lang's masterpiece. The most tremendous film of the present.)
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Directed by
Fritz Lang 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Norbert Jacques  characters
Fritz Lang  writer
Thea von Harbou 

Produced by
Fritz Lang .... producer
Seymour Nebenzal .... producer
 
Original Music by
Hans Erdmann 
Walter Sieber (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Károly Vass  (as Karl Vash)
Fritz Arno Wagner 
 
Film Editing by
Conrad von Molo 
Lothar Wolff 
 
Art Direction by
Emil Hasler 
Karl Vollbrecht 
 
Costume Design by
Hans Kothe 
 
Makeup Department
Franz Siebert .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Wilhelm Löwenberg .... production manager
Gustav Rathje .... unit manager
 
Art Department
Walter Schulze-Mittendorff .... sculptor
 
Sound Department
Adolf Jansen .... sound
James G. Stewart .... dubbing sound (1952)
Conrad von Molo .... sound editor
 
Special Effects by
Ernst Kunstmann .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Werner Krien .... assistant camera
Walter Schulz .... gaffer
 
Editorial Department
Gregg C. Tallas .... additional editor (1952 version)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Das Testament des Dr. Mabuse" - Germany (original title)
"The Testament" - Europe (English title) (imdb display title), International (imdb display title), International (English title) (imdb display title), UK (imdb display title)
"The Crimes of Dr. Mabuse" - USA (dubbed version)
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Runtime:
122 min
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Language:
Aspect Ratio:
1.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Tobis-Klangfilm)
Certification:
Argentina:16 | Canada:G (Quebec) | Finland:K-16 (1998) | Finland:K-18 (1952) | Finland:(Banned) (1933) | Germany:(Banned) (1933-1945) | Singapore:PG | South Korea:15 (2006) | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | Sweden:(Banned) (1933-1952) | UK:12 (2003) | UK:A (1934) | USA:Not Rated | USA:TV-PG (TV rating) | West Germany:16 (nf)
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Trivia:
Fritz Lang, who was fluent in French, simultaneously shot a French-language version under the title "Le Testament du Docteur Mabuse." The German cast members who were not fluent in French were replaced with French-speaking actors. Rudolf Klein-Rogge had his dialog replaced with an early form of dubbing.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Zum Beispiel: Fritz Lang (1968)See more »
Soundtrack:
Die Walküre (The Valkyries)See more »

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18 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
The prototype thriller, 16 February 2006
Author: denmans from england

The film reads like a trainer for all the thrillers that came thereafter: The staring face reminiscent of 'Alien', the scary opening scene, which deserves to be better known, the tough but lovable cop, the haunted (literally) master criminal, the asylum, the heroine with an excuse to get her dress all wet and clingy, the Mae West look-alike, the spooky special effects, the explosions and the fires (real ones not your computer generated rubbish), the shoot out, the chase through the woods, the car chase, the high tech gadgets (using 78 vinyl!). There's even what looks like a placement add (Mercedes, during the car chase). Yes, all the thriller clichés are there but way back in 1933 they weren't clichés. Unfortunately some rather wooden acting by the heroine, Wera Liessem, who seems to be stuck in silent film mode, mars the film.

As for the political overtones, I'm not sure if these were deliberate. Lang's stories about himself were as fantastical as his films, especially the one about being offered the head of the Reich films.

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