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The Testament of Dr. Mabuse -- (1932) Rudolph Klein Rogge, Oskar Beregi, Camilla Spira, Theodor Loos. Directed by Fritz Lang. Another horror classic. Truly one of the best 'mad doctor' movies ever made. This is the supernatural fantasy about the evil Dr. Mabuse, who terrorizes a German city. Not to be missed. From 16mm.

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Director:
Writers:
Fritz Lang (writer)
Norbert Jacques (characters)
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Release Date:
1952 (USA) See more »
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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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Also Known As:
"Das Testament des Dr. Mabuse" - Germany (original title)
"The Crimes of Dr. Mabuse" - USA (dubbed version)
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Runtime:
122 min
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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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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 »
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 Lost Highway (1997)See more »
Soundtrack:
Die Walküre (The Valkyries)See more »

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17 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Herr Lang's German SwanSong, 10 October 2005
Author: Bucs1960 from West Virginia

Fritz Lang, the greatest of directors, finished this film and fled Germany as the Third Reich was raising it's ugly head. And what a film it is!!!! Although it may be too stylized for some, it speaks volumes of what was to come in noir film making. The story is a little over the top but that only adds to the appeal.

With only limited screen time, Rudolf Klein-Rogge is just magnificent. What a face!!! I became familiar with him as Rotwang in Metropolis and have tried to view any film in which he appears. Unhappily, his presence in this film is more felt than seen but still worth the effort. He reprises the Mabuse character from the earlier "Dr. Mabuse, der Spieler" which ended with him being incarcerated in an mental hospital. This film picks up where the other left off and the scenes in the hospital with Klein-Rogge are mesmerizing.

The opening scene as a fugitive is trapped beneath the factory gives the story a kick start as the pounding of the machinery drives him (and viewers) to distraction. No dialogue is necessary.

The love story is a little weak but does not detract from the overall film. There is also a scene which fascinates.....it involves the shooting of a character at a traffic light.....fantastic.

I would recommend this films to anyone unfamiliar with Herr Lang's work. You will become a lifelong fanatic!

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