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Face of the Frog (1959)
"Der Frosch mit der Maske" (original title)

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Both Scotland Yard and an amateur American sleuth are tracking a master criminal known as The Frog. This moniker refers to the bulging-eyed mask worn by the evildoer, and is reflected by ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joachim Fuchsberger ...
Richard Gordon
Elfie von Kalckreuth ...
Ella Bennet (as Eva Anthes)
Jochen Brockmann ...
Carl Lange ...
John Bennet (as Karl Lange)
Dieter Eppler ...
Joshua Broad
Eva Pflug ...
Lolita
Walter Wilz ...
Ray Bennet
Fritz Rasp ...
Ezra Maitland
Erwin Strahl ...
Sergeant Balder aka Nummer 7 (German version) / Sergeant Barclay aka Number 7 (English version)
Ernst Fritz Fürbringer ...
Sir Archibald (as Ernst W. Fürbringer)
Eddi Arent ...
James
Ulrich Beiger ...
Everett
Reinhard Kolldehoff ...
Lew Brady
Michel Hildesheim ...
Mills
Charlotte Scheier-Herold ...
Lady Maggie Farnsworth (German version) / Lady Aubrid Farnsworth (English version)
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Both Scotland Yard and an amateur American sleuth are tracking a master criminal known as The Frog. This moniker refers to the bulging-eyed mask worn by the evildoer, and is reflected by the frog icons painfully tatooed onto the forearms of his henchmen. The trail leads to the country manor of an enigmatic, steely-eyed nabob, whose repressed son has eyes for the artistes at the Lolita cabaret, and whose lovely daughter captures the fancy of both the American playboy and the villain himself. Murder, kidnapping and seduction ensue. Written by GoblinHairedGuy

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The idea of creating a German Edgar Wallace-Adaption for the screen came to 'Walfried Barthel', then head of Constantin Film, and Constantin's scenario editor Gerhard F. Hummel after a private screening of Guy Hamilton's film of The Ringer (1952). See more »

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About 14 minutes into the film a street sign with directions to London and Salisbury is shown. Salisbury is mis-spelled "Sallisbury". See more »

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Nachts im Nebel an der Themse
Music by Karl Bette
Text by Theo Maria Werner (as Theo M. Werner) and Hans Billian
Performed by Eva Pflug (dubbed by unknown)
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Ruthless leader of a criminal gang, the Frog, is tracked down by an inspector and an amateur
30 July 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Face of the Frog" is a German-made Krimi, loosely based on the Edgar Wallace work. As is customary in movies, many changes are made from the original. The movie is to be judged on its own merits.

Krimis appear on the lists of some film noir collectors, and I was curious enough to obtain a few of them. I would not say that this has a film noir feel, although there is photography that they share, indeed so much of it that maybe that's enough to qualify it as noir. It's a mystery-detective story with pervasive humor and restrained romance mixed in, but it is not over-the-top or slapstick humor. It is more cutting or biting type. The music is on the whimsical side, which lightens the entire movie considerably and balances the more serious matters and any violence. The movie seems to be an early indication of the lighter touch that was to come in the 60s. The music of Willy Mattes plays a considerable lightening role right from the first clarinet trill. It is jazz-influenced and has been imitated in a TV series like Batman and Robin.

The characters are well drawn. The acting is faultless. In fact, a number of the actors are quite memorable and effective. The overall effect is one of originality and a fresh take on the mystery genre.

The sarcastic Scotland Yard inspector is well-played by Siegfried Lowitz. Eva Pflug makes an impression as Lolita, a night club chanteuse who sexily and beautifully puts across the song "Nachts im Nebel an der Thamse". Handsome, smooth and intelligent Joachim Fuchsberger plays the amateur detective, and his love interest is Elfie von Kalchreuth. His character has technical skills that come in handy. Fuchsberger appears in other krimis as do other cast members, who form an acting company. Walter Wilz plays von Kalchreuth's brother. He falls for Lolita and ends up framed for murder by the Frog. His father is the stern Carl Lange, who definitely makes an impression. Another impressive supporting actor is Reinhard Kolldehoff, who manages the Lolita club and works for the Frog. Fuchsberger has a butler and comic assistant played by Eddi Arentt (an extra t added to avoid the imposition of an unwanted apostrophe by IMDb's automatic editor), another krimi regular. Then there is Fritz Rasp, whose acting credentials go back into the 20s and include "Metropolis", "Spies", and later "The Three Penny Opera".

Add in the suspense involved in the Frog's criminal exploits, his attempt to gather von Kalchreuth for himself, and the attempts to catch him by the police and Fuchsberger, and you have quite an entertaining package. The impressive black and white cinematography, a good deal at night or in darkened chambers, adds much to the appeal.


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