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Die toten Augen von London
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Egon Eis (screenplay)
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12 October 1966 (USA) See more »
A city of fear becomes a city of death! See more »
Wealthy, heavily insured men are being murdered at an alarming rate. Scotland Yard investigates and finds clues that lead to a ring of blind men, led by a mysterious "reverend." | Add synopsis »
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German Film, TV Star Joachim Fuchsberger Dies at 87
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German Film, TV Star Joachim Fuchsberger Dies at 87
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Joachim Fuchsberger ... Inspektor Larry Holt
Karin Baal ... Eleanor "Nora" Ward, geb. Finlay
Dieter Borsche ... David Judd / Mr. Lennox / Reverend Paul Dearborn
Wolfgang Lukschy ... Stephan Judd
Eddi Arent ... Sergeant / Inspektor S. "Sunny" Harvey
Anneli Sauli ... Fanny Weldon (as Ann Savo)
Bobby Todd ... Lew Norris
Franz Schafheitlin ... Sir John
Ady Berber ... Jacob "Der blinde Jack" Farrell (as Adi Berber)
Harry Wüstenhagen ... Fred "Flimmer-Fred" (German version) / Flicker-Fred (English version)
Rudolf Fenner ... Matthew "Matt" Blake
Hans Paetsch ... Gordon Stuart
Ida Ehre ... Ella Ward
Fritz Schröder-Jahn ... Sir John Archibald

Klaus Kinski ... Edgar Strauss
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Manfred Greve ... Junger Polizist (uncredited)
Hans Irle ... Polizist (uncredited)
Günther Jerschke ... Polizeiarzt (German version) / Coroner (English version) (uncredited)
Kurt A. Jung ... Mr. Jones (uncredited)
Walter Ladengast ... Pförtner (uncredited)
Rolf Mittmann ... (uncredited)
Joseph Offenbach ... Steinmetz (uncredited)
Gertrud Prey ... Mrs. Brooks (uncredited)
Joachim Rake ... Buchprüfer (uncredited)
Werner Reinisch ... Wachtmeister (uncredited)
Horst Schweimler ... Liliputaner (uncredited)
Max Walter Sieg ... Chauffeur (uncredited)
Manfred Steffen ... Buchprüfer (uncredited)
Alfred Vohrer ... Mann von der Fahndungsabteilung / Mordkommission / Fred "Flimmer-Fred" (Stimme in der 48. Minute) (uncredited)
Erich Weiher ... Richard Porter (uncredited)
Joachim Wolff ... Polizist Jenkins (uncredited)

Directed by
Alfred Vohrer 
Writing credits
Edgar Wallace (novel "The Dark Eyes of London")

Egon Eis (screenplay) (as Trygve Larsen)

Wolfgang Lukschy (additional dialogue)

Produced by
Horst Wendlandt .... producer
Original Music by
Heinz Funk 
Cinematography by
Karl Löb 
Film Editing by
Ira Oberberg 
Art Direction by
Mathias Matthies 
Ellen Schmidt 
Set Decoration by
Mathias Matthies 
Siegfried Mews 
Ellen Schmidt 
Costume Design by
Gudrun Hildebrandt 
Production Management
Lothar Mäder .... unit manager
Peter Petersen .... unit manager
Herbert Sennewald .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Zlata Mehlers .... assistant director
Sound Department
Werner Schlagge .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Lilo Winterstein .... still photographer
Karl-Heinz Linke .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Ernst Zahrt .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Susanne Paschen .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Jutta Zieren .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"Die toten Augen von London" - West Germany (original title)
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Germany:98 min | USA:104 min
Black and White | Color (opening credits)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Klangfilm Eurocord-Magnetocord)
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The first Edgar Wallace Movie directed by Alfred Vohrer. Until 1968, he would direct 13 more and became the most prolific director of the series.See more »
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Referenced in "Lukas: Mann und Maus (#3.4)" (1998)See more »


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Joachim Fuchsberger is challenged by a spate of insurance-connected murders made to look accidental, 9 September 2014
Author: msroz from United States

The Rialto krimis, 32 of them, began appearing in 1959 and ended in 1972. "The Dead Eyes of London" (1961) is a relatively early one and in black and white. Like many to follow, the director was Alfred Vohrer and it starred Joachim Fuchsberger as the detective and Eddie Arendt (extra d intentionally), also a detective in this one.

If you like film noirs, you are also likely to like giallos and krimis. Both the latter typically involve crimes and mysteries, and both are often photographed with noir visuals that include shadows and night scenes. Giallos tended to be in color.

"The Dead Eyes of London" has superior and copious noir visuals from start to finish. We are let in on the murders early and the grotesque character doing them (Ady Berber). You have to see this guy and his makeup. He's blind, but that's no obstacle for him. He's virtually a monster and is said to be such by an informer. But we do not know who is behind the scheme to collect insurance proceeds, not until the very end. Fuchsberger suspects what seem to be drownings are murders because they all have the same m.o. and there are some other clues, a bit of Braille writing and a short piece of rope.

The story does have one major surprise coincidence, but it doesn't affect the crime detection seriously. Klaus Kinski appears in a supporting role as he did in some other krimis. One can see why, because he spices up the proceedings.

It's a little hard to describe the "tone" of this and some other similar krimis. They do have some situations of danger and suspense for characters but they are not geared specifically to thrills and suspense. They typically rely somewhat more heavily on presenting characters and situations that arouse suspicions and whose relationships are murky. We often do not know whether someone is a good guy or a bad guy, and if they're a bad guy we do not know what their motivation is. We are more or less immersed in the mystery along with the detective. The mystery is of above average complexity. All of this is photographed in black and white that is heavily noir-influenced. The sets are often detailed with offbeat props and design or revolve around unusual locations. In this one there is a home for the blind that's Victorian in feel with offbeat people living there. Rooms, corridors, building facades, disguises, offices, night clubs, etc are used to good mysterious effect in krimis. The films take some concentration and thought if there are subtitles and even if there are not, because they are often rich in detail. Otherwise one can get lost, lulled or even be bored, as one reviewer complained. The krimis I've seen tend to lack a flair for the dramatic, a sense of rising tension, a climax, and an aftermath. I watched this one in German with English subtitles.

This krimi is a good, solid, rewarding one.

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