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The Forger of London (1961)

Der Fälscher von London (original title)
A ring of counterfeiters is flooding the country with phony money, and suspicion falls upon a wealthy playboy who may--or may not--have amnesia.


(as Dr. Harald Reinl)



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Complete credited cast:
Jane Clifton, geb. Leith
Hellmut Lange ...
Peter Clifton, geb. Welerson
Siegfried Lowitz ...
Oberinspektor Bourke
Mady Rahl ...
Marjorie Wells
John Leith
Robert Graf ...
Basil Hale
Joseph Offenbach ...
Ulrich Beiger ...
Inspektor Rouper
Otto Collin ...
Rechtsanwalt Radlow
Sigrid von Richthofen ...
Mrs. Anderson
Eddi Arent ...
Nachbar Stone / Organist Miller
Viktor de Kowa ...
Dr. Donald Wells


A ring of counterfeiters is flooding the country with phony money, and suspicion falls upon a wealthy playboy who may--or may not--have amnesia.

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Release Date:

15 August 1961 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

The Forger of London  »

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Technical Specs


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Sound Mix:

(Klangfilm Eurocord-Magnetocord)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


Director Harald Reinl wanted a relatively unknown actor for the role of Peter Clifton in order to confuse the audience more about the character's position and eventually casted stage actor Hellmut Lange. Reinl wanted the audience to remain unsure about the ambiguous character of Clifton till the ending of the film. Lange later went on to become one of Germany's most popular Television-Actors in the late 60ies. See more »


Referenced in Der Wixxer (2004) See more »

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Siegfried Lowitz hunts for a forger but encounters murders
23 September 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Edgar Wallace krimis are consistently well-done and entertaining movies. "Die Falscher" (1961) or "The Forger of London" is no exception.

These movies feature unique stories not found in the cinema of other nations. The stories are plotted in intricate ways, often involving double story lines and always surprises. Relationships and inheritances sometimes crop up. This one has the police inspector (Siegfried Lowitz) trying to discover who the forger of London is. However, this is directly connected to two other major subplots. One involves Lowitz's friend, Hellmut Lange, who is being framed for murders with money ultimately being the motive. Another involves Lange's seeming madness and his doctor, Viktor de Kowa. Furthermore, Lowitz has to contend with an Inspector Rouper (Ulrich Beiger) who's after Lange. Then there is Lange's somewhat rocky marriage to Karin Dor, her suitor, Robert Graf, and his nutty mother, Sigrid von Richthoven.

So far, I've seen three different actors play Inspectors in these films (Siegfried Lowitz, Joachim Fuchsberger, and Heinz Drache) and they're all top notch. The leading ladies, like Karin Dor, are all very competent. The casts in general are much more than adequate in their roles.

The photography in these films is uniformly enjoyable, and this is true even in the later color films. The music adds a unique flavor too.

I am high on the krimi series, so far having seen about half a dozen or so.

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