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(1960) Karin Dor, Joachim Fuchsberger, Elizabeth Flickenschildt. A creepy German-made Wallace thriller about the ghost of a hanged man who returns to fulfill his promise. All of his accusers must die! 16mm.
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Siegfried Lowitz hunts for a forger but encounters murders
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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