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Secret of the Red Orchid (1962)
"Das Rätsel der roten Orchidee" (original title)

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Rival gangsters from Chicago move to London and attempt to extort money from rich Britons.


(as Helmuth Ashley)


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Complete credited cast:
Captain Allerman
Adrian Hoven ...
Inspector Weston
Lilian Ranger
Pinkas Braun ...
Christiane Nielsen ...
Cora Minelli
Kerkie Minelli
Fritz Rasp ...
Wolfgang Büttner ...
Chief Inspector Tetley
Herbert A.E. Böhme ...
Oberst Drood
Günther Jerschke ...
Mr. Shelby
Sigrid von Richthofen ...
Mrs. Moore
Hans Paetsch ...
Lord Arlington
Edgar Wenzel ...
Eddi Arent ...


Rival gangsters from Chicago move to London and attempt to extort money from rich Britons.

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Release Date:

1 March 1962 (West Germany)  »

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Secret of the Red Orchid  »

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(Klangfilm Eurocord-Magnetocord)

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1.37 : 1
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Christopher Lee's voice was dubbed by another actor for the English language version, but he is heard in the original German version. His German is pretty good. See more »


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Christopher Lee, Klaus Kinski, and Sexy Marissa Mell make this mediocre Wallace-flick worthwhile
12 April 2008 | by (Salzburg, Austria) – See all my reviews

German Edgar Wallace flicks from the early 60s - a cheesy kind of cinema, but, as far as I am considered, also a very lovable one. Crime flicks and murder mysteries based on the writings of the British novelist Edgar Wallace were immensely popular in Germany of the 1960s, some of them were also very cool, others immensely corny, and almost all of them incredibly entertaining in one way or another. "Das Rätsel Der Roten Orchidee" (aka. "The Secret Of The Red Orchid") of 1962 would probably be one of the inferior Edgar Wallace films, if it wasn't for two ingenious actors. This cheesy crime mystery does not only star the incredibly sinister Klaus Kinski (as many other Wallace films), but also one of cinema's greatest Horror icons, the almighty Christopher Lee. Lee, who plays an American FBI agent, was dubbed in the English language version, but he can be heard speaking German in the original German version, and his German is amazingly good.

Several rich people are murdered in London, and the murders are somehow connected with a gang of blackmailers. Since the crimes seem like the work of Chicago mobsters, American FBI Captain Allermann (Christopher Lee) comes to London to help the investigating Scotland Yard Inspector Weston (Adrian Hoven).

The plot itself is quite lame, and full of illogical twists, but the film nevertheless promises pure entertainment. Christopher Lee is a great enrichment as always, but the best aspect of the movie is Klaus Kinski who shines in a very sinister role. Sexy Marisa Mell is once again stunningly beautiful in the female lead, and the comedic part goes to Eddi Aren't who plays role of the butler (once again). This is not one of the highlights in the popular series of Edgar Wallace-based films that were made in Germany between 1959 and the early 70s, but it is amusing light-hearted entertainment, and recommendable for Christopher Lee, Klaus Kinski and beautiful Marissa Mell.

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