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(1961)Joachim Fuchsberger, Brigitte Grothum. A girl is almost murdered, but no explainable motive can be found until a 20 year old murder is uncovered and linked to the case...

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Complete credited cast:
Joachim Fuchsberger ...
Inspektor Michael 'Mike' Dorn
Brigitte Grothum ...
Margaret Loais Reedle, geb. Moron / Pinder
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Gräfin / Lady Leonora Moron
Marianne Hoppe ...
Mary Pinder, verw. Moron
Rudolf Fernau ...
Dr. Tappatt
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Bresset
Richard Häussler ...
Chesney Praye
Edith Hancke ...
Lizzy Smith
Eddi Arent ...
Lord Selwyn 'Selly' Moron
Fritz Rasp ...
Rechtsanwalt Shaddle
Reinhard Kolldehoff ...
Kriminalassistent Oliver Frank aka Butler John Addams
Alexander Engel ...
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(1961)Joachim Fuchsberger, Brigitte Grothum. A girl is almost murdered, but no explainable motive can be found until a 20 year old murder is uncovered and linked to the case...

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8 November 1961 (West Germany)  »

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The Strange Countess  »

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Jürgen Roland (who had previously directed two Edgar Wallace Movies himself) was brought in to finish principal photography when the original director, Joseph von Baky, fell heavily ill during production. See more »

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The Weird Countess
4 March 2007 | by (www.martsander.com) – See all my reviews

West German cinema discovered Edgar Wallace's novels in 1959. The films became sensationally popular and during the next twelve or so years some forty + films were brought to the screen, a number which makes other film serials such as James Bond grow pale with envy. In addition to that, another team began screening the novels of Wallace junior almost immediately. The results are often mixed, but especially the earliest "original" Wallace films are superbly atmospheric crime thrillers.

Both these serials are now released on DVD in Germany. Most of these de luxe editions (4 DVD sets) have only German soundtrack and subtitles, but this film has both optional English soundtrack and subtitles, so obviously it was deemed to be one of the best entries.

The Weird Countess can easily stand in line with the best film noir masterpieces. It builds a nightmarish mood up to the point when the viewer is sickened by not knowing what exactly is going on. It's structurally very well crafted and employs some very good actors - such as the legends of German cinema Marianne Hoppe and Lil Dagover, breathtakingly beautiful at 74. There's also the very young Klaus Kinski, giving a performance you wouldn't want to miss.

It might be somewhat weird to look at Germans acting to be English, but once you get accustomed, this is a highly enjoyable, spooky thriller. The story is quite complicated, so you may find yourself reflecting upon it when it ends quite suddenly, but don't worry, it all adds up.

WARNING: The less you know about these films in advance, the better. There's a short summary on the cover, which already says too much, and I feel very lucky I didn't read it before I began watching the film. Avoid any kind of compendiums.

If you yearn for more supernatural German 1960s sci-fi serial, you might want to check out Dr Mabuse films, also great fun.


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