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Das Geheimnis der schwarzen Witwe (1963)

The Creepiest, Crawliest and Deadliest Film Ever Produced!


(as F.J. Gottlieb)


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Complete credited cast:
Doris Kirchner ...
Mrs. Ayke
Gabriel Llopart ...
Cartwright (as Josef Cafarell)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Belina ...


The Creepiest, Crawliest and Deadliest Film Ever Produced!

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Release Date:

28 November 1963 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

The Secret of the Black Widow  »

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2.35 : 1
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Die schwarze Witwe
Music by Martin Böttcher
Lyrics by Ute Just and F.J. Gottlieb
Sung by Belina
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Despite the premise, it's awfully dull.
16 January 2014 | by See all my reviews

While I have loved many German films, I have noticed that every German mystery made in the early 60s that I have seen that were dubbed were dreadful. While "Das Geheimnis der Schwarsen Witwe" ("The Secret of the Black Widow") is not horrible, it is very slow and rather dull--and I had to really fight hard to pay attention to it. Considering the wild plot, this is pretty amazing.

The film is a mystery. Folks are dying from the weirdest projectiles in history--large rubber spiders with poison on them! The physics of shooting such objects make this pretty silly, as they all seem to land perfectly despite their irregular shapes. A boring guy is sent to investigate and he has some dull adventures (such as one of the more poorly staged fights I've ever seen). It's all very dark and atmospheric--which is nice. But it never grabs your attention, the dubbing (at times) is really bad and the film seemed 3rd-rate.

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