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Das Phantom von Soho (1964)

A murder mystery involving several high-profile Londoners being bumped off near a Soho nightclub by a masked killer.

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Complete credited cast:
Dieter Borsche ...
Chief Inspector Hugh Patton
Barbara Rütting ...
Clarinda Smith
Hans Söhnker ...
Sir Phillip
Peter Vogel ...
Sergeant Hallam
Helga Sommerfeld ...
Corinne Smith
Werner Peters ...
Dr. Dalmar
Hans Nielsen ...
Lord Harald Malhaus
Stanislav Ledinek ...
Gilyard, club manager
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Wilhelm Grover, man with birthmark
Hans W. Hamacher ...
Capt. Muggins
Emil Feldmann ...
Daddy
Harald Sawade ...
Charlie
Kurt Jaggberg ...
Jussuf
Elisabeth Flickenschildt ...
Joanna Filiati
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Sgt. Halan and Chief Ins. Patten of Scotland Yard are called in to investigate several murders which have taken place near the Sansibar, a Soho nightclub. They soon discover the true story of the hooded killer in a grisly skull mask and golden gloves killing off the survivors of the shipwrecked "Yolanda". Written by JT

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He stalks the city of sex and sin!

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Mystery | Thriller

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March 1967 (USA)  »

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Follows When Strangers Meet (1934) See more »

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Soho
Performed by Tanja Berg
Composed by Martin Böttcher
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Superior (Bryan) Edgar Wallace "krimi"
10 January 2009 | by (Denver, Colorado and Santiago, Chile) – See all my reviews

A number of important men are being murdered in the London Soho district while attempting to make sexual liasons. The murders, perpetrated by the so-called "Phantom of Soho," seem to center around a seedy burlesque nightclub populated by a bizarre array of characters including the "crippled" female proprietor, her bent doctor/psychologist, and a pretty naive photographer. Eventually the Scotland Yard detectives and Agatha Christie-type female mystery writer tie the murders to a luxury yacht that sunk off the coast a couple years earlier. But the ending and the identity of the Phantom is a genuine surprise.

Although this is actually based on a novel of Edgar Wallace's much less talented son Bryan Edgar Wallace, this is actually a superior entry in the West German Wallace "krimi" series. It has a strong plot and an effective fog-shrouded atmosphere. It is also surprisingly risqué for the period with some of the nightclub acts culminating in some discrete toplessness, and the movie itself exuding a definite air of sexual decadence.

It is currently available on an apparently uncut Retrocinema double disc with the much weaker Edgar Wallace krimi "Curse of the Yellow Snake". That one is not really very worthwhile, but this one is definitely recommended.


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