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Mark of the Tortoise (1964)
"Wartezimmer zum Jenseits" (original title)

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The nephew of a murdered millionaire decides to track down his uncle's killer. He faces many life-threatening dangers as he tries to break into the inner circle of the sinister criminal "The Tortoise."

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Lorelli
Götz George ...
Donald 'Don' Micklem
Richard Münch ...
Mario Orlandi di Alsconi
Heinz Reincke ...
Inspektor Dickes
Carl Lange ...
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Pinkas Braun ...
Felix
Adelheid Seeck ...
Lady Helen Bradley
Hans Paetsch ...
Sir Cyrus Bradley
Jan Hendriks ...
Carlos
Joachim Rake
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Shapiro
Hans Clarin ...
Harry Mason
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The nephew of a murdered millionaire decides to track down his uncle's killer. He faces many life-threatening dangers as he tries to break into the inner circle of the sinister criminal "The Tortoise."

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April 1964 (Austria)  »

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DEM 1,400,000 (estimated)
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Location shooting and characters help lift bland tale of kidnapping
16 September 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Although this film is not from an Edgar Wallace story, it plays much like the German-filmed krimis but less pointed, outrageous and tense. The director did some krimis. This film will be appreciated by those completists who like crime films, eurocrime films, and krimis but it's not filmed in a dark or noir way.

The widescreen version looks good, but the dubbing brings it down. I'd have preferred to have heard Ms. Knef's and Kinski's own voices in German with subtitles.

The last sequence in which Knef and hero Gotz George are in great peril is handled nicely. The subplots of doublecrossing add interest. The location shooting in London and Trieste uplifts the film quite a bit, and so does the villa in which the mastermind resides, outfitted with cameras, sliding doors, long corridors with mirrors, and other gadgets. This lends more of a subdued black and white Bondish feel to the film.

The story itself is no great shakes. Overall the result is a mainstream product on the bland side that doesn't come up to the German krimis.


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