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Mark of the Tortoise (1964)

Wartezimmer zum Jenseits (original title)
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
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Donald 'Don' Micklem
Richard Münch ...
Mario Orlandi di Alsconi
Heinz Reincke ...
Inspektor Dickes
Carl Lange ...
Crantor
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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2.35 : 1
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Double crosses start to unravel a kidnapping gang with a ruthless head
16 September 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Although this film is not from an Edgar Wallace story, it's directed by Alfred Vohrer and a Rialto film. It's in the krimi genre, being a crime story.

I have now seen two widescreen versions. One is dubbed and the other is in German with English subtitles that match the dubbing. The German print is much clearer. In German, we hear Hildegard Knef's and Klaus Kinski's own voices.

The second viewing made me appreciate much more how well written this story is. There are no plot holes. The script developed precisely along logical lines, meaning the writers made sure to think about how characters off screen would be behaving too.

There's a kidnapping gang led by Richard Munch. Hildegard Knef is his close associate, and he has another 5 or 6 men who work for him. Pinkas Braun, a krimi regular, is one of them. Munch is in a wheelchair and operates as a Marquis out of a nifty palatial villa on the water in Trieste. The story's hero is Gotz George, an athletic young fellow with a solid punch and lots of courage.

The last sequence has Knef and hero Gotz George in great peril. This is handled beautifully. The subplots of double crossing among the gang add much interest, because this story is not a mystery. We know who the bad guys are right off, and it's really a thriller. 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 a subdued black and white Bondish feel to the film.

The story itself is original in how it focuses on the kidnapping gang members and their ruthless boss. It's not your usual multiple murder Edgar Wallace krimi story in which inheritance is the objective.

I liked this movie much better the second time, and I've raised my rating from 6 to 7.


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