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The 1,000 Eyes of Dr. Mabuse (1960)

Die 1000 Augen des Dr. Mabuse (original title)
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In 1960s Germany, criminal mastermind Dr. Mabuse uses hypnotized victims and the surveillance equipment of a Nazi-era bugged hotel to steal nuclear technology from a visiting American industrialist.

Director:

Fritz Lang

Writers:

Fritz Lang (screenplay), Heinz Oskar Wuttig (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dawn Addams ... Marion Menil
Peter van Eyck ... Henry B. Travers
Gert Fröbe ... Kriminalkommissar Kras
Wolfgang Preiss ... Prof. Dr. S. Jordan / Peter Cornelius / Dr. Mabuse
Werner Peters ... Hieronymus B. Mistelzweig
Andrea Checchi ... Hoteldetektiv Berg (as Andrea Checci)
Marielouise Nagel Marielouise Nagel ... The Blonde Luck (as Marie Luise Nagel)
Reinhard Kolldehoff ... Roberto Menil alias 'Klumpfuß'
Howard Vernon ... No. 12
Nico Pepe Nico Pepe ... Hotel-Manager
Jean-Jacques Delbo Jean-Jacques Delbo ... Cornelius' Butler (as Jean-Jaques Delbo)
David Cameron David Cameron ... Michael Parker (as David Camerone)
Linda Sini Linda Sini ... Corinna
Renate Küster Renate Küster ... TV-Ansagerin
Rolf Weih ... Interpol-Chef
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Storyline

Reporter Peter Barter gets murdered while driving to his tv station. Commisioner Kras gets a phone call from clairvoyant Cornelius who saw Barter's death in a vision. But a dark force prevents Cornelius from seeing the man behind the crime. Meanwhile the policemen concentrate their activities on the hotel Luxor. There exist too many links between the hotel and the unsolved crimes. Trevors, a rich American, rents a room in the hotel at the same time. He can prevent the suicide of the young woman Marion Menil at the last minute. But what is the reason for Miss Menil's doing? Why is she initimidated? Could it be that Dr. Mabuse, a genius in crime believed to be dead, is back? Written by Matthias Luehr <mluehr@htwm.de>

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Dr. Mabuse is on the loose !


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Country:

West Germany | France | Italy

Language:

German

Release Date:

9 December 1960 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

The 1,000 Eyes of Dr. Mabuse See more »

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Fritz Lang's final directorial project. See more »

Goofs

Dr. Mabuse rips a telephone from its cord and throws it on the ground, in a later shot the telephone is still on the table and intact. See more »

Quotes

Hieronymus Balthasar Mistelzweig: Hieronymus B. Mistelzweig - B steht für Bauch
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Alternate Versions

Most versions end with Marion waking in what appears to be a hospital. Travers is at her bedside, and the two hold hands and exchange some unheard dialogue as the picture fades to black. In the French release this scene lasts a few seconds longer, and we see Marion's eyes close as she slumps back against the bed, presumably dying. See more »

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Referenced in Nadja in Paris (1964) See more »

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Who's The Mad Dr. M?

Fritz Lang's "Die 1000 Augen Des Dr. Mabuse" aka. "The Thousand Eyes Of Dr. Mabuse" of 1960 is, after 27 years, the third movie on the arch-criminal Dr. Mabuse, the first one made after World War 2, and Lang's last movie as a director. Although not brilliant in any of its aspects, this is a very well-acted, highly entertaining and original mystery that maintains its suspense and stays interesting throughout its 100 minutes, as it cleverly bears more than one surprise.

After a reporter is murdered on his way to a TV station in Wiesbaden, Comissioner Kras' (Gert Fröbe) investigations lead him to a local luxury hotel. As the investigations are dragging on without progress, Kras is offered the help of a mysterious blind psychic...

The acting in "The 1,000 Eyes Of Dr Mabuse" is generally very good, especially Gert Fröbe, who would play the arch villain "Goldfinger" in the greatest James Bond movie four years later, delivers a great performance as the rough-and-ready police commissioner Kras. Further great performances come from Wolfgang Preiss, Dawn Addams, and Werner Peters, who plays and obtrusive insurance salesman. The movie remains interesting all the time, as there's one little twist after another, and just when you think that something was predictable, another twist is coming up. One noticeable quality of this movie is that director Lang, who had fled to the United States in the years of Naziism, dares to mention the Nazi times in the movie, which (allthough only mentioned casually once or twice) was more than rare in 1960, a time when popular German movies usually remained as silent as possible about this "unpleasant" subject.

"Die 1000 Augen Des Dr. Mabuse" is not one of Fritz Lang's masterpieces, but it definitely is a highly entertaining and clever mystery, that should not leave anybody bored. Recommended!


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