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House of 1,000 Dolls (1967)

La casa de las mil muñecas (original title)
When a vacationing couple in Tangiers run into an old friend there, they discover that he is searching for his missing girlfriend who has been kidnapped by an international gang of white ... See full summary »

Directors:

Jeremy Summers, Hans Billian (as Manfred Koeler)

Writers:

Harry Alan Towers (as Peter Welbeck), María del Carmen Martínez Román (dialogue)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vincent Price ... Felix Manderville
Martha Hyer ... Rebecca
George Nader ... Stephen Armstrong
Ann Smyrner ... Marie Armstrong (as Anne Smyrner)
Wolfgang Kieling ... Inspector Emil
Sancho Gracia ... Fernando
Maria Rohm ... Diane
Luis Rivera Luis Rivera ... Paul (as Louis Rivera)
José Jaspe ... Ahmed (as Jose Jaspe)
Juan Olaguivel Juan Olaguivel ... Salim
Herbert Fux ... Abdu
Yelena Samarina ... Madame Viera
Diane Bond Diane Bond ... Liza
Andrea Lascelles Andrea Lascelles ... Doll
Ursula Janis Ursula Janis ... Doll
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Storyline

When a vacationing couple in Tangiers run into an old friend there, they discover that he is searching for his missing girlfriend who has been kidnapped by an international gang of white slavers. Nader investigates but before he can come up with anything, his friend is murdered. Meanwhile, nightclub magician Price and his mentalist partner continue their nefarious activities--they hypnotize and kidnap young women for the white slavers, and spirit them to the "House of 1000 Dolls." Written by phillindholm

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Country:

West Germany | Spain

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 March 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Rupert Davies was cast in a major supporting role but was replaced before filming. See more »

Goofs

When the henchmen are pursuing Stephen Armstrong at the docks, several boats have Spanish names, even though the movie is supposed to be set in Tunisia. See more »

Alternate Versions

There are at least three versions of this film:
  • the English version which runs ca. 95 minutes
  • the Spanish version was cut by ca. 10 minutes
  • the German version was cut as well but replaces some shots with alternate material
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References The Shore of Love (1961) See more »

Soundtracks

House of a Thousand Dolls
Lyrics by Don Black
Music by Mark London
Sung by Cliff Bennett and the Rebel Rousers
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HOUSE OF A THOUSAND DOLLS (Jeremy Summers, 1967) **1/2
15 May 2011 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

To begin with, this was yet another "Movies 4 Men" screening hampered by the usual garbled sound problems! It is also an example of a maligned Vincent Price film (Leonard Maltin says he "walks through it in a daze"!) which is actually not too bad. That said, the actor was not well served by "Euro-Cult" (this is a Spanish-German production, despite the British involvement of the writer-producer and director), as can also be gleaned from his sole Mario Bava collaboration DR. GOLDFOOT AND THE GIRL BOMBS (1966)!

Price and co-star Martha Hyer are a couple engaged in a magic act (called Manderville, so that he is later mockingly dubbed "Mandrake"!) who are involved in the trafficking of women for the purposes of prostitution (they purposefully choose lonely girls to make them disappear both on stage and in real life but, of course, they are bound to slip sometime...because otherwise there would be no film!). Considering the subject matter and Towers' resume', this is remarkably chaste; in any case, the very first victim we see here (being transported in a coffin!) is none other than Maria Rohm aka Mrs. Towers. Her boyfriend sets on her trail, which leads him to Tangier, where he seeks the help of criminal pathologist George Nader (the hero inevitably played by an ageing Hollywood presence). Hindering their progress is local photographer Herbert Fux, while the proper Police investigation is carried out by Wolfgang Kieling (who had just been a villain, served with a memorable death scene, in Alfred Hitchcock's TORN CURTAIN {1966}).

Typically, the identity of the organization's head is a mystery to all; hence, the ultimate revelation proves quite a surprise...and, though it then transpires that Price was not as villainous as had been inferred, he still gets a melodramatic demise. By the way, I was surprised to notice the Maltese name of Charles Camilleri as the film's composer; actually, I had already heard his (only other film) work on Jess Franco's THE CASTLE OF FU MANCHU (1968) and, interestingly enough, he died a couple of years back right in my home-town!


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