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The Testament of Dr. Mabuse (1933)

Das Testament des Dr. Mabuse (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime | 1 January 1933 (USA)
A new crime wave grips the city and all clues seem to lead to the nefarious Dr. Mabuse, even though he has been imprisoned in a mental asylum for nearly a decade.

Director:

Fritz Lang

Writers:

Norbert Jacques (characters), Fritz Lang | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rudolf Klein-Rogge ... Dr. Mabuse
Gustav Diessl ... Thomas Kent
Rudolf Schündler ... Hardy
Oskar Höcker Oskar Höcker ... Bredow
Theo Lingen ... Karetzky
Camilla Spira ... Juwelen-Anna
Paul Henckels ... Lithograph / Litographer
Otto Wernicke ... Inspector Karl Lohmann
Theodor Loos ... Dr. Kramm
Hadrian Maria Netto Hadrian Maria Netto ... Nicolai Griforiew (as Hadrian M. Netto)
Paul Bernd Paul Bernd ... Erpresser / Blackmailer
Henry Pleß Henry Pleß ... Bulle
Adolf E. Licho Adolf E. Licho ... Dr. Hauser
Oscar Beregi Sr. ... Prof. Dr. Baum (as Oscar Beregi)
Wera Liessem Wera Liessem ... Lilli
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Storyline

Berlin police inspector Lohmann investigates a case, in which all clues lead to a man, who's in a hospital for mental illnesses for since many years - Dr. Mabuse. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Taglines:

Madman? Monster? Murderer? Scientist? (1952 re-release) See more »

Genres:

Crime

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

1 January 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Crimes of Dr. Mabuse See more »

Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Nero-Film AG See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Tobis-Klangfilm)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

The film was not shown to the German public until August 24, 1951, when it was presented in an edited 111-minute version. See more »

Goofs

Hofmeister supposedly scratches Mabuse's name in a window pane of his apartment with a ring, but Hofmeister is not wearing any rings when Division 2-B enter his apartment. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Inspector Lohmann: "Magic Fire Music," old man.
[whistles]
Inspector Lohmann: You know that one, Müller? That's from "Die Walküre". Those are the girls who carry dead police inspectors directly up to heaven from the Alexanderplatz with a "Hey ho." On horseback.
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Connections

Featured in Histoire(s) du cinéma: Toutes les histoires (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

Die Walküre (The Valkyries)
(1856) (uncredited)
Written by Richard Wagner
Portion hummed by Klaus Pohl
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Herr Lang's German SwanSong
10 October 2005 | by Bucs1960See all my reviews

Fritz Lang, the greatest of directors, finished this film and fled Germany as the Third Reich was raising it's ugly head. And what a film it is!!!! Although it may be too stylized for some, it speaks volumes of what was to come in noir film making. The story is a little over the top but that only adds to the appeal.

With only limited screen time, Rudolf Klein-Rogge is just magnificent. What a face!!! I became familiar with him as Rotwang in Metropolis and have tried to view any film in which he appears. Unhappily, his presence in this film is more felt than seen but still worth the effort. He reprises the Mabuse character from the earlier "Dr. Mabuse, der Spieler" which ended with him being incarcerated in an mental hospital. This film picks up where the other left off and the scenes in the hospital with Klein-Rogge are mesmerizing.

The opening scene as a fugitive is trapped beneath the factory gives the story a kick start as the pounding of the machinery drives him (and viewers) to distraction. No dialogue is necessary.

The love story is a little weak but does not detract from the overall film. There is also a scene which fascinates.....it involves the shooting of a character at a traffic light.....fantastic.

I would recommend this films to anyone unfamiliar with Herr Lang's work. You will become a lifelong fanatic!


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