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The Testament of Dr. Mabuse (1933)

Das Testament des Dr. Mabuse (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Horror, Mystery | 19 March 1943 (USA)
A criminal mastermind uses hypnosis to rule the rackets after death.

Director:

Fritz Lang

Writers:

Norbert Jacques (characters), Fritz Lang (scenario) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rudolf Klein-Rogge ... Docteur Mabuse
Thomy Bourdelle ... Professeur Baum
Gustav Diessl ... Thomas Kent
Rudolf Schündler ... Hardy
Jim Gérald Jim Gérald ... Commissaire Lohmann
Oskar Höcker Oskar Höcker ... Bredow
Theo Lingen ... Karetzky
Monique Rolland ... Lilli
Maurice Maillot Maurice Maillot ... Thomas Kent
Camilla Spira ... Juwelen-Anna
Ginette Gaubert Ginette Gaubert ... Anna
Paul Henckels ... Lithograph / Litographer
René Ferté ... Hardy
Otto Wernicke ... Inspector Karl Lohmann
Raymond Cordy ... Koretsky
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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:

In His Warped and Evil Brain the Lust to KILL...KILL...KILL! (1952 re-release) See more »


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Fritz Lang, who was fluent in French, simultaneously shot a French-language version under the title "Le Testament du Docteur Mabuse." The German cast members who were not fluent in French were replaced with French-speaking actors. Rudolf Klein-Rogge had his dialog replaced with an early form of dubbing. 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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Alternate Versions

Turner Classic Movies broadcast a restored version put together in 2000 from segments in various film archives and distributed by Janis Films. Its length is 3,341 meters and ran 121 minutes. It had no cast or crew credits other than the director. See more »

Connections

Followed by Doctor Mabuse: Etiopomar (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Die Walküre (The Valkyries)
(1856) (uncredited)
Written by Richard Wagner
Portion hummed by Klaus Pohl
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The prototype thriller
16 February 2006 | by denmansSee all my reviews

The film reads like a trainer for all the thrillers that came thereafter: The staring face reminiscent of 'Alien', the scary opening scene, which deserves to be better known, the tough but lovable cop, the haunted (literally) master criminal, the asylum, the heroine with an excuse to get her dress all wet and clingy, the Mae West look-alike, the spooky special effects, the explosions and the fires (real ones not your computer generated rubbish), the shoot out, the chase through the woods, the car chase, the high tech gadgets (using 78 vinyl!). There's even what looks like a placement add (Mercedes, during the car chase). Yes, all the thriller clichés are there but way back in 1933 they weren't clichés. Unfortunately some rather wooden acting by the heroine, Wera Liessem, who seems to be stuck in silent film mode, mars the film.

As for the political overtones, I'm not sure if these were deliberate. Lang's stories about himself were as fantastical as his films, especially the one about being offered the head of the Reich films.


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Country:

Germany | France

Language:

German | French

Release Date:

19 March 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Crimes of Dr. Mabuse See more »

Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$27,690
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Nero-Film AG, Nero Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (re-edited)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Tobis-Klangfilm)| Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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