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Face of the Frog (1959)

Der Frosch mit der Maske (original title)
Both Scotland Yard and an amateur American sleuth are tracking a master criminal known as The Frog. This moniker refers to the bulging-eyed mask worn by the evildoer, and is reflected by ... See full summary »

Director:

Harald Reinl

Writers:

Edgar Wallace (novel), Egon Eis (script) (as Trygve Larsen) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joachim Fuchsberger ... Richard Gordon
Elfie von Kalckreuth ... Ella Bennet (as Eva Anthes)
Jochen Brockmann Jochen Brockmann ... Philo Johnson
Carl Lange Carl Lange ... John Bennet (as Karl Lange)
Dieter Eppler Dieter Eppler ... Joshua Broad
Eva Pflug ... Lolita
Walter Wilz Walter Wilz ... Ray Bennet
Fritz Rasp ... Ezra Maitland
Erwin Strahl Erwin Strahl ... Sergeant Balder aka Nummer 7 (German version) / Sergeant Barclay aka Number 7 (English version)
Ernst Fritz Fürbringer ... Sir Archibald (as Ernst W. Fürbringer)
Eddi Arent ... James
Ulrich Beiger Ulrich Beiger ... Everett
Reinhard Kolldehoff ... Lew Brady
Michel Hildesheim Michel Hildesheim ... Mills
Charlotte Scheier-Herold Charlotte Scheier-Herold ... Lady Maggie Farnsworth (German version) / Lady Aubrid Farnsworth (English version)
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Storyline

Both Scotland Yard and an amateur American sleuth are tracking a master criminal known as The Frog. This moniker refers to the bulging-eyed mask worn by the evildoer, and is reflected by the frog icons painfully tatooed onto the forearms of his henchmen. The trail leads to the country manor of an enigmatic, steely-eyed nabob, whose repressed son has eyes for the artistes at the Lolita cabaret, and whose lovely daughter captures the fancy of both the American playboy and the villain himself. Murder, kidnapping and seduction ensue. Written by GoblinHairedGuy

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Taglines:

Ein klassischer "Krimi" - ein mitreißender Film See more »

Genres:

Crime | Thriller

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Details

Country:

Denmark | West Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

4 April 1960 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Face of the Frog See more »

Filming Locations:

Copenhagen, Denmark See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The idea of creating a German Edgar Wallace-Adaption for the screen came to 'Walfried Barthel', then head of Constantin Film, and Constantin's scenario editor Gerhard F. Hummel after a private screening of Guy Hamilton's film of The Ringer (1952). See more »

Goofs

All the cars are left-hand drive - even the English police have no right-hand drive cars. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Lukas: Mann und Maus (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Nachts im Nebel an der Themse
Music by Karl Bette
Text by Theo Maria Werner (as Theo M. Werner) and Hans Billian
Performed by Eva Pflug (dubbed by unknown)
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Best German provincial Theatre
29 November 2009 | by meikel14See all my reviews

Sadly I don't remember the book anymore, but I do recall that I was captivated by the stories of Edgar Wallace. This Film represents a typical German Production of low quality. It does not hold my attention - although the story itself is good, it is just badly adabted. At the center of the misery are the characters that are overly simplyfied and exaggerated - they have no nuances in their performances. Even the well known and liked German Actors Joachim Fuchsberger and Eddy Aren't cannot rescue this poor spectacle. However there's hope ... I've been told that the films following this one are getting better and better. So in conclusion I must say that this film doesn't deserve the cinematic screen but may be enough for a lazy afternoon.


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