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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 ... Philo Johnson
Carl Lange ... John Bennet (as Karl Lange)
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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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

When inspector Elk/Hedge is riding in the Double Decker Bus near the beginning of the film, the signs near his window are mirror inverted, indicating a flipped shot. They obviously shot the scene (in front of a very obvious rear-projection) as if driving from left to right but found out that it didn't intercut well with the outside shot of the real bus going the other way. See more »

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Spoofed in Der Wixxer (2004) 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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Highly entertaining!
26 July 2001 | by krazykool_katSee all my reviews

This is one of the better classic Edgar Wallace movies from the German series - it features all basics for a highly enjoyable Wallace crime flic movie way back from the 60ies: Although his majesty, Mr. Kinski, is missing you still have young Joachim 'Blacky' Fuchsberger, starring once again as the typical clever American 'womanizer', you have young Eddi Arendt in his best (and just as well typical) role ever - the cool, sophisticated British butler - and you have (not so young anymore) Lowitz as the melancholic yet very 'dry' ironic (and thus: highly entertaining) police investigator. Furthermore you'll get offered a freakish and very campy 'evil guy' behind a frog mask (hence the movie's title!), you'll get a crazed-out swinging soundtrack, classic b-movie action scenes, partly filmed out off the wildest perspectives (please remind the time of its origin!), yelling scream queens, and on and on... All those ingredients get shaken well up in a sweet tastin' cocktail of pure German Edgar Wallace campyness - highly recommended!!


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