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The 1,000 Eyes of Dr. Mabuse (1960)

Die 1000 Augen des Dr. Mabuse (original title)
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In 1960s Germany, criminal mastermind Dr. Mabuse uses hypnotized victims and the surveillance equipment of a Nazi-era bugged hotel to steal nuclear technology from a visiting American industrialist.

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Fritz Lang

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Fritz Lang (screenplay), Heinz Oskar Wuttig (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dawn Addams ... Marion Menil
Peter van Eyck ... Henry B. Travers
Gert Fröbe ... Kriminalkommissar Kras
Wolfgang Preiss ... Prof. Dr. S. Jordan / Peter Cornelius / Dr. Mabuse
Werner Peters ... Hieronymus B. Mistelzweig
Andrea Checchi ... Hoteldetektiv Berg (as Andrea Checci)
Marielouise Nagel Marielouise Nagel ... The Blonde Luck (as Marie Luise Nagel)
Reinhard Kolldehoff ... Roberto Menil alias 'Klumpfuß'
Howard Vernon ... No. 12
Nico Pepe Nico Pepe ... Hotel-Manager
Jean-Jacques Delbo Jean-Jacques Delbo ... Cornelius' Butler (as Jean-Jaques Delbo)
David Cameron David Cameron ... Michael Parker (as David Camerone)
Linda Sini Linda Sini ... Corinna
Renate Küster Renate Küster ... TV-Ansagerin
Rolf Weih Rolf Weih ... Interpol-Chef
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Reporter Peter Barter gets murdered while driving to his tv station. Commisioner Kras gets a phone call from clairvoyant Cornelius who saw Barter's death in a vision. But a dark force prevents Cornelius from seeing the man behind the crime. Meanwhile the policemen concentrate their activities on the hotel Luxor. There exist too many links between the hotel and the unsolved crimes. Trevors, a rich American, rents a room in the hotel at the same time. He can prevent the suicide of the young woman Marion Menil at the last minute. But what is the reason for Miss Menil's doing? Why is she initimidated? Could it be that Dr. Mabuse, a genius in crime believed to be dead, is back? Written by Matthias Luehr <mluehr@htwm.de>

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Dr. Mabuse is on the loose !


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Country:

France | Italy | West Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

9 December 1960 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

The 1,000 Eyes of Dr. Mabuse See more »

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1.66 : 1
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This film re-teamed director Fritz Lang with art director Erich Kettelhut. Kettelhut had worked for Lang on the first Dr. Mabuse film, "Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler" (1922). See more »

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(German original version) When Henry Travers clinks glasses with Marion Menil in the hotel room after the seance, Peter van Eyck can still be heard saying "cheers" under the dubbed over German "zum Wohl". See more »

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My first venture into the world of Dr. Mabuse
30 August 2006 | by bensonmum2See all my reviews

The 1,000 Eyes of Dr. Mabuse represents my first venture into the world of Dr. Mabuse. Pigeon-holing this movie into a single genre is difficult. It's one part traditional krimi, one part spy movie, and one part thriller. Combined, these elements create, at least for me, a one of a kind experience that I really can't compare with much of anything I've seen before. I refuse to give the normal plot synopsis. Any plot details or other information would ruin the many twists and surprises found in The 1,000 Eyes of Dr. Mabuse. Fortunately for me, I went into the movie completely blind, knowing very little of what to expect. I would suggest not even looking over the IMDb page as vital information is presented on Mabuse's identity. The acting is good from a cast that, even if I didn't know all of the names, I recognized from years of watching WWII movies. Actors like Gert Forbe, Werner Peters, and Peter van Eyck give sold performances. Fritz Lang's direction is as competent as ever. The 1,000 Eyes of Dr. Mabuse has style to burn. Considering the movie was made more than 45 years ago, it still feels remarkably fresh. The mystery of who Dr. Mabuse is and what his fiendish plan is all about are wonderfully compelling and really pull you into the movie. The jazzy score is impossible to get out of your mind and fits well within the film. In short, it's movie like this that keeps me excited about exploring "new" cinema. If all of my first time viewings could be this entertaining, I would be very happy indeed.

If The 1,000 Eyes of Dr. Mabuse has one weakness, it's the slow pace of the second act. The pace grinds to a crawl as the police begin their investigation into the events taking place. While it's fairly interesting and Gert Forbe is a good enough actor, there's not enough action in this portion of the film when compared with what came before and what comes afterward. A little more pep in the middle third of the film would have made it a real winner with me. It's a minor issue I have with the film, but it's an issue nonetheless.

As I wrote previously, The 1,000 Eyes of Dr. Mabuse is the first Mabuse movie I've seen. After my wonderful experience with the movie, it won't be the last.


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