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Dead Eyes of London (1961)

Die toten Augen von London (original title)
Wealthy, heavily insured men are being murdered at an alarming rate. Scotland Yard investigates and finds clues that lead to a ring of blind men, led by a mysterious "reverend."

Director:

Alfred Vohrer

Writers:

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

Complete credited cast:
Joachim Fuchsberger ... Inspektor Larry Holt
Karin Baal ... Eleanor "Nora" Ward, geb. Finlay
Dieter Borsche ... David Judd / Mr. Lennox / Reverend Paul Dearborn
Wolfgang Lukschy Wolfgang Lukschy ... Stephan Judd
Eddi Arent ... Sergeant / Inspektor S. "Sunny" Harvey
Anneli Sauli ... Fanny Weldon (as Ann Savo)
Bobby Todd Bobby Todd ... Lew Norris
Franz Schafheitlin Franz Schafheitlin ... Sir John
Ady Berber ... Jacob "Der blinde Jack" Farrell (as Adi Berber)
Harry Wüstenhagen Harry Wüstenhagen ... Fred "Flimmer-Fred" (German version) / Flicker-Fred (English version)
Rudolf Fenner Rudolf Fenner ... Matthew "Matt" Blake
Hans Paetsch Hans Paetsch ... Gordon Stuart
Ida Ehre ... Ella Ward
Fritz Schröder-Jahn Fritz Schröder-Jahn ... Sir John Archibald
Klaus Kinski ... Edgar Strauss
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Storyline

Wealthy, heavily insured men are being murdered at an alarming rate. Scotland Yard investigates and finds clues that lead to a ring of blind men, led by a mysterious "reverend."

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Danger lurks everywhere as killers seek their victims from every street, alley and doorway! See more »


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

West Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

12 October 1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dead Eyes of London See more »

Filming Locations:

Hamburg, Germany See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Rialto Film See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Klangfilm Eurocord-Magnetocord)

Color:

Black and White | Color (opening credits)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Shown on WOR-TV on Sunday November 17, 1968, directly opposite the New York Jets/Oakland Raiders football game (the infamous "Heidi Game") on NBC. See more »

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Spoofed in Der Wixxer (2004) See more »

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DEAD EYES OF London (Alfred Vohrer, 1961) **1/2
21 May 2007 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

This remake of DARK EYES OF London (1940), from an Edgar Wallace novel, joins the mere handful of Krimis that I've watched over the years; as far as I can recall, these extend to just 3 DR. MABUSE entries and CIRCUS OF FEAR (1966). I know many are ardent fans of this type of film but, personally, I don't think they have the same rewatchability value as the contemporaneous Italian gialli.

The film is marked by directorial stylistics – arresting shock cuts, inventive transition between scenes (including the iris effect), etc. – and an avant-gardist score. It goes on too long, however, by having an inordinately convoluted plot that involves numerous characters; the original – a British B-movie – was, by necessity, far more compact and, consequently, more direct and effective. Still, the basic thriller elements remain undeniably engaging and the noir-ish atmosphere is thickly laid on (though undermined by the dupey, splicey print on the Retromedia DVD) – making the film quite enjoyable if, ultimately, nothing special.

The cast is O.K.: likable middle-aged lead, attractive female roles, slightly overstated comic-relief sidekick; Bela Lugosi's role in the original is split into two here; the blind killer – played by a Tor Johnson look-alike former wrestler – is, again, depicted as a hairy grotesque; and it also features a young but typically intense Klaus Kinski in a supporting role.


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