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Dead Eyes of London (1961)

Die toten Augen von London (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Horror, Mystery | 12 October 1966 (USA)
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 ... 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 ... Fred "Flimmer-Fred" (German version) / Flicker-Fred (English version)
Rudolf Fenner Rudolf Fenner ... Matthew "Matt" Blake
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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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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From the macabre mystery by Edgar Wallace 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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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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When Flicker-Fred falls down the elevator-well, his scream lasts 6 seconds. This would be equal to a free fall of 176 meters. See more »

Alternate Versions

Till 2003 the opening credits of the movie were shown in black & white in TV. In the theatrical version and the TV versions since 2003 they show the opening titles in red. See more »

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

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Creepy and foreboding, but unfortunately rather boring
26 March 2008 | by The_VoidSee all my reviews

The Dead Eyes of London is a film version of a novel by Edgar Wallace and is a part of the "Krimi" series of films; the German answer to the Italian Giallo, all based on books by the aforementioned writer. This novel was actually made into a film several years earlier in 1940 and starring the great Bela Lugosi; having not seen the earlier version, however, I can't say whether or not this version is better. Despite being a big Giallo fan, this is actually the first Krimi film I've seen - and while there were some things I liked about it, I have to say that I am hoping that this is not a great example of the genre as it's not all that good! As the title suggests; the film is set in London and, naturally, focuses on a series of murders and we begin with the murder of a wealthy man. Scotland Yard starts to investigate and the clue soon point to either the killer being blind or having something to do with the blind community. The police dig deeper, while the murders continue, and pretty soon the investigators are lead to a blind institute...

This film has two main problems; the plot is largely implausible and the way it plays out is rather boring. The first one of these problems is the lesser of the two; being a fan of Giallo means that I'm used to things not always making perfect sense and I don't mind a wild plot, providing it doesn't get overly silly and it's entertaining to watch. This leads me to the second problem; and that really is a big one. Director Alfred Vohrer (who apparently made a number of "Krimi" films) fails to generate much suspense and the plot is very drawn out and soon the film begins to grate on the viewer. The film seems to want to rely on its atmosphere and while the black and white cinematography does give it a creepy and foreboding feeling, which benefits the film immensely; it's really not enough to carry it all the way to it's conclusion without the film becoming boring. To the film's credit, the ending isn't bad; it provides a satisfying climax to the mystery and wraps things up in a way that is just about believable, but still it doesn't save the film completely. As mentioned, this is my first Krimi film and while I didn't like it much; I am looking forward to checking out more films from this genre.


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