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The Devil's Daffodil (1961)

Das Geheimnis der gelben Narzissen (original title)
A Chinese detective breaks up a drug smuggling ring and tries to find the "Daffodil Killer". The drug smugglers had devised the ingenious method of smuggling heroin from Hong Kong in the stems of daffodils.

Director:

Ákos Ráthonyi (as Akos von Rathony)

Writers:

Basil Dawson, Egon Eis (screenplay) (as Trygve Larsen) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Joachim Fuchsberger ... Jack Tarling
William Lucas ... Jack Tarling (English Version)
Sabine Sesselmann ... Anne Ryder (as Sabina Sesselmann)
Penelope Horner ... Anne Rider (English Version)
Klaus Kinski ... Peter Keene
Colin Jeavons ... Peter Keene (English Version)
Ingrid van Bergen ... Gloria
Albert Lieven ... Raymond Lyne
Jan Hendriks Jan Hendriks ... Charles
Marius Goring ... Oliver Milburgh
Peter Illing ... Mr. Putek
Walter Gotell ... Oberinspektor Whiteside / Supt. Whiteside
Christopher Lee ... Ling Chu
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A Chinese detective breaks up a drug smuggling ring and tries to find the "Daffodil Killer". The drug smugglers had devised the ingenious method of smuggling heroin from Hong Kong in the stems of daffodils.

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It Shatteres the Evil World of DOLLS - DOPE and the DEATH-DEALERS! See more »

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Country:

UK | West Germany

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

20 July 1961 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Daffodil Killer See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

According to various sources, this was the first co-production between West Germany and the United Kingdom after World War II. See more »

Alternate Versions

Produced in a German and English release, with the same crew but different actors. See more »

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

Soundtracks

Bei mir ist alles nur Natur
by Keith Papworth
Lyrics by Ute Kuntze-Just
Performed by Ingrid van Bergen
(Note: german release)
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Convoluted but worthwhile
16 April 2016 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

THE DEVIL'S DAFFODIL is a packed-to-the-brim Edgar Wallace krimi, made in Germany but filmed in the UK. It's the kind of film that you have to watch closely because the plot is very dense and just working out who's who and the relationships between the characters is tricky indeed. Still, there's plenty to recommend about this one, not least the moody black and white photography and the antics of a knife-wielding masked killer who adds plenty of thrills to the picture.

Cast-wise, chiefly of interest is none other than Christopher Lee, once again playing a Chinese guy. I'm not sure why Lee always ended up cast as an Oriental but he certainly makes for an imposing presence here and it's nice to see him playing a good guy for a change. He's a Charlie Chan-style investigator, prone to reciting proverbs at the most inconvenient times. He's a real hoot.

Lee is supported by an erstwhile cast, including the familiar faces of Walter Gotell and Marius Goring, and there's a nice turn from a typically twitchy Klaus Kinski, just in the process of becoming a big star in Germany. THE DEVIL'S DAFFODIL is an unashamed B-movie throughout, and one that has much in common with the British thrillers of the 1950s that were being churned out by Nettlefold Studios and the like. However, the low budget is put to fine use and there's certainly never a dull moment here.


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