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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 (screenplay), Donald Taylor (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
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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 ... 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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The Girl With the Golden Arm... See more »

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Trivia

Elke Sommer was considered for the part of Anne Rider. See more »

Goofs

Marius Goring plays a character called Oliver Milburgh. At around Minute 84 there is a picture of him in a newspaper. Now his name is Charles Milburgh. See more »

Alternate Versions

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

Connections

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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Flowers? For me? Why, thank you Mr. Sadist Killer!
23 December 2020 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

These German Krimi movies, based on the stories of Edgar Wallace, are by definition infamous for their convoluted and hectic screenplays, but with its numerous twists and turns "The Devil's Daffodil" truly is the cinematic equivalent of a pretzel! You won't hear me say this is the greatest movie ever made, but there is plenty of exiting stuff going on and you won't get bored for a second. The film literally opens with a double bang, namely the vicious murder of an exotic dancer in her dressing room and the explosion of a discovered drug cargo in the customs' office. The two events are undoubtedly related, since the drugs were hidden in the stems of daffodils and the killer threw a handful of flowers on victim's body; - also daffodils. The murder streak continues, with daffodil-covered corpses popping up all over London, and Scotland Yard teams up with an odd Chinese super-detective. Excellent cast, with Krimi-regulars Joachim Fuchsberger and Klaus Kinski, and the unsurpassable Christopher Lee depicting yet another Oriental character (what he also did in "Terror of the Tongs" and a handful of "Fu Manchu" movies). There's much less sinister atmosphere than in other Krimi movies I recently watched, but the pacing is good and there are gruesome & inventive death sequences. The mandatory comic relief is also missing here, unless you consider Lee's recurring line "There's an old Chinese saying..." as comical.


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Country:

UK | West Germany

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

20 May 1962 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Daffodil Killer See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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