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The Return of Dr. Mabuse (1961)

Im Stahlnetz des Dr. Mabuse (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Mystery, Sci-Fi | 1966 (USA)
Evil mastermind Dr. Mabuse is using brainwashed prison inmates to commit crimes but the German police aided by an FBI agent is on his trail.

Director:

Harald Reinl

Writers:

Marc Behm (screenplay), Ladislas Fodor (screenplay) (as Ladislaus Fodor)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gert Fröbe ... Kommissar Lohmann
Lex Barker ... Joe Como alias 'Nick Scappio' alias 'Bob Arco'
Daliah Lavi ... Maria Sabrehm
Fausto Tozzi ... Warden Wolf
Werner Peters ... Böhmler
Wolfgang Preiss ... Dr. Mabuse
Rudolf Forster ... Professor Julius Sabrehm
Rudolf Fernau ... Pfarrer Briefenstein
Joachim Mock Joachim Mock ... Detective Voss
Laura Solari ... Mrs. Pizarro
Ady Berber ... Alberto Sandro
Henry Coubet Henry Coubet ... Blinder
Jean-Roger Caussimon ... Küster
Albert Bessler Albert Bessler ... Trödler
Lou Seitz Lou Seitz ... Mrs. Lohmann
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Commissioner Lohmann is already planning his holidays. An unexpected phone call calls him back to work. A member of Interpol was murdered. The head of an organisation wants to come into contact with the gangster organisation of chicago. But who is this? Mysterious murders happen and all trails lead to a penitentiary. But there is Joe Como, FBI agent, who is helping commissioner Lohmann. But soon Lohmann doubts Comos' identity. When Lohmann sees the name of Dr. Mabuse mentioned in a book found by a victim he believes that Dr. Mabuse is the mind behind the crimes... Written by Matthias Luehr <mluehr@htwm.de>

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He kills and kills without excuse, the evil and fiendish Dr. Mabuse ! See more »


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Country:

West Germany | France | Italy

Language:

German

Release Date:

1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Phantom Meets the Return of Dr. Mabuse See more »

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1.66 : 1
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The original German title referred to the successful TV series Stahlnetz (1958), which is based on the US police series Dragnet (1951) (it even used the famous "Dragnet" theme song). The German theatrical trailer showed the actual title "Im Stahlnetz des Dr. Mabuse", whereas the voiceover of the trailer announces "Das Stahnetz des Dr. Mabuse" (which means "The steel net..." instead of "In the steel net..."). See more »

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Professor Julius Sabrehm: God gives us nuts, but he doesn't crack them for us.
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Followed by Doctor Mabuse (2013) See more »

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God gives us nuts, but he doesn't crack them for us.
9 December 2017 | by Hey_SwedenSee all my reviews

Enjoyable German crime thriller stars Gert "Goldfinger" Frobe as police commissioner Lohmann, faced with a series of crimes perpetrated by convicts. These convicts have been turned into obedient slaves by the nefarious, mysterious mastermind Dr. Mabuse, and are able to escape prison and return there once their deeds are done. Giving Lohmann an assist is American FBI agent Joe Como (Lex Barker); also involved is a sexy female reporter, Maria Sabrehm (the delectable Daliah Lavi).

Capably directed by Harald Reinl ("The Torture Chamber of Dr. Sadism"), this is good, zesty entertainment that gets by due to effective lighting schemes, a swift pace, and a snappy script. The movie rarely stops moving, presumably to keep us focused on the story and prevent us from thinking about it too much. It's a delight to see heavyset, jovial Frobe as a hero, and Barker (just one of many Tarzan performers over the years) is solid as a character about whom you're never quite sure; whose side is he really on? Lavi is appealing while also functioning as major eye candy. The strong supporting cast includes Fausto Tozzi as the sleazy looking Warden Wolf, Werner Peters as his associate Bohmler, Wolfgang Preiss as the slippery Mabuse, Rudolf Forster as a disgraced chemist, Rudolf Fernau as a priest, and Joachim Mock as Detective Voss.

Sometimes startlingly violent (one victim is turned into a human torch), but pretty stylish throughout, "The Return of Dr. Mabuse" is just plain fun for any lover of this film series.

Seven out of 10.


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