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Secret of the Red Orchid (1962)

Das Rätsel der roten Orchidee (original title)
Rival gangsters from Chicago move to London and attempt to extort money from rich Britons.

Director:

Helmuth Ashley

Writers:

Edgar Wallace (novel), Egon Eis (screenplay) (as Trygve Larsen)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Christopher Lee ... Captain Allerman
Adrian Hoven ... Inspector Weston
Marisa Mell ... Lilian Ranger
Pinkas Braun ... Edwin
Christiane Nielsen ... Cora Minelli (as Christian Nielsen)
Eric Pohlmann ... Kerkie Minelli
Fritz Rasp ... Tanner
Wolfgang Büttner Wolfgang Büttner ... Chief Inspector Tetley
Herbert A.E. Böhme ... Oberst Drood
Günther Jerschke ... Mr. Shelby
Sigrid von Richthofen Sigrid von Richthofen ... Mrs. Moore
Hans Paetsch Hans Paetsch ... Lord Arlington
Edgar Wenzel Edgar Wenzel ... Babyface
Klaus Kinski ... Steve
Eddi Arent ... Parker
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Storyline

Rival gangsters from Chicago move to London and attempt to extort money from rich Britons.

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Certificate:

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Details

Country:

West Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

1 March 1962 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Secret of the Red Orchid See more »

Filming Locations:

Cuxhaven, Lower Saxony, Germany See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Rialto Film See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Klangfilm Eurocord-Magnetocord)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Sir Christopher Lee's voice was dubbed by another actor for the English language version, but he is heard in the original German version. His German is pretty good. See more »

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

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I can't see much reason to see this one...
14 November 2009 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Terrible Dubbing Alert!! This DVD of MYSTERY OF THE ORHCID is terrible, as it only has the very poorly dubbed English version. The original German dialog is not an option and this is a shame, as I would have loved to hear Christopher Lee speaking German. Plus, the dubbing was done so badly I just hated the film. Oddly, while Lee and Klaus Kinski speak English, neither does their own dubbing and voices that sound nothing like theirs are used instead. Often, the silliest voices are used--sounding very fake and stupid. However, take note--my review is ONLY for this dubbed version. The original film might be a lot better and worth seeing--especially since some dubbings actually change around the plot and even produce a very different movie from the original.

The film is a gangster flick--just the sort of thing you wouldn't expect to see with Christopher Lee--especially since he plays an American FBI man. It begins with one gang of mobsters wiping out another. Then, the mobster who was responsible is shown being deported. Soon after, various rich folks start receiving extortion letters--they either must pay or die! Oddly, in a mistranslation, they call it 'blackmail'--a slightly different crime.

Frankly, this is an incredibly dull film from start to finish--despite its extortion plot. With lousy dubbing, bad music and lousy writing, I can't see much reason to waste your time with this one.


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