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Die seltsame Gräfin (1961)

A girl is almost murdered, but no explainable motive can be found until a 20 year old murder is uncovered and linked to the case.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Joachim Fuchsberger ... Inspektor Michael 'Mike' Dorn
Brigitte Grothum ... Margaret Loais Reedle, geb. Moron / Pinder
Lil Dagover ... Gräfin / Lady Leonora Moron
Marianne Hoppe ... Mary Pinder, verw. Moron
Rudolf Fernau ... Dr. Tappatt
Klaus Kinski ... Bresset
Richard Häussler ... Chesney Praye
Edith Hancke Edith Hancke ... Lizzy Smith
Eddi Arent ... Lord Selwyn 'Selly' Moron
Fritz Rasp ... Rechtsanwalt Shaddle
Reinhard Kolldehoff ... Kriminalassistent Oliver Frank aka Butler John Addams
Alexander Engel Alexander Engel ... Patient
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Storyline

A girl is almost murdered, but no explainable motive can be found until a 20 year old murder is uncovered and linked to the case.

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Adventure | Crime

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Country:

West Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

8 November 1961 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

The Strange Countess See more »

Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Rialto Film See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Klangfilm-Eurocord)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Marianne Koch was considered for the part of Margaret Reedle. See more »

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After the countess poisoned herself and lies dead on the ground, she can be seen breathing heavily. See more »

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

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Steadily paced and atmospheric Krimi flick
6 July 2009 | by The_VoidSee all my reviews

The Strange Countess is one of the earlier German Edgar Wallace adaptations (or 'Krimi' films) and it's also one of the best. As always, the film takes place in the UK; although all the actors are German. The story itself is fairly strong and presents a good mystery that keeps the audience guessing and interested for the duration. However, the best thing about the film is undoubtedly the varied array of characters, which are all good in their own right and help to further the plot. The story itself focuses on Margaret Reedle; a secretary to a lawyer who is being tormented by phone calls. She has been offered another job with a Countess Moron, and has decided to take it. However, Scotland Yard has learned that somebody is out to kill the young girl and so have put their best man - Inspector Mike Dorn - in charge of keeping her safe. Around the same time, a Mary Pinder is being released from prison. She was put away twenty years earlier for poisoning, and seems to have some connection to the attempted murders.

The pacing of the film is very steady and it has to be said that there's not a great deal of real excitement in the film. However, the film works in spite of that as the story and characters are interesting enough in their own right. The mystery builds patiently throughout and small details are spoon-fed to the viewer. The bulk of the film takes place inside a sprawling and lavish mansion and this makes an excellent setting for the film and lays on a thick Gothic atmosphere. The murder attempts are good and include things such as bombing and poisoning - a near fall to the death from a balcony is the highlight in that respect. Most of the central cast will be familiar to anyone who is a fan of this sort of film as most of them appeared in other genre entries. As the plot nears the end, things get more and more complicated; and it has to be said that things get a little muddled by the end and the film loses its patient approach that served so well earlier on. Still, this is a very nice little mystery film and the climax is satisfying enough.


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