A mysterious call summons Joe Newman to Bavaria in search of the father he believed dead for 20 years.


Quentin Lawrence


Lewis Greifer (screenplay), Louis Marks (screenplay) | 1 more credit »





Cast overview:
Stanley Baker ... Joe Newman
Georgina Ward Georgina Ward ... Maria Wienewski
Peter Cushing ... Dr. Peter von Brecht
Mai Zetterling ... Lisa Deutsch
Eric Portman ... Inspector Hofmeister
Niall MacGinnis ... Brenner (as Niall McGinnis)
Nigel Green ... Sgt. Hirsch
Barbara Everest ... Martha Gelman
Harold Scott ... Professor Gustav Schiller


A mysterious call summons Joe Newman to Bavaria in search of the father he believed dead for 20 years.

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Joe Newman: Any messages for me?
Rahn-Hotel Manager: Message, sir?
Joe Newman: From a man called Deutsch
Rahn-Hotel Manager: Deutsch... I don't think anyone of that... It wouldn't be Kurt Deutsch, would it?
Joe Newman: Yes, it would... why?
Rahn-Hotel Manager: But, he's dead. I'm very sorry sir.
Joe Newman: When did he die?
Rahn-Hotel Manager: Last week. You hadn't heard?
Joe Newman: No. I heard he died 20 years ago.
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Efficient, if a little stodgy, thriller
11 August 2013 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

THE MAN WHO FINALLY DIED is an early '60s black-and-white conspiracy thriller with enough twists to make even M. Night Shyamalan blush and a great cast of British character actors. Along with underrated leading man Stanley Baker and a typically villainous Peter Cushing, we're graced with the presence of NIGHT OF THE DEMON's Niall MacGinnis, Inspector Nayland Smith himself, Nigel Green, and plenty of others who round out various roles: tough cops, pompous officials, friendly advisers, and the like.

The film itself is one of those 'small town conspiracy' movies where it seems that everyone's in on some secret, apart from the lead of course. This generates plenty of suspense and although the film is rather dated when viewed in a modern light – cosy rather than dangerous – it proves more than adequate entertainment. It also possesses at least one twist I didn't see coming in advance, so there's kudos for that.

The film is a little slow and stodgy in places. It feels like a Bond film on occasion, with Baker arriving in an exotic (well, Germany) destination and attempting to uncover the secrets involving some evil criminal mastermind. The eventual solving of the crime ties into the Cold War in a nicely unexpected way. Yes, I could have done with some more action, some more open peril – the movie's premise is perfect for the odd chase scene, for instance – but it's hard to fault or be too hard on an efficient little thriller like this.

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Release Date:

1967 (USA) See more »

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Død eller levende See more »

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White Cross Management See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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