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Die Tür mit den 7 Schlössern (1962)

A woman arrives at a lonely mansion and finds herself mixed up with a lunatic who has built his own torture chamber, which is already crowded with victims - and he plans to make her his next one.

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Alfred Vohrer

Writers:

Edgar Wallace (novel), Harald G. Petersson (as Harald Petersson-Giertz) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Heinz Drache ... Inspektor Richard "Dick" Martin
Sabine Sesselmann ... Sybil Lansdown (as Sabina Sesselmann)
Eddi Arent ... Kriminalassistent Holms
Pinkas Braun ... Dr. Antonio Staletti
Hans Nielsen Hans Nielsen ... Mr. Haveloc
Gisela Uhlen Gisela Uhlen ... Emely Cody, geb. Cawler
Werner Peters ... Bertram Cody
Jan Hendriks Jan Hendriks ... Tom Cawler
Ady Berber ... Peter Cawler / Giacco
Siegfried Schürenberg Siegfried Schürenberg ... Sir John
Friedrich Joloff Friedrich Joloff ... Hausmeister Burt
Klaus Kinski ... Pheeny
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A woman arrives at a lonely mansion and finds herself mixed up with a lunatic who has built his own torture chamber, which is already crowded with victims - and he plans to make her his next one.

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Country:

West Germany | France

Language:

German

Release Date:

6 February 1963 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Door with 7 Locks See more »

Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Klangfilm Eurocord)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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In the first draft of the screenplay by Johannes Kai, Selford Manor burns to the ground in the end. Producer Horst Wendlandt demanded that part to be re-written because he was afraid of too many costs. See more »

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Remake of Chamber of Horrors (1940) See more »

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More Fun From The Edgar Wallace Team
26 January 2017 | by jrd_73See all my reviews

Having enjoyed Rialto Film's later, color filled Edgar Wallace adaptations, I recently decided to give the earlier black and white adaptations a try. So far, my favorite from that period, just ahead of The Dark Eyes of London, is The Door with 7 Locks.

I'm not sure the mystery holds completely together, but it is a great pulp set up. Seven keys are being held by seven rather unscrupulous individuals, all of whom worked for a deceased lord whose son is supposed to inherit everything on his twenty-first birthday. The seven keys fit into seven locks which open a door in a castle, but what is behind that door? Scotland Yard inspector Dick Martin comes into the case after the murder of two of the key holders. Martin romances Sybil, a librarian distantly related to the deceased lord and banters with his superior Sir John and the comic relief. This comic relief is once again played by Eddi A-r-e-n-t (no apostrophe in his name, auto-correct). Here, he is playing an inspector who, in spite of having the last name of "Holmes," has less than stellar deduction skills. However, the two most welcome returning actors are Pinkas Braun, the dashing villain from Secret of the Red Orchid and Ady Berber, the Tor Johnson lookalike who played Blind Jack in The Dead Eyes of London. Here, Berber's character Giacco strikes such fear into an intended victim that just hearing his name causes the target to grab a Sten Submachine gun and start blasting.

I do not know how close the film is to the source material, but the film is a highly enjoyable mystery. Unfortunately, Klaus Kinski is bumped off too early. Recommended!


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