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The Black Abbot (1963)

Der schwarze Abt (original title)
Several employees on a nobleman's estate show up at a former abbey, reputed to be haunted, to search for a hidden treasure. Howver, a mysterious hooded figure begins killing off those who may have figured out where the treasure is hidden.

Director:

Franz Josef Gottlieb (as F.J. Gottlieb)

Writers:

Edgar Wallace (novel), Johannes Kai | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Joachim Fuchsberger ... Dick Alford
Grit Boettcher ... Leslie Gine
Dieter Borsche ... Lord Harry Chelford
Charles Regnier Charles Regnier ... Detective Puddler
Eva Ingeborg Scholz Eva Ingeborg Scholz ... Mary Wenner
Werner Peters ... Fabian Gilder
Alice Treff ... Lady Chelford
Harry Wüstenhagen Harry Wüstenhagen ... Arthur Gine
Friedrich Schoenfelder Friedrich Schoenfelder ... Dr. Loxon
Eddi Arent ... Horatio W. Smith
Klaus Kinski ... Thomas Fortuna
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Storyline

Several employees on a nobleman's estate show up at a former abbey, reputed to be haunted, to search for a hidden treasure. Howver, a mysterious hooded figure begins killing off those who may have figured out where the treasure is hidden.

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Crime | Thriller

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Country:

West Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

5 July 1963 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

The Black Abbot See more »

Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Klangfilm-Eurocord-Magnetocord)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This film marks the first in Rialto's Edgar Wallace Series that the director, in this case Franz Josef Gottlieb, was officially credited as a co-writer of the screenplay. He also received a screen credit for Die Gruft mit dem Rätselschloß (1964). See more »

Quotes

Arthur Gine: Now why does Lord Chelford keep that dick Alfred around?
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Spoofed in Der Wixxer (2004) See more »

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Confusing, but stick with it
9 November 2013 | by Joseph_GillisSee all my reviews

This one is closer to the straight drama of the British Edgar Wallace series, despite the presence of the ubiquitous Eddi Aren't, whose presence serves to lighten the tone; on this occasion he's the assistant to the investigating police officer, and displays an unexpected talent for wrestling.

It features so many characters and subplots - swindlers and forgers, gold-diggers and blackmailers; to name just four - that it's quite easy to get lost in the plot, or sub-plots, but as long as you concentrate on the main plot thread that treasure is buried in the grounds of Lord Chelford's estate; that it is being protected by a mysterious 'Black Abbott' figure; and that literally everybody wants to get their hands on it, you can settle back and let the proceedings unfold. It helps,also, that the investigating officer seems to have an uncanny knack of getting to the heart of the matter - without seemingly doing much investigating - and thus does all the figuring out for you.

Aren't aside, it boasts wonderful ensemble playing from actors, many of whom I've come to know and love as staples of the series, including Joachim Fuchsberger, as Dick Alford; Werner Peters, as Fabian Gilder, and a young Klaus Kinski, as an ex-con butler.

The film has a number of good nocturnal chase scenes, excitingly filmed. It also boasts a wonderfully kitschy soundtrack.

Ratings-wise, I'd probably say 7/10: the first-third of the film where too many characters are introduced causes it to drag, unduly; the final third more than makes up for it in my book; as does the ensemble playing, the chase and fight scenes; the music, and the nocturnal cinematography.


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