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The Squeaker (1963)

Der Zinker (original title)
Scotland Yard investigates a series of murders where the victims have died by snake venom poisoning.


Alfred Vohrer


Edgar Wallace (novel), Harald G. Petersson (screenplay) (as H.G. Petersson)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Heinz Drache ... Inspector Bill Elford
Barbara Rütting ... Beryl Stedman
Günter Pfitzmann Günter Pfitzmann ... Frankie Sutton
Jan Hendriks ... Thomas Leslie
Inge Langen ... Millie Trent
Agnes Windeck ... Mrs. Nancy Mulford
Wolfgang Wahl Wolfgang Wahl ... Sergeant Lomm
Siegfried Wischnewski ... Der Lord
Siegfried Schürenberg Siegfried Schürenberg ... Sir Geoffrey Fielding
Albert Bessler Albert Bessler ... Butler James
Heinz Spitzner Heinz Spitzner ... Dr. Green
Erik von Loewis Erik von Loewis ... Juwelier
Stanislav Ledinek Stanislav Ledinek ... Der Champ
Winfried Groth Winfried Groth ... Jimmy
Eddi Arent ... Josua Harras


Scotland Yard investigates a series of murders where the victims have died by snake venom poisoning.

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The first film of the Edgar Wallace Series to be shot in an aspect ratio of 2,35:1. In order to be able to include some insert shots of London, new material had to be shot on location in UltraScope. In all the previous films of the series, archive footage from "Der Frosch mit der Maske" and "Das Geheimnis der gelben Narzissen". See more »


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

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slithering Kinski!
8 August 2003 | by goblinhairedguySee all my reviews

Another enjoyable Edgar Wallace krimi. Definitely one of the creepiest, with young Klaus Kinski slithering around in a wild animal emporium and french-kissing tropical snakes. It's all set in a dank, slushy London winter, where an arch-criminal called The Snake is avenging himself using blow-dart-propelled venom. There's also a bibulous old lady who loves lurid murder mysteries, the indispensable Eddie Arent as an eager reporter who plays invisible ping-pong, a cigarette-smoking stuffed deer, and a couple of those signature point-of-view trick shots from director Vohrer. The pace is a bit stodgy and the Squeaker doesn't seem to be involved much at all -- it sure doesn't resemble the older British version. The Sinister Cinema tape for once features the original intro with the author's name violently spelled out in bullet holes.

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Release Date:

26 April 1963 (West Germany) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Klangfilm Eurocord-Magnetocord)


Color (opening credits)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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