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The Curse of the Hidden Vault (1964)

Die Gruft mit dem Rätselschloß (original title)
Mobsters conspire to loot another criminal's treasure secured in an enormous booby-trapped vault.




Cast overview, first billed only:
Harald Leipnitz ... Jimmy Flynn
Judith Dornys Judith Dornys ... Kathleen Kent
Rudolf Forster ... Real
Werner Peters ... Spedding
Ernst Fritz Fürbringer ... Connor
Siegfried Schürenberg Siegfried Schürenberg ... Sir John
Harry Meyen ... Inspector Angel
Vera Tschechowa ... Feder-Lissy
Ilse Steppat ... Margaret
Harry Wüstenhagen ... Goyle
Kurd Pieritz Kurd Pieritz ... Cyril
Klaus Kinski ... George
Eddi Arent ... Ferry Westlake
Kurt Waitzmann Kurt Waitzmann ... Mr. Simpson
Arthur Binder Arthur Binder ... Bat Sand


Mobsters conspire to loot another criminal's treasure secured in an enormous booby-trapped vault.

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Crime | Drama


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When locked in the vault, Westlake finds a coffin and opens it. We never see him close it. A few minutes later, Spedding enters the vault and finds the coffin, which is now closed and climbs across it. Another few seconds later, Westlake has already left the vault, and Spedding again comes across the coffin, which is now open again. See more »


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

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The mysterious door
8 June 2008 | by unbrokenmetalSee all my reviews

The beginning is memorable: a lady is rescued in a dramatic shoot-out, the words "THE END" appear - and when the camera zooms back, we realize this is a cinema, and one member of the audience has been murdered... Unfortunately, this first scene is already the best in the movie that goes on like this: an old gangster decides before his death to donate all his money to the daughter of a former victim. However, the treasure is locked behind a mysterious door, and every move of the girl is watched by other gangsters. The cast includes the usual suspects like Werner Peters (excellent!), Harald Leipnitz and the ubiquitous Kinski, but for the two very important roles of the heiress and the inspector, Judith Dornys and Harry Meyen were chosen who never appeared in a movie of the Wallace series before or after, and they are just not Dor and Fuchsberger. Meyen looks like a bank clerk rather than a law enforcer. But also for the story and more reasons, "Die Gruft mit dem Rätselschloß" by F.J.Gottlieb is not quite on the same level as the movies directed by Reinl or Vohrer for the series, simple truth.

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Release Date:

30 April 1964 (West Germany) See more »

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The Curse of the Hidden Vault See more »

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Berlin, Germany See more »

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Rialto Film See more »
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2.35 : 1
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