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The Mysterious Magician (1964)

Der Hexer (original title)
The sister of a famous, but as yet uncaught, criminal named The Hexer is murdered. Inspector Higgins of Scotland Yard believes that The Hexer will surface to take his revenge on his ... See full summary »


Alfred Vohrer


Herbert Reinecker (screenplay), Edgar Wallace (novel)




Complete credited cast:
Joachim Fuchsberger ... Inspector Bryan Edgar Higgins
Heinz Drache ... James W. Wesby
Sophie Hardy ... Elise Penton
Siegfried Lowitz ... Inspektor Warren
Carl Lange ... Reverend Hopkins
Margot Trooger ... Cora Ann Milton
Jochen Brockmann ... Maurice Messer
Siegfried Schürenberg Siegfried Schürenberg ... Sir John
Karl John ... Shelby
Kurt Waitzmann Kurt Waitzmann ... Reddingwood
Anneli Sauli ... Jean Osbourne (as Ann Savo)
Hilde Sessak ... Wardress
Petra von der Linde ... Gwenda Milton (as Petra v.d. Linde)
Eddi Arent ... Archibald Finch
René Deltgen ... Henry Arthur 'Der Hexer' Milton


The sister of a famous, but as yet uncaught, criminal named The Hexer is murdered. Inspector Higgins of Scotland Yard believes that The Hexer will surface to take his revenge on his sister's killers, and plans to set a trap to finally capture him. However, soon bodies start piling up, and it looks as if The Hexer may get away yet again. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Crime | Mystery


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Producer Horst Wendlandt kept the last pages of the screenplay in a safe and had each of the leading actors sign a special insurance document in order to keep the surprise ending a secret. See more »


A view into a yard trough a window in Arthur Milton's house is obviously shot through a window set on the top of a structure. A shot from the inner yard reveals that there is no house where the room should be. In the "room" sunlight can be seen reflected on the actors which could only be possible if the room had no ceiling. Furthermore, a shadow of the camera can be seen on actor Siegfried Lowitz. See more »


Edited from The Squeaker (1963) See more »

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The best film of the Edgar Wallace series
11 June 1999 | by LiedzeitSee all my reviews

During the sixties and early seventies dozens of Edgar Wallace films were made in Germany, all of them highly popular. Most of them black and white, most of them with Eddi Aren't and Siegfried Schürenberg two of the unknown geniuses of German cinema. This one is the best of the lot. The sister of a famous retired criminal, Arthur Milton, aka der Hexer, (literally the Magician but I think called the Ringer in the Wallace book) is murdered. Scottland Yard thinks that Milton will return to revenge her. Inspector Higgins (Joachim Fuchsberger in typical role) with the help of Warren (Siefried Löwitz) is trying to get him. There is also a mysterious Australian writer called Wesby (Heinz Drache). Is he the Hexer? One by one of the murderers is killed by the Hexer. Very questionable ethics, of course. But our sympathies are with him. You never see him until the very end, but you see his wife, played by the most elegant of German actresses, Margot Trooger. And a man with a wife like that cannot be really bad. There is wonderful innocent sixties charm all the way through, suspense and humour which make this film a true highlite. Siegfried Schürenberg as Sir John has one of the best running gags in movie history there. "Das hätten Sie doch berücksichtigen müssen." (You should have thought of that). Nice twist ending. The only post war German movie that ranks among the best films ever made.

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Release Date:

21 August 1964 (West Germany) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Klangfilm Eurocord-Magnetocord)


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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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