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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 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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Did You Know?


This is the only time actors Heinz Drache and Joachim Fuchsberger have ever appeared on screen together. See more »


A short scene with Finch buying a newspaper on Piccadilly Circus is footage taken from The Squeaker. Although wearing a bowler hat, Arent's sideburns are visibly shorter than in preceding and following scenes. See more »


Spoofed in Der Wixxer (2004) See more »

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Enjoyable watch.
24 November 2010 | by Boba_Fett1138See all my reviews

It's obvious that this movie was supposed to be the German answer to the popular James Bond franchise. In the '60's, actually quite an handful of these sort of spy/detective movies got made but most of them are forgotten now days, including the British and American ones, while in fact they actually were some quite amusing movies to watch. And this movie is also definitely an enjoyable one but not really the best to be based off Edgar Wallace's work.

It remains a bit weird to see all of these German movies, based on Edgar Wallace his novels, which are set in London and features some all-British characters, with all-British names. But no, this all seems to matter very little when watching this movie, since it's quite hard to take it all very seriously. It's a movie made purely for entertainment and it's being a quite silly one with its story and somewhat quirky characters (just like a James Bond movie).

But the series of movies based on the Edgar Wallace novels definitely have some better movies to offer than this one. This isn't really the most exciting watch and at times I wished more would be happening in the story. It all remains quite simplistic, which does certainly go at the expense of its entertainment value at times.

Other than that, it still remains a well made movie. It obviously didn't cost an awful lot of money to make but they did a more than decent job with its resources. It's actually also being a quite creative movie to watch at times, with it directing and cinematography. Perhaps you could say that the movie also benefits from the fact that it's shot in black & white, since somehow I think the movie would had been a far more silly one to watch had it been done in full color.

Not the greatest but still a enjoyable enough, short watch.



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Release Date:

21 August 1964 (West Germany) See more »

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Berlin, 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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