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Mark of the Tortoise (1964)

Wartezimmer zum Jenseits (original title)
The nephew of a murdered millionaire decides to track down his uncle's killer. He faces many life-threatening dangers as he tries to break into the inner circle of the sinister criminal "The Tortoise."

Director:

Alfred Vohrer

Writers:

James Hadley Chase (novel), Eberhard Keindorff (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Hildegard Knef ... Laura Lorelli
Götz George ... Donald 'Don' Micklem
Richard Münch Richard Münch ... Marchese Mario Orlandi di Alsconi
Heinz Reincke ... Inspector Dickes
Carl Lange ... Crantor
Pinkas Braun ... Felix
Adelheid Seeck ... Lady Helen Bradley
Hans Paetsch ... Sir Cyrus Bradley
Jan Hendriks ... Carlos
Joachim Rake Joachim Rake ... Butler Dixon
Klaus Kinski ... Shapiro
Hans Clarin ... Harry Mason
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The nephew of a murdered millionaire decides to track down his uncle's killer. He faces many life-threatening dangers as he tries to break into the inner circle of the sinister criminal "The Tortoise."

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Crime | Action | Thriller

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References Cleopatra (1963) See more »

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non-Edgar-Wallace German "krimi" with stunning Hildegard Knef
28 August 2003 | by django-1See all my reviews

Although this 1964 German "krimi" b&w crime film has the look and feel of one of the Edgar Wallace based films (although it doesn't have as many outrageous plot contrivances!), it's actually based on a novel by the great crime novelist James Hadley Chase and features the stunning Hildegard Knef in the lead role, along with Gotz George, a name familiar to any fan of 60s German films. Knef, first seen in the film as a platinum blonde with a hairdo that retro girls would kill for, brings an air of icy yet seductive intrigue to the film, and it's a shame she did not make more of these. The plot, about a gang of blackmailers led by a crippled mastermind who is motivated by misanthropy, moves quickly and director Alfred Vohrer, an old hand at creating a bleak, mysterious atmosphere in his crime films, has created a gem of a krimi film with MARK OF THE TORTOISE. It has all the good qualities of the Edgar Wallace series, yet is quite different and a change of pace...largely due to the presence of the great Hildegard Knef.


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Country:

West Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

April 1964 (Austria) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

DEM1,400,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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