1 user 1 critic

Blue Blood 

Blaues Blut (original title)
Heinrich von Alternberg returns home to find that the estate his father has left him is penniless. The non-conformist German count decides to adopt a more everyday appellation of Henry ... See full summary »




1990   1989  


Learn more

More Like This 

Delirium (1987)
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A former hooker runs a successful men's magazine. An obsessed admirer systematically slaughters her models (occasionally increasing the magazine's output) and supplies the mistress with ... See full summary »

Director: Lamberto Bava
Stars: Serena Grandi, Daria Nicolodi, Vanni Corbellini
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A duke dies and leaves the title and wealth to his adult son. But who's the real son: the found baby raised in USA or the abandoned baby raised by a Hindi family in London? Comedy follows.

Director: Robert Young
Stars: Eric Idle, Rick Moranis, Barbara Hershey
The Red Skelton Hour (1951–2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Long-running weekly show that spotlighted legendary comedian and beloved television clown, Red Skelton. Each show featured comedy skits, gags, and vignettes starring Skelton and guest performers.

Stars: Red Skelton, David Rose and His Orchestra, Art Gilmore
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A young woman abducts and subjects a doctor to various sexual torture acts whom she holds responsible for the death of her boyfriend.

Director: Lucio Fulci
Stars: Brett Halsey, Corinne Cléry, Blanca Marsillach
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

This British anthology series, which was produced by England's leading exporters of horror films, told tales of haunted houses, demons, ghosts, and other supernatural wonders.

Stars: Nicholas Ball, Anna Calder-Marshall, Christopher Cazenove
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4/10 X  

Marina is a woman who never says no...to men, money and fame! Determined to climb the social ladder, she works her way up from a marriage of a millionaire prince. At last, she's living the ... See full summary »

Director: Carlo Vanzina
Stars: Carol Alt, Elliott Gould, Jean Rochefort
Comedy | Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

During the Alaska gold rush, prospector George sends partner Sam to Seattle to bring his fiancée but when it turns out that she married another man, Sam returns with a pretty substitute, the hostess of the Henhouse dance hall.

Director: Henry Hathaway
Stars: John Wayne, Stewart Granger, Ernie Kovacs
Red Sun (1971)
Action | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

In 1870, a gang robs a train and steals a ceremonial Japanese sword meant as a gift from Japan to the U.S. President, prompting a manhunt to retrieve it.

Director: Terence Young
Stars: Charles Bronson, Toshirô Mifune, Alain Delon
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Zookeepers struggle to deal with the policies of changing directors.

Directors: Fred Schepisi, Robert Young
Stars: John Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline
Comedy | Crime | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The bumbling Inspector Clouseau travels to Rome to catch a notorious jewel thief known as "The Phantom" before he conducts his most daring heist yet: a princess' priceless diamond with one slight imperfection, known as "The Pink Panther".

Directors: Blake Edwards, Hawley Pratt
Stars: David Niven, Peter Sellers, Robert Wagner
Hell on Wheels (2011–2016)
Drama | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

The Civil War is past, but former Confederate soldier Cullen Bohannon can't put it behind him. Fresh are the memories of the death of his wife, killed at the hands of the Union soldiers, an act that sets him on a course of revenge.

Stars: Anson Mount, Colm Meaney, Robin McLeavy
Blue Bloods (TV Series 2010)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Revolves around a family of New York cops.

Stars: Donnie Wahlberg, Bridget Moynahan, Will Estes


Series cast summary:
Albert Fortell ...  Graf Henry von Altenberg 10 episodes, 1989-1990
Capucine ...  Gräfin Simone von Altenberg 7 episodes, 1989-1990
Ursula Karven ...  Lisa Prentice 7 episodes, 1989-1990


Heinrich von Alternberg returns home to find that the estate his father has left him is penniless. The non-conformist German count decides to adopt a more everyday appellation of Henry Altern and earn his keep through private detective work, discovering he has a knack for it. Often, he's aided by his ex-wife, journalist Lisa Prentice. Written by Jack Yan

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Crime | Drama


See all certifications »



West Germany | UK



Release Date:

9 March 1989 (Belgium) See more »

Also Known As:

Scandalous See more »

Filming Locations:

Munich, Bavaria, Germany See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


(10 episodes)

Sound Mix:




Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Ein, zwei, drei: my Lord, it's the German count
23 December 2005 | by Jack_YanSee all my reviews

Take the creator and the producer of The Professionals, the composer of Beverly Hills Cop, and you should have a sure-fire hit, correct? Blue Blood was a München-made version of a series that Brian Clemens had written but had set in England initially; but when English backing was not forthcoming, the concept was altered and the setting shifted to suit the money source. The English lord—an idea Clemens explored with The Persuaders—became, ein, zwei, drei, a German count.

The result is fairly pleasing, with Austrian actor Albert Fortell playing Count Heinrich von Alternberg, a.k.a. Henry Altern, with great sincerity. And he has sufficient charisma to play a count, albeit a penniless one driven to private investigating to pay the bills. Capucine plays his mother in one of her final roles, with the sort of class one would expect of her. Ursula Karven plays Henry's ex-wife, Lisa Prentice, who conveniently happens to be an investigative journalist who can help him solve crimes.

Being a penniless aristocrat, Altern does not have the funds to make his character particularly different to others of this ilk—Amos Burke he is not. But as he goes from case to case, there are those who adore a chance at snobbery by associating with him; and despite being broke, it appears that his title is useful credit for renting a luxury apartment in one episode. However, the back-story of his being a titled German doesn't seem to impact greatly (and probably doesn't work well in countries that got rid of their monarchies a long time ago); hints of his near-participation in the Olympics (for skiing) and his thirst for adventure were more relevant. One episode, 'Deadly Weekend', was told in flashback, to explain that he had an amateurish knack for solving crimes—though the script was one of the weakest among the nine stories.

The scripts are generally acceptable, though one might label them 'Eurobland'. There is usually a rather simple plot at the core, layered with a few minor twists. The stories lack the sophistication of what Clemens had turned out for The Professionals, but are on a par with most private-eye series of the late 1980s. Sidney Hayers' direction has plenty of pace for any idiosyncrasies to be readily ignored; and the continental European settings in Germany, France, Italy, Spain and Austria help endow the show with a little exoticism compared to British and American fare. Guest stars such as Lewis Collins (from The Professionals), Franco Nero, and Lauren Hutton contribute to Blue Blood's globe- (or at least continent-) trotting idea. German pop songs sung in English, occasionally used for incidental music, are period but pleasant.

And when there is a pretty enough female guest star—such as Swiss actress Denise Virieux—Karven conveniently goes missing from that episode's cast.

If you seek character development, look elsewhere. Like The New Avengers and The Professionals, Clemens' earlier shows, everything is wrapped up at the end of the hour, and the question of whether Henry and Lisa would ever reconcile is never answered. By the next episode, it's all reset anyway. Henry still has no money, Lisa is on another story that happens to coincide with something Henry gets hired for, and Mum just potters around at a castle with no heating.

The series was actually filmed in English, and one quirk of this was that Karven was unable to dub herself in the German version due to other commitments. Oddly, she was criticized at the time in Germany for her weak voice in Hörzu magazine. But the original English dialogue is acceptable, if dull—something that probably keeps Blue Blood from being repeated too often, and classes it as lacking mainstream appeal. There's little banter between Fortell and Karven: Clemens was probably trying too hard to ensure dialogue that could translate, and lost the charm in the process. Either that, or he could not master the idea of German humour. A shame—Blue Blood is a perfectly acceptable, but slightly too short-lived, crime series.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See one user review »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial

Recently Viewed