Krimi: Edgar Wallace Gesamt edition 1959-1972

German Universum UFA 33 DVD box of all the Edgar Wallace Rialto films - region 2



Finally i've seen them all, well, at least all of the German Rialto movies based on the crime story
writings of Edgar Wallace. There are lots of other films world wide based on his writings, novels
and short stories
and also some German films based on the writings of Bryan Wallace, Edgar's son.

I had only seen a couple of the Krimi films, the old Retro Media DVD one's (see below), before
getting this fine box, also released in an expensive bluray version. 33 films on 33 DVD with 22 in
german or english audio and with english or german subtitles. The 11 remaining are missing english
audio and subtitles and only have german audio and subtitles.
For these 11 i read the synopsis on IMDB first before watching.

These films have similar plots: Some rich people living in castles and fighting about their inheritances,
or bad guys running drugs or white slavery rings, bad guys killing people and dumping their bodies
in the Thames, and always with an inspector from The New Scotland Yard sleuthing around.
They often have a Comic relief guy as the annoying - or - funny Eddi Arent and with the eternal
Siegfried Shürenberg (i found him to be funny) as the quirky New Scotland Yard boss Sir John.

First 21 films were in black & white and from 22nd "Der Bucklige von Soho" in 1965 in color.
Tim Lucas in the commentary to Mario Bava's "Blood and Black Lace" 4K UHD edition says that
the color explosion of Bava told German Rialto Films that films from now on had to be made in color.
These films had a delightful bunch of German actors popular at that time, as : Joachim Fuchsberger,
Klaus Kinski, Karin Dor and Karin Baal, Werner Peters and with only a very few foreigners as i.a.
Christopher Lee.

I look at the German Krimi as Proto Gialli, and a Swedish proto-giallo as the 1958 "Mannekäng i
rött" by Arne Mattsson (The Hillman Series) clearly was an inspiration for Mario Bava's "Sei
donne per l'assassino". German Krimi were regular crime mysteries but with some unhinged and
delightfully macabre elements added to them.

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Text below in Swedish

De tyska Krimi filmerna som oftast baserades på författaren Edgar Wallace's pulpalster och som
startade i slutet av 1950-talet och sen kom i en formlig flod under 1960 talet har idag fått en
kultstämpel. De finns i fina tyska DVD eller Bluray utgåvor och kan köpas från Tyskland och
t.ex Amazon.de men ibland utan engelsk textning vilket är synd då man ju gärna vill hänga
med i de komplicerade och vrickade intrigerna som utmärker genren.

USA-bolaget RetroMedia gav en gång i tiden ut några samlingar av Krimifilmer med engelska
versioner av filmerna, och det var spännande att äntligen få se några av dessa mytomspunna
filmer, som Edgar Wallace Collection Vol. 1 -2 med filmerna Mad Executioners, Fellowship of the
Frog, Curse of the Yellow Snake and The Phantom of Soho

Tysk Krimi - makabra kriminalfilmer

Filmerna är kriminalhistorier med en viss visuell atmosfär och med en makabrare handling än
tidigare crimefilmer, men även med komiska element (som Edi Arent och Siegfried Schürenberg).
De har också en B-filmsutstrålning vad gäller manusen och replikerna, ngt som likt de italienska
gialli-filmerna bara bidrar till filmernas fångande bisarra atmosfär.

Flera av filmerna har en Scotland Yard inspektör som ofta spelades av Joachim Fuchsberger
och man kommer att tänka på Arne Mattson's svenska mall för den kommande Krimi och Gialli
genren filmen - "Mannekäng i rött" från 1958 där träbocken Karl-Arne Holmsten ständigt var
den utredande snuten. Dessutom förekommer också den tyvärr oundviklige "rolige" "Comic
relief" assistenten i såväl Hillman deckarna (Nils Hallbergs Freddy) som i Krimi-filmerna med
den "tokrolige" sidekicken Edi Arent.
Det förekommer också många "röda sillar" (bispår/luringar) som kastas mot tittaren samt mördare
i uppfälld trenchcoat och med svarta handskar, och ibland syns en ung Klaus Kinski.
Tysk krimi kan ganska så säkert sägas vara en föregångare till den italienska giallifilmen och jag
vet att t.ex Dario Argento inspirerats av filmerna.
MEN, är Mannekäng i rött The Mother of them all ? Visst skulle det vara intressant att veta om
Mario Bava, Dario Argento, Alfred Vohrer m.fl. hade sett Arne Mattson's film ?

Och .... visst hade det varit fantastiskt om svensk teve visade dessa pärlor som jag antar att tysk
teve har gjort? Nu ligger ju tysk filmkultur i medieskugga här, men tänk om SVT körde en tysk
krimi per kväll under hela sommaren, med introduktioner av en tysk filmvetare, vore ju orgasmiskt.
Men, nu är ju inte Krimi en film från ngn forna öststat där familjer bråkar vid middagsbord och folk
klafsar i lera eller gul snö eller en fransk film där intellektuella med rödvinsglas självupptaget
pratar och pratar och pratar .... så det kan man ju bara drömma om.

Om jag vore TV chef skulle jag flera ggr i veckan köra Midnattskult med tysk krimi, 70-talsgialli,
mexikansk gothic horror och El Santo, japansk klassisk japansk 60-70-tals yakuza, spaghettiwestern,
eller 1940-tals Film Noir. Men apatin är total. Verkar som man bara har råd att köpa in färdiga paket

 

Disc 1-8

Film No. 1: Der Frosch mit der Maske (The Fellowship of the Frog) 1959 Black & White
Direction: Harald Reinl - 4:3 fullscreen German or English audio DD 2.0 with German or English subtitles
Production: West Germany

The killer burglars "The Frog and his Gang " has killed a Scotland Yard detective and the rich playboy
amateur detective Richard Gordon (Joachim Fuchsberger) and his comic relief sidekick butler (Eddi
Arent) are helping the police with the investigation. Eva Anthes plays the nice girl and is doomed to
be chased by eternal womanizer Fuchsberger, and Fritz Rasp (Jack the Ripper in the G. W. Pabst 1929
silent movie masterpiece "Die Büchse der Pandora / Pandora's Box" plays an old man with a secret.

The killing of a nightclub singer (Eva Plug) could well be the most disturbing in the whole series.
An audio commentary in german only and original trailer as extra

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Film No. 2: Der Rote Kreis (The Red Circle/The Crimson Circle) 1960 Black & White
Direction: Jürgen Roland - widescreen German or English audio DD 2.0 with German or English subtitles
Production: West Germany - Denmark

The Lord and Lady Doringham are threatened by the master criminal "The Red Circle" and Scotland
Yard with chief inspector Parr (Karl Georg Saebich) is clueless. The lord is murdered by an archer
and the lady is killed too - whodunit ? Eddi Arent plays a police Sergeant this time and Ernst Fritz
Fürbringer plays the New Scotland Yard boss. No Joachim Fuchsberger in this one

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Film No. 3: Die Bande des Schreckens (The Band of Terror/The Terrible People) 1960 Black & White
Direction: Harald Reinl - 4:3 fullscreen German or English audio DD 2.0 with German or English subtitles
Soundtrack by Hans Funk. Production: West Germany

A bankrobber is condemned to death by hanging but manages to throw a curse on the men he
thinks are responsible for his death. One of them being Scotland Yard inspector Long (Joachim
Fuchsberger
). The cursed people start to die and people says that they have seen the dead
bankrobber at the crime scenes. Fritz Rasp plays Inspector Long's father, a Lord and Ernst
Fritz Fürbringer yet again plays the Scotland Yard boss Sir Archibald Morton. And, yes, Eddi
Arent this time plays a police photographer.

This 3rd film introduced the GORGEOUS Karin Dor to the series, and she plays the secretary,
Nora Sanders, to Lady Revelstoke (the charismatic Elisabeth Flickenschild).

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Above pic: The old US Retro Media DVD of "Die Bande des Schreckens" (The Terrible People)
and Please Note this US DVD is not a part of the German Edgar Wallace Gesamt edition 1959-1972

Text below in Swedish (reviewing the old US Retro Media DVD)

Filmen skall verka som om den utspelas i London och i introt får vi se hur en rånare och mördare
infångas av polisen och skall avrättas genom hängning. Men först hinner han utslunga en dödsdom
mot den grupp personer som orsakat hans fasttagande, åklagaren, domaren, inspektören etc. och
snart sker det 1a mordet varvid "den avrättade" lär ha synts på platsen i ngt som kallas för The
Gallows Hands Revenge.
Medelålders Scotland Yard inspektören Long (spelad av träbocken Joachim Fuchsberger, Tysklands
Karl-Arne Holmsten?) utreder morden och misstänker att hans egen far (Fritz Rasp, bl.a. med i stum-
filmsmästerverket Pandora's Box mot Louise Brooks) är inblandad.
Mrs. Revelstoke (briljant Elisabeth Flickenschildt) är en av de utpekade offren och hon har en ung
niece, Norah (Karin Dor) som såklart den sliskige Joachim Fuchsberger stöter på enträget.

Medelålders Joachim "The Young Girls Stalker" Fuchsberger attackerar allt för unga flickor i alla
filmer jag sett hittills. Han tycker uppenbarligen att hans charm är oemotståndlig, urrk. I den
aspekten liknar han inte alls den präktige Karl-Arne Holmsten som ju var gängad med Anna-Lisa
Ericsson i alla Hillman deckarna.

(ANM 2023: No, i've changed my mind and today I actually likes Joachim Fuchsberger)

Nåväl, dödsoffren radas upp och är verkligen den avrättade rånmördaren den skyldige? Kan
inspektör Long skydda någon av de redan utsedda offren och kan han själv överleva attentaten
mot honom? Filmen avslutas med en riktigt skön Twist, riktigt cool faktiskt.

widescreen 1.66:1 (but originally in 4:3 fullscreen ?), black & white, 1h 31 min, engelsk version med
engelskt tal, sådär bildkvalitet men OK antar jag

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Film No. 4: Der Grüne Bogenschütze (The Green Archer) 1961 Black & White
Direction: Jürgen Roland - widescreen German audio DD 2.0 and German subtitles Only
Production: West Germany

During a guided tourist tour of a castle one of the visitors is killed with an arrow and The Legend
of The Green Archer lives again. The very grumpy owner of the castle, millionaire Abel Bellamy
(played by the wonderful Gert "Mr. Goldfinger" Fröbe) arrives to London by plane.
Soon the archer strikes again and Abel Bellamy is up to no good. Scotland Yard inspector
James Lamotte (Klaus Jürgen Wussow) investigates and police sergeant Holland (Eddi Arent) is
too. Valerie Howett (the lovely Karin Dor) is the niece of the odious Mr. Bellamy and she is
looking after her mother. Gert Fröbe is fantastic and steals every scene he's in (unfortunately
this no. 4 in the Edgar Wallace Rialto film series was the only one he made)


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Film No. 5: Die Toten Augen von London (The Blind Killer of London) 1961
Black & White. Direction: Alfred Vohrer - widescreen German audio DD 2.0 and German subtitles
Only. Soundtrack by Hans Funk. Production: West Germany

An elderly man walking about in a foggy London is attacked and killed by a blind giant (Adi
Berber) and later found floating in the Thames. An insurance company may be involved in
the crime, and with suspicious looking Klaus Kinski as the secretary, why not?
A note with braille scripture is found on the body and New Scotland Yard inspector Holt
(Joachim Fuchsberger) is investigating with the help of Braille reader Nora (Karin Baal) and
police sergeant Harvey (Eddi Arent). There's a really cool fake elevator floor killing in this one

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Above pic: The old US Retro Media DVD of "DieToten Augen von London" (The Blind
Killer of London / Dead Eyes of London) and Please Note this US DVD is not a part of the
German
Edgar Wallace Gesamt edition 1959-1972


Text below in Swedish (reviewing the old US Retro Media DVD)

Det här var en utmärkt Krimi med hyfsad bildkvalitet som handlar om en rad mord på äldre
män där förövaren har ett märkligt utseende och är blind - The Blind Killer of London.

Som vanligt i en Krimi från denna tid så utreder Joachim Fuchsberger morden som
Scotland Yard inspektören Larry Holt och som vanligt har denne medelålders Young-Girls
Stalker en ung kvinna (Karin Baal) att attackera med sin "charm" även i denna film.
Det 1a offret vi får se är en äldre man från Australien som hittas flytande i Themsen med en
lapp med Braille-text på sig, och en blindskrift-läsare tillkallas i form av Nora Ward (Karin Baal).
Spåren leder mot försäkringsbolaget Greenwich som drivits av de 2 bröderna Judd och där den
ena brodern tidigare försvunnit och förmodas vara död. Som sekreterare på bolaget arbetar
Edgar (Klaus Kinski) och han kan ju inte vara inblandad i något skumt, aldrig.

Polisen jagar den blinde mördaren Jack (Ady Berber, se fodralbilden ovan) och ngn försöker
döda polisens tipsare, småskurken Fred (Harry Wüstenhagen). Varför skall vi tvingas utstå en
"tokrolig" polisassistent i form av Eddi Arent, är det Nils Hallberg's Freddy från Hillman-
deckarnas fel? The Comic Relief - ett av filmhistoriens mest onödiga ingredienser och troligen
ett mycket äldre film fenomen än 50/60-talets Freddy.

Please Note the above booklet is not a part of the German Edgar Wallace Gesamt edition
1959-1972


Polisen låter Nora mullvada på ett blindhem där Blind Jack en gång bott och lapparna med
braille-budskap fortsätter att dyka upp på de nya lik som flyter upp i Themsen. Vi har en
barflicka (Ann Savo) som stryps av en behandskad mördare och ett riktigt "snyggt" makabert
hissmord (av en typ som jag aldrig sett förut) samt en överraskande snygg eldscen.
Filmen är en alldeles utmärkt bra Krimi.
Widescreen, black & white, 1h 38 min 46 sec, engelsk version med engelskt tal, en hyfsad
bildkvalitet. Extra: en trailer och en snygg liten reproduktion leaflet

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Film No. 6: Das Geheimnis der gelben Narzissen (The Devil's Daffodil/The Daffodil Mystery)
1961 Black & White
Direction: Akos Ráthonyj - widescreen German audio DD 2.0 and German subtitles Only
Production: West Germany

Intro credits in red color. A serial killer murders women and throws narcisses on their bodies.
A Customs or Air Company agent, Jack Tarling (Joachim Fuchsberger) and the fake Chinese
detective Chu Ling (Christopher Lee) chase a drug smuggler gang (in a racist performance
as in his Fu Manchu films Lee has fake slanted eyes).
All the dead girls worked at the Cosmos Night Club, and what could be the connection
with the drug smugglers ? Klaus Kinski works at an Import/Export company and there's a
pretty fine night club song number performed by Ingrid van Bergen.

Extras: Original trailer, Interview with assistant director Eva Ebner (in german only, no subs)
Picture gallery and an audio commentary in german audio only, no subs

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Film No. 7: Der Fälscher von London (The Forger of London) 1961 Black & White
Direction: Harald Reinl - widescreen German audio DD 2.0 and German subtitles Only

Peter (Helmut Lange) and Hale (Robert Graf) are both in love with beautiful Jane (Karin
Baal
) and when Basil Hale is found murdered by a sledgehammer Peter is the main suspect.
Is he the killer of Longford Castle and maybe also the forger of Bank notes?
Inspector Bourke (Siegfried Lowitz) of Scotland Yard investigates.
Production: West Germany


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Film No. 8: Die Seltsame Gräfin (The Strange Countess) 1961 Black & White
Direction: Josef von Baky - widescreen German or English audio DD 2.0 with German or
English subtitles. Production: West Germany

Miss Margaret Reedle (Brigitte Grothum) will start her new work as the secretary of the
countess Leonore Moron but she's threatened by a deranged mental patient played
by Klaus Kinski. When he tries to kill her she's repeatedly saved by Michael Dorn
(Joachim Fuchsberger) a by Mr. Shaddle (Fritz Rasp) hired detective to protect her.
Eddi Arent plays the countess idiot son and Lil Dagover was brilliant as the nutty
countess. A very entertaining crime mystery with some horror and comedy.
Kinski a scene stealer as always and Brigitte Grothum was fine too

 

Disc 9 - 16

Film No. 9: Das Rätsel der roten Orchidee (The Secret of the Red Orchid)
1962 Black & White. Direction: Helmut Ashley - widescreen German or
English audio DD 2.0 with German or English subtitles. Production: West Germany

The film starts in Chicago 1960 with Mob War when the Minelli family massacres
the O'Connor family and only Gunner Steve/Der Schöner Steve (Klaus Kinski
survives the attack. One year later a Lord is threatened and blackmailed and
everything points at a US mobster running the grift. Inspector Weston (Adrian
Hoven) and his FBI colleague from the US, Captain Allerson (Christopher Lee)
are investigating. Eddi Arent is a butler and Marisa Mell is a secretary

Extras: Original trailer, Interview with assistant director Eva Ebner and audio
commentary only in German and without subtitles, Picture gallery

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Film No. 10: Das Tür mit den 7 Schlössern (The Door with 7 Locks) 1962 Black
& White. Production: West Germany - France
Direction: Alfred Vohrer - widescreen German or English audio DD 2.0 with
German or English subtitles

Scotland Yard inspector Richard Martin (Heinz Drache) investigates two cases
of murder, one a murder of a priest by poisoning and the other a man found
floating in the Thames. Klaus Kinski plays a safe cracker and police snitch who
is killed in Martin's apartment and he has provided a lead pointing to the
Selford manor located north of London. Werner Peters plays the suspicious
Mr. Bertram and Sabina Sesselman a relation to the Selfords. Adi Berber
returns from "Dead Eyes of London" and plays a Freak. Eddi Arent also. This
film starts as a crime mystery and ends in unhinged crazy doctor horror


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Film No. 11: Das Gasthaus an der Themse (The Inn on the River) 1962 Black &
White. Production: West Germany
Direction: Alfred Vohrer - widescreen German or English audio DD 2.0 with
German or English subtitles

A man rowing a boat on the Thames is shot in the back with a harpoon and
the frogman killer is called "The Shark" or "The Horror of The Thames".
A shady nightclub "The Mekka" is situated at the river brink and is run by the
old woman, Mrs. Oaks (played by the ever charismatic Elisabeth Flickenschild
and who also sings a song number). New Scotland Yard inspector Wade
(Joachim Fuchsberger) investigates. Klaus Kinski plays a shady export/importer
living at the club and Brigitte Grothum the 18 year old Lila is the niece of Mrs.
Nellie Oaks. The too old Sleazebag Fuchsberger lusts after the young girl

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Above pic: The old US Retro Media DVD of "Das Gasthaus an der Themse" (The
Inn on the River)
Killer of London / Dead Eyes of London) and Please Note this US DVD is not a part
of the German
Edgar Wallace Gesamt edition 1959-1972


Text below in Swedish

En man i en roddbåt på Themsen mördas av en grodman med harpun och offret var
ännu en polisinfiltratör som Scotland Yard fått se mördas.
I denna film kallar sig Joachim Fuchsberger i huvudrollen för inspektör Wade och han
jagar rånmördaren The Shark, och han spanar speciellt på en sjaskig bar vid floden som
drivs av en Mrs. Oakes/Oates (?) spelad av Elisabeth Flickenschildt.

Där finns mystiske spritsmugglaren Gabino (Klaus Kinski) som kan vara mördaren och
naturligtvis måste det finnas lammkött för Joachim "The Young Girls Stalker" Fuchsberger
att ösa sin medelålders charm på, nämligen barägarinnans blott 18-åriga niece Laila ....
ge snuten en skrevspark Laila.
The Shark rånar och mördar och flyr via kloakerna ut i Themsen och man frågar sig
vem mördaren är. Atmosfäriska miljöer och dimmor vid vattnet och även i denna film
förekommer en Comic Relief/en Freddy, nu en roddare och i den andra filmen en polis-
fotograf, men bäst var återigen Elisabeth Flickenschildt som verkligen hade karisma
(ja, Kinskis nuna glömmer man ju inte heller förstås).

widescreen 1.66:1, black & white, 1h 32 min, engelsk version med engelskt tal

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Film No. 12: Der Zinker (The Squeaker) 1963 Black & White
Production: West Germany - France Direction: Alfred Vohrer - widescreen
German or English audio DD 2.0 with German or English subtitles

Something's going on at the Mulford Ltd. with their wild animals. Krishna (Klaus Kinski)
steals a poisonous Black Mamba from the Zoo. Scotland Yard inspector Elford (Heinz
Drache) investigates the following murders. Eddi Arent plays a journalist photographer

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Film No. 13: Der Schwarze Abt (The Black Abbot) 1963
Black & White. Direction: Franz Josef Gottlieb - widescreen German or
English audio DD 2.0 with German or English subtitles. Production: West Germany

The Hunt for the Chelford Manor gold treasure. A dead body has been seen at the
nearby Abbey and The Black Abott, the mythical ghost figure, roams the grounds.
Inspector Puddler from Scotland Yard investigates with the help of his assistant
Horatio (Eddi Arent). This time Joachim Fuchsberger plays the cousin of Lord Harry
Chelford, Dick Alford. Klaus Kinski plays the butler. Boring entry to the series
with people running around looking for gold

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Film No. 14: Das Indische Tuch (The Indian Scarf) 1963 Black & White
Direction: Alfred Vohrer - widescreen. Production: West Germany
German or English audio DD 2.0 with German or English subtitles

The Lord Lebanon has died (murdered) and the family lawyer, Tanner (Heinz Drache)
reads the testament with all of the survivors and heirs assembled round a table, a
very nasty bunch and probably with a murderer among them. The testament says
that the whole group must live and act friendly for 6 days and 6 nights before the
last and "real" testament will be read. If someone decides to leave the mansion
the total sum will be divided among the rest. May the murders begin ...

Eddi Arent is the butler, Ady Berber the handyman and Klaus Kinski as one of the 9
heirs. A fun crime-comedy on the theme from Agata Christie's "Ten Little Indians"

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Film No. 15: Zimmer 13 (Room 13) 1964 Black & White
Direction: Harald Reinl - widescreen. Production: West Germany-Denmark-France
German or English audio DD 2.0 with German or English subtitles

A rich and old man, Parliament member Sir Marney (Walter Rilla) is extorted by an
old acquaintance, Joe Legge (Richard Häussler) due to once being involved with a
bank robbery. Legge hides in a seedy nightclub, in room 13, where he plans a train
robbery. Sir Marney hires a private detective, Gray (Joachim Fuchsberger) to deal
with Legge. Eddi Arent plays policeman Higgins and, Siegfried Schürenberg yet
again quirky New Scotland Yard boss. Beautiful Karin Dor is Marneys daughter

Entertaining entry to the series and the first with a glimpse of nudity from one of
the strippers in the night club. Extras: the original trailer and a picture gallery

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Film No. 16: Der Hexer (The Rinser / The Magician) 1964 Black & White
Direction: Alfred Vohrer - widescreen. Production: West Germany
German or English audio DD 2.0 with German or English subtitles

This entry may be the best in the series. Very entertaining and with delightful
twists and with a sequel "Again the Hexer" made in 1965.

Evil lawyer Maurice Messer (Jochen Brockman) murders his secretary Glenda
Milton and he runs a white slavery business shipping women out of Europe.
Gwenda's sister (played by the great Margot Trooger, known in Sweden for
her role as "Prussiluskan" in the Pippi Longstocking TV series) arrives from
Australia, and she'e the wife of Arthur Milton AKA "Der Hexer/The Magician"
a master criminal on the loose and feared by all.

Scotland Yard inspector Higgins (Joachim Fuchsberger) investigates, Heinz
Drache plays the mysterious Mr. Wesby, Eddi Arent is in it and Siegfried
Schürenberg yet again plays Scotland yard boss Sir John Archibald.
Sophie Hardy shows some brief nudity as Elaine Penton

Director Alfred Vohrer used some gimmicks when shooting (most of) the
entries to the series, as seemingly filming from inside a chewing mouth or
from inside a telephone

 

Disc 17 - 24

Film No. 17: Die Gruft mit dem Rätsel Schloss (The Curse of the Hidden
Vault) 1964 Black & White
Direction: F. J. Gottlieb - widescreen. Production: West Germany
German or English audio DD 2.0 with German or English subtitles

Ms. Kathleen Kent (Judith Dornys) arrives to London with her legal advicer
Mr. Westlake (Eddi Arent) and her father has died due to gambling debts.
Two entities follows them from the station, one is Klaus Kinski and the other,
Spedding is played by Werner Peters. The deceased Mr. Kent wanted his
daughter to have his money located in an unbreakable vault.
A not so good entry to the series. Boring

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Film No. 18: Das Verrätertor (Traitor's Gate) 1964 Black & White
Direction: Freddie Francis - widescreen. Production: West Germany - UK
German audio DD 2.0 and German subtitles Only

A business man, Trayne (Albert Lieven), organizes a big heist by stealing
the Crown jewels from The Towern of London and one of the gangsters
in Trayne's gang is Klaus Kinski. The charismatic gangster moll is Dinah
played by the great Margot Trooger. Eddi Arent plays a German tourist
who snoops around a lot. A stripper is seen showing her boobs and in
this German audio version Kane (Kinski) is called Kinski by a gangster

Extras: Original trailers, Interview with assistant director Eva Ebner
(in German audio only), Picture gallery, featurette 9 minutes from the
filming of "The Hexer 2"

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Film No. 19: Wartezimmer zum Jenseits (Waiting Room to the
Beyond / Mark of the Tortoise) 1964 Black & White
Direction: Alfred Vohrer - widescreen. Production: West Germany
German or English audio DD 2.0 with German or English subtitles

For the first time in the series without Eddi Arent this is a great Crime
Thriller with a James Bondian villain, a nasty death trap and a great
Femme Fatale in Hildegard Knef. Based on a James Hadley Chase
novel. No Joachim Fuchsberger in this film

A brutal blackmail gang kills their victims who won't pay a big sum
and they leave a letter signed "The Tortoise" at the crime scene.
The super villain is wheel-chair bound Marquis Mario Orlandi
(Richard Münch) with some of his underlings being failed Circus
knife thrower (who killed his patner) Shapiro (Klaus Kinski), the
badly scarred Crantor (Carl Lange) and Femme Fatale Laura
Lorelli (Hildegard Knef)

Extra an assortment of trash film trailers

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Film No. 20: Neues vom Hexer (Again the Hexer) 1965 Black &
White. Direction: Alfred Vohrer - widescreen. Production: West
Germany. German audio DD 2.0 and German subtitles Only

The Sequel to the popular 1964 "Der Hexer" with Arthur Milton AKA
Der Hexer returning to London to free himself from suspicion of a
murder and with him are his assistant Finch (Eddi Arent) and his
wife (Margot Trooger). Klaus Kinski plays a murderous harpist
butler and Heinz Drache plays Scotland Yard inspector Wesby.
Yeah, i almost forgot Siegfried Schürenberg as New Scotland Yard
boss Sir John Archibald.

Who's Picking off the members of the Lord Curtain Family ?

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Film No. 21: Der Unheimliche Mönch (The Sinister Monk) 1965 Black
& White. Direction: Harald Reinl - widescreen. Production: West Germany
German or English audio DD 2.0 with German or English subtitles

The 21th and last film in the Rialto Edgar Wallace Krimi series that was
shot in black & white.

A dying man makes a testamentary wish that Gwendolin Gilmore (Karin
Dor in her fifth Edgar Wallace Krimi film) will get everything he has.
But, someone kills the notary when he leaves the house and snatches
the dying mans last wish, which leaves the testator's children as
inheritors. At the same time a hooded serial killer who lashes his victims
to death roams the grounds.

A mysterious old man rents a room in the Darkkwood Hall Castle and
tells Gwendolin about the Ghost of Darkwood Hall (Rudolf Schindler,
the professor in "Suspiria" who tells Suzy Bannion about the Magic
all around Us). Eddi Arent and Siegfried Schürenberg's Sir John are
in it. Twist ending and a nice soundtrack by Peter Thomas

Extras: Original film trailers, Very short interview with Klaus Kinski
(no subs), Picture gallery, Interview with assistant director Eva Ebner
(german, no subs, 9 minutes), Das Geheimnis der weissen nonne:
Differences between West German and British versions

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Film No. 22: Der Bucklige von Soho (The Hunchback of Soho) 1966
Color. Direction: Alfred Vohrer - widescreen. Production: West Germany
German or English audio DD 2.0 with German or English subtitles

The 22nd in the series and the FIRST in Color

A Hunchback strangles a girl who tries to escape and call for help, yet
another murdered woman in a series of strangling killings. Inspector
Hopkins from Scotland Yard (Günther Stoll) investigates the case.
Wanda Merville (Monika Peitsch) is about to inherit her father Lord
Perkins when she's kidnapped by the thug (Pinkas Braun) and has
to work in an underground laundry run by the stern Ms. Oberon, the
lady with the whip (Hilde Sessak) and guarded by the Hunchback.

A very entertaining Crime movie with elements of the WIP genre.
Nice twists and snappy pace and with Eddi Arent NOT in a comic role
Vohrer gimmick a cool double reflection shot of Eddi Arents glasses
and yet again a fine soundtrack from Peter Thomas

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Film No. 23: Das Gehaimnis der Weissen Nonne (The Trygon Factor)
1966 Color. Direction: Cyril Frankel - widecreen. Production: West
Germany - UK. German audio DD 2.0 and German subtitles Only

The Police investigates a series of robberies and a murder and the
clues leads to the rich but strange Emberday family who shares their
castle Emberday Hall with a nunnery where Brigitte Horney plays the
Sister General. The Convent is a base for the smuggling and robbery
gang and nuns who wants to leave the place is brutally murdered.

Stewart Granger plays the Scotland Yard cop Cooper-Smith and the
beaitiful but evil Trudy Emberday is played by Susan Hampshire.
This film shot was in English and dubbed to German. A Fun and
trashy film with a nice ending fight. Boob alert on Sophie Hardy

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Film No. 24: Die Blaue Hand (Creature with the Blue Hand) 1967
Color. Direction: Alfred Vohrer - widescreen. Production: West
Germany. German audio DD 2.0 and German subtitles Only

Dave Emerson (Klaus Kinski) escapes from a mental asylum after
killing a nurse, and then flees to his family castle where his twin
brother Richard lives. A figure wearing a black cape and hood and
a metal claw hand assists Dave by killing a guard from the asylum.
Dave dresses as his identical twin and fools the police.


Disc 25- 33

Film No. 25: Der Mönch mit der Peitsche (The College Girl Murders)
1967 Color
Direction: Alfred Vohrer - widescreen. Production: West Germany
German or English audio DD 2.0 with German or English subtitles

Joachim Fuchsberger is Back as New Scotland Yard Inspector Higgins
A scientist invents an odourless poisonous killer gas and is killed by
a monk in red with a whip breaking the victim's neck.
A boarding school girl, Pam (played by Swedish EuroTrash actress
Ewa Strömberg, i.a. in Jess Franco films and providing the nudity to
Arne Mattsson's "Mördaren - en helt vanlig person") is killed by the
gas. Uschi Glas plays student Ann

Extras: Original trailer plus some other for films in the series, Interview
with assistant director Eva Ebner (1922-2006, in german only, Behind
the scenes featurette, picture gallery

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Film No. 26: Der Hund von Blackwood Castle (The Hound of
Blackwood Castle) 1968 Color
Direction: Alfred Vohrer - widescreen. Production: West Germany
German or English audio DD 2.0 with German or English subtitles

People are killed by a dog when they approach Blackwood Castle
and Humphrey Conner (Heinz Drache) rents a room in the nearby
guesthouse "The Old Inn" and starts snooping around.
Jane Wilson (Karin Baal) arrives to the castle due to her fathers
death, inherits everything. People want her to sell the castle and
trie to scare her away. Crime Comedy and Baal's 2nd in series

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Film No. 27: Im Banne des Unheimlichen (The Zombie Walks) 1968
Color. Direction: Alfred Vohrer - widescreen. Production: West
Germany. German audio DD 2.0 and German subtitles Only

Trashy but very entertaining crime horror comedy where Swedish
singer Lillemor "Lill" Lindfors (very well known in Sweden) sings
a pretty cool nightclub number "The Space of Today" from a
soundtrack made by Peter Thomas. She can also be seen as a corpse
in a mortuary and being killed by the "The Laughing Corpse"
serial killer who's dressed in a skeleton costume and kills people
with poison from a Scorpion shaped ring.

Sir Oliver has supposedly been killed in a plane crash, but at his
funeral in the intro scene wild laughter is heard from his coffin.
Joachim Fuchsberger again is Inspector Higgins and the eternal
New Scotland Yard boss and comic relief Siegfried Schürenberg
as Sir John Archibald has retired and the new comic relief boss
is Sir Arthur (Hubert Mayerlinck) with his quirky secretary Mabel
Finley (Ilse Pagé). Ewa Strömberg can be seen as a library clerk

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Film No. 28: Der Gorilla von Soho (Gorilla Gang) 1968 Color
Direction: Alfred Vohrer - widescreen. Production: West Germany
German or English audio DD 2.0 with German or English subtitles

Inspector Perkins of Scotland Yard (Horst Tappert) investigates
a series of killings of foreign business men where the perp is a
man in a gorilla suit and where the bodies are found drowned
in the Thames. A Staple of the series, The Thames with bodies.
Again, there's a girl correction-school run by nuns.

Scotland Yard boss Sir Arthur (Hubert von Meyerinck) provides
unfunny comic relief and Vohrer repeats the false elevator floor
scene from "Die Toten Augen von London" 1961

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Film No. 29: Der Mann mit dem Glasauge (The Man with the
Glass Eye) 1969 Color
Direction: Alfred Vohrer - widescreen. Production: West Germany
German or English audio DD 2.0 with German or English subtitles

Another one in the series with a White Slavery gang selling girls
to South America. Inspector Perkins (Horst Tappert) investigates
cases with murdered cabaret dancers and where glass eyes have
been found at the crime scene. Ewa Strömberg can yet again be
seen in a small role as Doris. Peter Thomas did the soundtrack

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Film No. 30: Das Gesicht im Dunkeln (Double Face / A Doppia
faccia) 1969 Color. Direction: Riccardo Freda - widescreen
Production: West Germany - Italy
German audio DD 2.0 and German subtitles Only

About the film: See Gialli & Eurocrime Page 2 and the UK Arrow
Video bluray edition of Double Face (A Doppia Faccia)

Please Note the edition below is not a part of the German
Edgar Wallace Gesamt edition 1959-1972

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Film No. 31: Die Tote aus der Themse (Angels of Terror) 1971
Color. Direction: Harald Philipp - widescreen.
Production: West Germany - UK
German or English audio DD 2.0 with German or English subtitles

Siegfried Schürenberg is back as the Scotland Yard boss Sir John
and German sexmovie goddess Ingrid Steeger is nude in a brothel.
Aussie Danny (Uschi Glas) arrives to London looking for her
ballet dancing sister who's involved with heroin smuggling gangs.
Inspector Craig (Hans Jörg Felmy) investigates. Peter Thomas ST

This Rialto Edgar Wallace Krimi were the last "real" Krimi as the
two remaining in the series really were Gialli (and 2 great gialli)

Extras: Original trailer, Conversation with Volker Schlöndorff
and Horst Wendlandt (15 minutes in German only, no subs),
Interview with assistant director Eva Ebner (German only, no
subs), Picture gallery

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Film No. 32: Das Geheimnis der Grünen Stecknadel (Cosa avete
fatto a Solange? / What Have You Done to Solange?) 1972 Color
Direction and co-script: Massimo Dallamano - widescreen
Production: West Germany - Italy - UK. Note: Cut TV version
German audio DD 2.0 and German subtitles Only

See Gialli & Eurocrime Page 2 US Shriek Show DVD edition
Please Note the DVD edition below is not a part of the German
Edgar Wallace Gesamt edition 1959-1972


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Film No. 33: Das Rätsel des Silbernen Halbmonds (Seven
Blood-Stained Orchids /
Sette orchidee macchiate di rosso) 1972
Color. Direction and co-script: Umberto Lenzi - widescreen
Production: West Germany - Italy
German or English audio DD 2.0 with German or English subtitles

English Full uncut version (or cut German TV version)

See Gialli & Eurocrime Page 2 German Koch Films Blu-ray - DVD
Please Note the DVD edition below is not a part of the German
Edgar Wallace Gesamt edition 1959-1972



Actor and actresses:

Everyone's favourite Joachim Füchsberger could be seen in 12 of the 33 films, and as
a Scotland Yard inspector in 9 of them (as inspector Higgins in 3).
Heinz Drache acted
in 6 of the films and played the inspector in 3. Harald Leipnitz inspector in 3 and Horst
Tappert in 2. Stewart Granger and Adrian Hoven et. al. played the inspector once.

Eddi Arent, the Comic Relief, could be seen in 22 of the 33 films, and the quirky and
funny Scotland Yard boss Sir John Archibald was played by Siegfried Schürenberg in
15 of the films. The Great Klaus Kinski acted in 15 films and Werner Peters in 4.

The Beautiful Karin Dor and Uschi Glas in 5 films and Karin Baal and Margot Trooger
in 3. Marisa Mell in 2 films and Hildegard Knef in only one.
Christopher Lee in 2 films as a fake chinaman and the great Gert Fröbe in one.
Alfred Vohrer directed 15 of the 33 films in the Rialto Edgar Wallace series

 

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