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The Testament of Dr. Mabuse (1933)

Das Testament des Dr. Mabuse (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Horror, Mystery | 19 March 1943 (USA)
A criminal mastermind uses hypnosis to rule the rackets after death.

Director:

Fritz Lang

Writers:

Norbert Jacques (characters), Fritz Lang (scenario) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rudolf Klein-Rogge ... Docteur Mabuse
Thomy Bourdelle ... Professeur Baum
Gustav Diessl ... Thomas Kent
Rudolf Schündler ... Hardy
Jim Gérald Jim Gérald ... Commissaire Lohmann
Oskar Höcker Oskar Höcker ... Bredow
Theo Lingen ... Karetzky
Monique Rolland ... Lilli
Maurice Maillot Maurice Maillot ... Thomas Kent
Camilla Spira ... Juwelen-Anna
Ginette Gaubert Ginette Gaubert ... Anna
Paul Henckels ... Lithograph / Litographer
René Ferté ... Hardy
Otto Wernicke ... Inspector Karl Lohmann
Raymond Cordy ... Koretsky
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Storyline

Berlin police inspector Lohmann investigates a case, in which all clues lead to a man, who's in a hospital for mental illnesses for since many years - Dr. Mabuse. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Taglines:

Madman? Monster? Murderer? Scientist? (1952 re-release) See more »


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Trivia

The film was not shown to the German public until August 24, 1951, when it was presented in an edited 111-minute version. See more »

Goofs

Hofmeister supposedly scratches Mabuse's name in a window pane of his apartment with a ring, but Hofmeister is not wearing any rings when Division 2-B enter his apartment. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Inspector Lohmann: "Magic Fire Music," old man.
[whistles]
Inspector Lohmann: You know that one, Müller? That's from "Die Walküre". Those are the girls who carry dead police inspectors directly up to heaven from the Alexanderplatz with a "Hey ho." On horseback.
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Alternate Versions

During the early years of sound films before dubbing and subtitling, one way to present a film to a foreign audience was to record the film with a translated screenplay with foreign-language cast. As this was a time consuming and expensive procedure, most filmmakers who did this tended to only make one alternative language feature. Producer Seymour Nebenzal felt that creating this alternative version would enhance international sales for The Testament of Dr. Mabuse. The French-language screenplay was adapted by René Sti. Lang was fluent in French and directed The Testament of Dr. Mabuse in both French and German. Actor Karl Meixner played Hofmeister in both versions of the film as he was bilingual. Rudolf Klein-Rogge also features as Mabuse in the French version with his lines being dubbed. The French version, titled Le Testament du Dr. Mabuse, was edited by Lothar Wolff in France while the film was still in production. See more »

Connections

Featured in Cinema Europe: The Other Hollywood: End of an Era (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Die Walküre (The Valkyries)
(1856) (uncredited)
Written by Richard Wagner
Portion hummed by Klaus Pohl
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Weird and good
6 September 1999 | by dennis-77See all my reviews

If only they made films like this now. The Testament of Doctor Mabuse is a strange film but very good. It has a police man who is a maverick who everyone respects about 20 years before there were any others and a master criminal who wants to take over the world and could probably do it. A spooky film in parts and the special effects are down right fantastic, and what's more they fit in with the story and aren't put there just for putting them ins sake. A really good film.


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Country:

Germany | France

Language:

German | French

Release Date:

19 March 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Crimes of Dr. Mabuse See more »

Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$27,690
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Nero-Film AG, Nero Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (re-edited)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Tobis-Klangfilm)| Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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