Dr. Mabuse, the Gambler

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This silent film, based on the pulp novel by Norbert Jacques, follows the devious schemes of criminal mastermind Dr. Mabuse (Rudolf Klein-Rogge). Using disguises and hypnosis, as well as an assortment of henchmen, Mabuse begins to amass a fortune, with gambling and murder factoring heavily into his plans. Though the villain is careful to cover his tracks, a resourceful police inspector (Bernhard Goetzke) remains determined to put Mabuse behind bars.

Cast & Crew

Alfred Abel
Graf Told , Richard Fleury
Aud Egede Nissen
Cara Carozza, die Tänzerin
Gertrude Welcker
Gräfin Dusy Told
Bernhard Goetzke
Staatsanwalt von Welk , Chief Inspector Norbert von Wenck , Chief Inspector De Witt
Paul Richter
Edgar Hull
Grete Berger
Fine, a servant
Fritz Lang
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Thea von Harbou
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Critic Reviews for Die 1000 Augen des Dr. Mabuse (The 1,000 Eyes of Dr. Mabuse)(Diabolical Dr. Mabuse)

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Audience Reviews for Die 1000 Augen des Dr. Mabuse (The 1,000 Eyes of Dr. Mabuse)(Diabolical Dr. Mabuse)

  • Feb 12, 2010
    "The 1000 Eyes of Dr. Mabuse," director Fritz Lang's final film, is a belated sequel to "Dr. Mabuse, the Gambler" (1922) and "The Testament of Dr. Mabuse" (1933). What a poetic way to bring a long, storied career to a full-circle close. Criminal mastermind Dr. Mabuse was believed to be long dead, but apparently has resurfaced. His sights are on the vast fortune of young industrialist Henry Travers. A mysterious shooter, presumably one of Mabuse's goons, is killing people using not bullets but steel needles (skillfully fired into the brain). Inspector Kras (Gert Frobe, best known for playing "Goldfinger") is on the case -- suspicions center on the elegant Luxor hotel -- but Mabuse remains an elusive, wily villain. An old, blind psychic named Cornelius provides clues, but his wisdom may not be reliable. Meanwhile, a cautious love blooms between Travers and distraught Marion Menil. Too bad she already has a husband. The film's glaring problem is simply that it's so creaky and low-budget. It was released in 1960 but, at a glance, one easily might guess the film was made in the '30s or '40s.
    Eric B Super Reviewer
  • Jun 07, 2009
    A solid Thriller by the late Fritz Lang and his last movie before he become completely blind. The movie has the feel of a British B-Spy Movie and unfolds with a steady pace. As you may expect by Lang, one of German Expressionist cinemas strongest represants, the visual style is interesting and sometimes even excellent. Unfortunately, the genius only comes through in limited numbers, during the "Seance" or "Showdown" sequence. Still, Gert Fröbe is a solid lead, but one can see why he has been seldomly cast as hero because he is way too bulky in his acting and should play characters who are either evil or ambigious. The rest of the cast is okay, nothing worth the mention really. Al in all, recommended to fans of the genre and people looking for something slightly different than your average American thriller, but nothing spectacular and can be missed. Better check out the silent classic versions of Mabuse by Fritz Lang
    Henrik S Super Reviewer

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