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Secret of the Red Orchid (1962)

Das Rätsel der roten Orchidee (original title)
Rival gangsters from Chicago move to London and attempt to extort money from rich Britons.

Director:

Helmuth Ashley

Writers:

Edgar Wallace (novel), Egon Eis (screenplay) (as Trygve Larsen)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Christopher Lee ... Captain Allerman
Adrian Hoven ... Inspector Weston
Marisa Mell ... Lilian Ranger
Pinkas Braun ... Edwin
Christiane Nielsen ... Cora Minelli (as Christian Nielsen)
Eric Pohlmann ... Kerkie Minelli
Fritz Rasp ... Tanner
Wolfgang Büttner Wolfgang Büttner ... Chief Inspector Tetley
Herbert A.E. Böhme ... Oberst Drood
Günther Jerschke ... Mr. Shelby
Sigrid von Richthofen Sigrid von Richthofen ... Mrs. Moore
Hans Paetsch ... Lord Arlington
Edgar Wenzel Edgar Wenzel ... Babyface
Klaus Kinski ... Steve
Eddi Arent ... Parker
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Storyline

Rival gangsters from Chicago move to London and attempt to extort money from rich Britons.

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Certificate:

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Country:

West Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

1 March 1962 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

The Puzzle of the Red Orchid See more »

Filming Locations:

Cuxhaven, Lower Saxony, Germany See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Rialto Film See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Klangfilm Eurocord-Magnetocord)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Sir Christopher Lee's voice was dubbed by another actor for the English language version, but he is heard in the original German version. His German is pretty good. See more »

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Despite Christopher Lee and Klaus Kinski a weak Edgar Wallace adaptation
24 December 2006 | by dbborroughsSee all my reviews

Yet another film in the long running cycle of Edgar/Bryan Wallace films that flowed out of Germany in the 1960's and early 1970's. This time the story concerns a blackmailer who threatens very rich men with death if they don't pay up. The bodies of those that don't pay are dumped in front of Scotland Yard. As with many of these films its a bit confusing at first with several plot threads wandering through the story (Chicago gangsters, FBI agent, the blackmail scheme) before coming together at the end. Unfortunately this really isn't a story where its worth seeing how it all comes together. The plot is more than a bit unfocused, even by this series standards,There are too many characters and too much comedy so that the film fails to be compelling. My unhappiness with the film could be the result of the English dub which has even Christopher Lee and Klaus Kinski dubbed by other actors who's vocal performances don't even approximate how Lee or Kinski would have done it themselves. The result is that you never really buy whats going on screen. Certainly this would be perfect if you stumbled on it at 2am on late night TV, but I would be hard pressed to suggest actually renting or buying this on DVD and putting it on willingly.


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