Saturday, February 7, 2009

DIE TODESSTRAHLEN DES DR. MABUSE - Carlos Diernhammer & Oskar Sala - " The Death Ray Mirror of Dr. Mabuse" (1964)

"The Death Ray Mirror of Dr. Mabuse" is just one more in a massive string of excellent films made in Germany in the 60's. The score for this film was composed by a fellow we have not written about before, Carlos Diernhammer, and he only has a handful of other credits, but just like Peter Sandloff and Peter Thomas, and some others, he swings with the best of them!!
Any interesting electronic bits are the work of the master, Oskar Scala!!

I love these German Dr. Mabuse and Edgar Wallace flicks, but our buddy in Berlin, the king of trash and roll, Lord Litter, tells us, that we really need to find some Jerry Cotton films, so we're really lookin' forward to those, but it's been a pretty elusive search so far! Hey Netflix, we love you, man, but how about the whole Edgar Wallace/Jerry Cotton catalogue??? Let's see if that works!!!

First we must extract the information from Professor Pohland via shock treatment! "It wasn't I, it was Mabuse, he made me lie!"

Checkin' in with The Boss, 1967 style!!

Mr. Peter van Eyck plays the part of Major Bob Anders, an interesting character to be sure. Not the best looking, smartest or toughest guy in the world, but he gets the job done, and always makes an interesting story out of it!

Major Bob brings along his friend Judy, the distraction of perfection, played by Cretian beauty Queen Rika Dialina, in an attempt to make himself look more normal. Judy just came along to have fun, and can't figure out what's going on at all, but always brings up something insightful that points to some important clue!!

Yo, Ho, Ho, Ship #13 as seen through binoculars!! Where we come from, it just doesn't get any better than that! That's class!!

Speaking of class, how about this shot? What could possibly be next?

Yoko Tani as the cunning little cat, and our hero, before and after the bedroom!

Here it is!! The one, the only, the amazing "Death Ray Mirror!" Death rays bounce off the moon and come back and kill you, and this is just a private enterprise!!

Turns out The Boss is not only the boss, but he's also Dr. Mabuse! Whoa! Major conflict here!

"It wasn't I, it was Mabuse, he made me lie!"

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