Friday, June 1, 2012

THE MYSTERIOUS MAGICIAN / Rialto Film Preben-Philipsen - 1964

Let's just put it this way... We dig Edgar Wallace the most, here at The Dungeon! These are a few things about him you might find interesting... He died at the age of 56 in 1932 in Hollywood during the production of KING KONG, he has had the greatest number of novels made into movies for a 20th century author, his son, Bryan, followed in his footsteps as a writer of thriller novels, in his heyday, his popularity as a writer was second only to Charles Dickens, his popularity exploded onto the screen and TV 30 years after his death, and, said this... An Academic is someone who has found something more interesting than sex!

Eegah!! has submitted a neat little soundclip for our auditory indulgence, showing how much fun you could have with a movie theme back in 1964! I love this craziness, soooo, you can push the big red 'GO' button there by the slobbering green Trigor, NOW, Rufus The Gnat! Here's the coolest theme around, enjoy... THE MYSTERIOUS MAGICIAN!

This flick has a submarine that transports dead bodies to a secret underground location!

The intricate story goes something like this.. The sister of a famous criminal named The Hexer is mysteriously murdered, that's her in the submarine. Inspector Higgins of Scotland Yard is called in, he thinks The Hexer will surface to take his revenge on the killers, and, he plans to set some traps to capture him. As the dead bodies start piling up, it looks like The Hexer will elude the police yet again! The masked Hexer is only exposed in the last suspenseful minutes of the film.

The great Joachim Fuchsberger plays the astute Inspector Higgins, here, being driven around town by his girlfriend in her convertible. Joachim is still working today!

The Inspector has been participating in some photographic extracurricular activities with his secretary! His girlfriend checks it out.

Heinz Drache plays Wesby, here, aparently looking for clues to the mystery. Heinz was also in HYPNOSIS, COFFIN FROM HONG KONG, PSYCHO-CIRCUS, THE BRIDES OF FU MANCHU and THE MONSTER OF BLACKWOOD CASTLE.

The Inspector is hot on The Hexer's trail!

But, ends up in this half dressed girl's apartment!

Then later, gets to enjoy the company of his girlfriend after her hot steamy shower... What a life, poor guy!

I saw a few German art films when I was stationed there in 1969, they ALL had peep-hole voyeurism going on!

Here's a good shot of the secret submarine lair.

And, here's another good shot of a secret submarine lair.

So then, you'll just have to track down this little thriller to enjoy all the wild action for yourself!

The original German poster..


MOSE said...

Looks very mysterious! What a theme!

Anonymous said...

That looks like Sophie Hardy as the secretary. She was also in Attack of the Robots (aka Cards on the Table) (1966) with Eddie Constantine, Francoise Brion, and Fernando Rey.

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