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Rudolf Klein-Rogge.
Photograph: courtesy Kino Lorber.
 
Dr. Mabuse, der Spieler
(Dr. Mabuse, the Gambler)
Also known as The Fatal Passion and The Fatal Passion of Dr. Mabuse in the USA : [Dr. Mabuse: King of Crime] : {The Fatal Passions}
(1922) German
B&W : Feature film
Directed by Fritz Lang

Cast: Rudolf Klein-Rogge [Doktor Mabuse], Aud Egede Nissen [Cara Carozza], Gertrude Welcker [Countess Dusy Told], Alfred Abel [Count Told], Bernhard Goetzke [State Attorney Norbert von Wenk], Paul Richter [Edgar Hull], Forster Larrinaga [Spoerri], Hans Adalbert von Schlettow [Georg], Georg John [Pesch], Karl Huszar [Hawasch], Grete Berger [Fine], Julius Falkenstein [Karsten], Lydia Potechina [the Russian], Julius Hermann [Emil Schramm], Anita Berber, Julie Brandt, Auguste Prasch-Grevenberg, Adele Sandrock, Max Adalbert, Paul Biensfeld, Gustav Botz, Heinrich Gotho, Leonard Haskel, Erner Hübsch, Gottfried Ruppertz, Hans Junkermann, Adolf Klein, Erich Pabst, Edgar Pauly, Karl Platen, Hans Sternberg, Olaf Storm, Erich Walter

UCO-Film production; distributed by Decla-Bioskop. / Produced by Erich Pommer. Scenario by Thea von Harbou, from the novel Dr. Mabuse, der Spieler by Norbert Jacques. Production design by Otto Hunte and Stahl-Urach. Costume design by Vally Reinecke. Cinematography by Carl Hoffmann. / Part one premiered in Berlin on 27 April 1922. Part two premiered in Berlin on 26 May 1922. / Standard 35mm spherical 1.37:1 format. / Hanns Kobe was originally announced as the director of this film. The film was originally exhibited in two parts released separately over two months: Der grosse Spieler: Ein Bild Unserer Zeit (The Great Gambler: An Image of Our Time) and Inferno: Ein Spiel von Menschen Unserer Zeit (Inferno: A Tale of People of Our Time). The films were released in France and in the United Kingdom in 1923. The two parts were edited down to a single feature length film and released in the USA as The Fatal Passion of Dr. Mabuse in 1927. Lang directed two sequels: The Testament of Dr. Mabuse (1933) and Die Tausend Augen des Dr. Mabuse (The Thousand Eyes of Dr. Mabuse) (1960).

Drama: Crime.

Survival status: Print exists [35mm positive].

Current rights holder: Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung.

Keywords: Banks - Criminals - Disguises - Gamblers - Gambling - Games: Card - Hypnotism - Secret organizations - Weapons: Guns

Listing updated: 28 September 2013.

References: Film credits, film viewing : Baer-Film p. 69; Bardèche-History pp. 190, 191; Bohn-Light pp. 127, 159; Everson-American p. 314; Everson-Detective pp. 31, 53; Geduld-Birth p. 147; Jensen-Lang pp. 18, 34-46, 69, 70, 72, 73, 75, 79, 80, 85, 105, 119, 206-207; Limbacher-Feature pp. 65, 77; Maltin-Guide p. 349; Manchel-Terrors p. 29; Perry-British p. 50; Sinyard-Silent pp. 162, 163; Steinbrunner-Encyclopedia p. 257.

Home video: DVD.

 
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