GenreCrime, Mystery, Thriller Duration CountryWest Germany
WriterFritz Lang, Heinz Oskar Wuttig, de Release date14 September 1960 (1960-09-14) Based onMr. Tot Acetas Mil Okulojn
by Jan Fethke Initial releaseSeptember 14, 1960 (West Germany) ScreenplayFritz Lang, Norbert Jacques, Heinz Oskar Wuttig CastPeter van Eyck (Henry B. Travers), Gert Fröbe (Kriminalkommissar Kras), Wolfgang Preiss (Prof. Jordan/Peter Cornelius/Dr. Mabuse), Dawn Addams (Marion Menil), Werner Peters (Hieronymus B. Mistelzweig), Andrea Checchi (Hoteldetektiv Berg (as Andrea Checci)) Similar moviesDr. Mabuse vs. Scotland Yard, Cruel Intentions, All the King's Men, The Experiment, Hard Candy, Poison Ivy: The New Seduction
The Thousand Eyes of Dr. Mabuse (Ger. Die 1000 Augen des Dr. Mabuse) is a 1960 black-and-white crime film/thriller made in West Germany. It was a West German/French/Italian international co-production and the last film directed by Fritz Lang. It starred Peter van Eyck, Dawn Addams and Gert Fröbe. The film made use of the character Dr. Mabuse, who had appeared in earlier films by Lang back in 1922 and 1933. The Thousand Eyes of Dr. Mabuse spawned a film series of German "Mabuse" films that were released over the following years to compete with Rialto Film's Krimi films.
A reporter is killed in his car on his way to work. Inspector Kras gets a call from his informant Peter Cornelius, a blind fortune-teller, who had a vision of the crime but not the perpetrator. Meanwhile, Henry Travers, a rich American industrialist, checks into the Luxor Hotel, which has been outfitted by the Nazis during World War II to spy on people in every room. He becomes involved with Marian Menil who is being threatened by her evil clubfooted husband. Hieronymus B. Mistelzweig, purportedly a salesman, who is also a guest in the hotel and always seems to be lurking about. These disparate characters eventually get together to solve what appears to be the re-emergence of the long-dead Dr. Mabuse.
Peter van Eyck as Henry Travers
Dawn Addams as Marion Menil
Gert Fröbe as Inspector Kras
Werner Peters as Hieronymus B. Mistelzweig
Wolfgang Preiss as Professor S. Jordan / Dr. Mabuse
Lupo Prezzo (Wolfgang Preiss) as Peter Cornelius
Andrea Checchi as Hoteldetektiv Berg
Howard Vernon as No. 12
David Cameron as Michael Parker
Reinhard Kolldehoff as Roberto Menil
The Thousand Eyes of Dr. Mabuse was co-produced by CCC Filmkunst (West Germany), C.E.I. Incom (Italy) and Critérion Film (France). The original titles were Die 1000 Augen des Dr. Mabuse (German), Il diabolico Dr. Mabuse (Italian) and Le diabolique docteur Mabuse (French).
It was the last film directed by Fritz Lang, who had returned from the US to Germany to make what would turn out to be a total of three films for producer Artur Brauner: The Tiger of Eschnapur, The Indian Tomb and The Thousand Eyes of Dr. Mabuse. The film made use of the character Doctor Mabuse invented by Norbert Jacques, whom Lang had used in two previous films back in 1922 (Dr. Mabuse der Spieler, released in 2 parts) and 1933 (Das Testament des Dr. Mabuse).
The script of this movie, written by Fritz Lang and Heinz Oskar Wuttig was based on the Esperanto novel Mr. Tot Buys A Thousand Eyes by the Polish author Jan Fethke. It brought the Mabuse character from his previous pre-war appearances into contemporary times (the 1960s) and combined elements of the German Edgar Wallace film series, spy fiction and Big Brother surveillance with the nihilism of the Mabuse world.
Filming took place 5 May to 28 June 1960 at the CCC Studios in Berlin. The film premiered on 14 September 1960 at the Gloria-Palast in Stuttgart (Germany) and on 28 June 1961 in Paris (French version).
The film spawned a number of sequels, all made in a similar style and produced by Artur Brauner:
The Return of Doctor Mabuse (1961), directed by Harald Reinl.
The Invisible Dr. Mabuse (1962), directed by Harald Reinl.
The Testament of Dr. Mabuse (1962 film) directed by Werner Klingler, a remake of the film by Fritz Lang released in 1933.
Scotland Yard vs. Dr. Mabuse (1963), directed by Paul May.
The Secret of Dr. Mabuse (1964), directed by Hugo Fregonese.
The Vengeance of Dr. Mabuse (1971) directed by Jesus Franco.