Dead Eyes of London (1961)

Article #868 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 7-31-2003
Posting Date: 12-28-2003
Directed by Alfred Vohrer
Featuring Joachim Fuchsberger, Karin Baal, Dieter Borsche

A series of murders of wealthy men who have taken out recent insurance policies comes under the investigation of Scotland Yard, and a sinister home for the blind comes under suspicion.

Title check: Another nice title, and an exact translation of the German title, DIE TOTEN AUGEN VON LONDON.

This is the first of the Edgar Wallace series of movies from Germany that I’ve seen. This same story was also filmed in the thirties as THE HUMAN MONSTER, with Bela Lugosi, and if you’ve seen and remembered that movie, it will clue you in on a few of the revelations that pop up in this one. The movies are far from identical, however; the plot of this one is much more involved (I have to admit I was left in the dust plotwise at several points). However, the movie is worthwhile enough to merit a second look to figure out certain points of the story, as it is packed with interesting and offbeat characters (the Scotland Yard sergeant who knits, for example) and memorable moments (I love where Judd keeps his cigarettes). The death scenes are very memorable, and it may be a while before you peek through any holes in the walls after seeing this one. Klaus Kinski has a pivotal role as an assistant to Judd. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing more of these.

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