Die Nylonschlinge (1963)

aka The Nylon Noose
Article 3145 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 1-21-2010
Posting Date: 3-25-2010
Directed by Rudolf Zehetgruber
Featuring Dietmar Schonherr, Helga Sommerfeld, Ernst Schroder
Country: West Germany
What it is: Ersatz Edgar Wallace

A Scotland Yard inspector investigates a series of strangulation murders. It’s tied to a meeting of stockholders at a spooky mansion.

This movie almost ended up being moved from my hunt list to my not found list, but a copy popped up just in time to save it. Unfortunately, the only print I could find is in unsubtitled German, so I only got so much out of it. It’s one of those rare krimis that has nothing to do with Edgar Wallace or Dr. Mabuse, and I haven’t seen any other movies of this genre from the director. Nevertheless, it’s pretty standard issue as far as I can tell, though I do think the plot may be a little easier to follow (if it had been in English, that is). The serial killer provides the horror content, though a “mad scientist” type character seems to play a role in it as well, and Ady Berber is always good for a glowering scare or two.


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