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Jane (Karin Dor) is persuaded by her benign uncle John (Walter Rilla)
to marry Peter Clifton (Hellmut Lange), a man she doesn't love but who,
because of his wealth, can give her, an orphan the security she needs ...
but even their wedding is disturbed by Hale (Robert Graf), a drunk
ex-lover of hers, by rudepolice detective Rouper (Ulrich Geiger), and by
borderline psychotic Mrs Unterson (Sigrid von Richthofen), Clifton's
stepmother who claims he has cheated her out of her inheritance ...
On their honeymoon, Jane and Clifton don't fare much better, Hale shows
up soon enough and he and Clifton even get in a fight, then Jane finds
evidence that Clifton might be a money forger, but not just any forger but
the Forger of London, plus Jane learns that Clifton is the son of a
madman who might suffer from schizophrenia himself ... and as if that
wasn't enough, the next day Hale is found dead while Jane finds her hubby
in his bed, his cloths covered in blood.
But what does she do ? Run like nobody's business ? Blow the whistle on
him and then enjoy her life with his money (after all she is his
wife) ? Hide ?
Nope, dead wrong, while he's still sleeping, she changes his cloths and
destroys the murder weapon, a hammer. Because now that she knows he needs
her she has fallen in love with him, even though he seems to be a psycho
killer. Everyone else too seems to think he's a psycho killer including
detective Rouper, Uncle John, Clifton's doctor Wells (Viktor de Kowa) and
of course Mrs Unterson, who is now revealed to be Hale's mother. Only
chief inspector Bourke (Siegfried Lowitz) seems to have his doubts about
Clifton's guilt, and he eventually even goes so far as to help Jane get
rid of Clifton's blood-spattered cloths.
Soon, another murder happens, Clifton's lawyer (Otto Collin), and again
every clue seems to lead straight to Clifton, and even his doctor now
tries to persuade him that he is indeed schizophrenic and is indeed both
the forger and the killer, but Jane and chief inspector Bourke still do
everything in their power to prove his innocence ... until finally, Bourke
comes up with a whole gang of culprits that includes Doc Wells, Mrs
Unterson and even detective Rouper ... but the mastermind of the whole
operation was none other than Jane's benign unlcle John, who made her
marry Clifton in order to have her admit him to an insane asylum and then
have easy access to his wealth through the girl ...
Oh, and by the way, uncle John is the ominous Forger of London as
Overcomplicated, overconstructed murder mystery that furthermore
contains a few too many pulp mainstays to remain credible ... yet if one
can overlook these flaws, The Forger of London is a pretty decent,
well-crafted old-fashioned murder mystery. It has a great, atmospheric
visual style to it with every shot being carefully arranged, it moves at a
fast enough pace to cover many of the plot's shortcomings, and despite its
stupidity, the story features a few unusual plottwists. Maybe the best of
the German Edgar Wallace-films.