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Die Unsichtbaren Krallen des Dr. Mabuse

The Invisible Dr. Mabuse
The Invisible Horror / The Invisible Claws of Dr. Mabuse

West Germany 1962
produced by
Artur Brauner, Wolf Brauner (executive) for CCC-Filmkunst
directed by Harald Reinl
starring Lex Barker, Karin Dor, Siegfried Lowitz, Rudolf Fernau, Wolfgang Preiss, Kurt Pieritz, Walter Bluhm, Hans Schwarz, Walo Lüönd, Werner Peters, Heinz Giese, Alain Dijon, Carl de Vogt, Zeev Berlinsky
story by Artur Brauner, screenplay by Ladislas Fodor, music by Peter Sandloff, cinematography by Ernst W.Kalinke

Dr. Mabuse, CCC-Filmkunst's Dr. Mabuse, Joe Como

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Several murders happen that have something to do with the crime ring of the thought-dead Dr.Mabuse (Wolfgang Preiss), with an invisible man, with an operetta-theatre and its leading lady Liane (Karin Dor), and with Martin Droste's (Werner Peters) transport company.

Commissioner Brahm (Siegfried Lowitz), his assistant Hase (Walo Lnd) and the ubiquituous FBI-agent Joe Como (Lex Barker) investigate, and soon they come up with quite a number of suspects:

There's professor Erasmus, who was horribly disfigured in an accident but has found a way to render himself invisible, and is this way able to be near Liane, his true love (even though she has never even met him) all the time.

There's Erasmus' assistant Bardorf (Kurd Bieritz), who seems to be a bit too loyal to his boss, considering that he hasn't seen him in years because Erasmus is always either invisible or he hides away in a vault.

There's of course Droste of the transport company.

And there's clown Bobo, who has the uncanny ability to show up in exactly the wrong moment and intimidate everyone - and who eventually turns out to be Droste.

Eventually it turns out though that Mabuse is after Erasmus' invisibility belt which he needs for his plans to conquer the world to succeed. And to get his hands onto the belt, Mabuse kidnaps Liane, after which Erasmus finally agrees to hand the belt over.

Mabuse's big plan is to blow up an airplane with world leaders on their way to an UN-conference in New York, and this plan can apparently only be put into action by invisible men.

Somehow though the police has learned of Mabuse's plans and sprays his invisible army with paint, then plucks them one by one.

Mabuse has managed to escape actually, but ultimately he locks himself inside of Erasmus' vault and blows himself to smithereens ...

 

Harald Reinl's first Mabuse-film Im Stahlnetz des Dr.Mabuse was a competently crafted, atmospheric and entertaining sci-fi-thriller, Die Unsichtbaren Krallen des Dr.Mabuse on the other hand is nothing short of silly, it looks as if elements of Phantom of the Opera and The Invisible Man were just thrown together and mixed up with a conventional crime story even uif such a recipe is doomed to fail ... which it did.

That said, Die Unsichtbaren Krallen des Dr.Mabuse is not all bad, it's one of these unintentionally funny German crime thrillers you find yourself enjoying in a way against better knowledge  - so who knows, you just might find yourself liking this film ...

 

review by Mike Haberfelner

 

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