Hot Picks

- There's No Such Thing as Zombies 2020

- Ready for My Close Up 2019

- Live One 2024

- Queen Rising 2024

- The G 2023

- Talk of the Dead 2016

- Midnight Feature 2024

- Deadland 2023

- The Red Lips of the Octopus 2023

- A Gangster's Kiss 2024

- Homework 1982

- Vindication Swim 2024

- Bermondsey Tales: Fall of the Roman Empire 2024

- As I Believe the World to Be 2023

- 2015: Future Uncertain 2024

- Guy Friends 2024

- A Rocky Mountain Affair 2024

- The Moor 2023

- Insane Like Me? 2024

- Grandma's Cookies: A Christmas Tale 2024

- The Keepers of the 5 Kingdoms 2024

- Arena Wars 2024

- Static Cling 2024

- Realm of Shadows 2024

- The Girl in the Trunk 2024

- Buying Time 2024

- 4 Minutes of Terror: Death Throes 2024

- Lost in Tomorrow 2023

- Ufologists 2022

- Rhapsody in Justice 2024

- Life of Belle 2024

- Unspeakable: Beyond the Wall of Sleep 2024

- Princess Halle and the Jester 2024

- Tormented 1960

- Sira 2023

- MR-9: Do or Die 2023

- Homesick 2015

- Exteriors 2023

- Brotherly Lies 2022

- Pandemonium 2024

- All the Fires 2023

- Isleen Pines 2023

- I Was a Soldier 2024

- The Seductress from Hell 2024

- Dreaming of the Unholy 2024

- Part-Time Killer 2022

- Ruby's Choice 2022

- 6 Hours Away 2024

- Burnt Flowers 2024

- Final Heat 2024

- Stargazer 2023

- Max Beyond 2024

- Pareidolia 2023

- First Impressions Can Kill 2017

- A Killer Conversation 2014

- Star Crash 1979

- Strangler of the Swamp 1946

Das Indische Tuch

The Indian Scarf

West Germany 1963
produced by
Horst Wendlandt, Preben Philipsen for Rialto
directed by Alfred Vohrer
starring Heinz Drache, Corny Collins, Klaus Kinski, Gisela Uhlen, Hans Nielsen, Siegfried Schürenberg, Richard Häussler, Hans Clarin, Alexander Engel, Ady Berber, Eddi Arent, Elisabeth Flickenschildt, Wilhelm Vorwerg, Rainer Brandt (voice)
screenplay by Harald G. Petersson, George Hurdalek, based on the novel The Case of the Frightened Lady by Edgar Wallace, music by Peter Thomas

Rialto's Edgar Wallace cycle, Edgar Wallace made in Germany

review by
Mike Haberfelner

Available on DVD!

To buy, click on link(s) below and help keep this site afloat (commissions earned)

Always make sure of DVD-compatibility!!!

Lord Lebanon (Eberhard Junkersdorf) has been murdered, strangled by an Indian scarf, and yet his wife (Elisabeth Flickenschildt) and the family doctor Amersham (Richard Häussler) make it look like a natural death. Now Lord Lebanon of course was rich, and as it is with rich people, he has invited all of his relatives to a remote mansion, and wills his fortune only to those able to stay within the castle (and with each other) for 7 days and 7 nights, all to be observed by his attorney Tanner (Heinz Drache). Now of course, the Lord's relatives are a lively bunch, there's of course his widow next to her son Edward (Hans Clarin), who's so obsessed with playing the piano that he tends to forget the world around him, there's eccentric artist Peter (Klaus Kinski), Mrs Tilling (Gisela Uhlen) and her loud and brash American husband (Hans Nielsen), there's Sir Henry (Siegfried Schürenberg) the explorer who likes to keep deadly animals with him at all times, there's of course the reverend (Alexander Engel), who likes money just a bit too much for a man of his profession and angelic Isla (Corny Collins), who couldn't hurt a fly. And to properly set the atmosphere, there's also a big brute (Ady Berber) on the premises who's the caretaker, and a butler (Eddi Arent) who might just have his own agenda. And of course, there's also a storm, thus all the roads are blocked off, and naturally, after night one, the first person turns up dead, the reverend, strangled by an Indian scarf. Initial suspicion falls upon Tilling, even more so when his wife turns up dead as well after they had a public row and were heard talking about divorce. Tilling's thrown into the mansion's dungeon, but he's strangled in there, and that really puts things into motion, as Tanner, who as the attorney is the most qualified, picks up investigations and finds out everybody has their own agenda - which only seems to accelerate their deaths. Eventually this even leads to Tanner being a suspect and being incarcerated, but of course he can be freed in time. Ultimately, Lady Lebanon finds out that her son Edward is the actual murderer, who has used tapings of his own playing the piano as an alibi while he moved around freely through the mansion's hidden corridors. But she takes the blame herself adn makes a full confession to Tanner - before Edward strangles her even, is chased by the survivors and falls to his death. And as the last heir standing, Isla inherits everything, and from the looks of it, Tanner gets Isla as a thank you ...


Now if old dark house murder mysteries are your thing, then this one should be right up your alley as it features pretty much everything that makes the genre from the stormy night (even though the film takes place over 7 days it seems to be constant night) and cut off roads to the eccentric will, from the backstabbing relatives to the mindless brute, from deadly animals to a psycho killer, from the secret corridors to the built-in dungeon. Now don't expect anything new in this one as it strictly follows genre rules, with even the killer being easy to guess early on, but for its lack of originality it's well put together with an emphasis on atmosphere, and all the actors you've come to know and love (or loathe) from the German Edgar Wallace movies doing their shtick. It's fun, really, if little more.


Quick Links

Abbott & Costello

The Addams Family

Alice in Wonderland

Arsène Lupin



Black Emanuelle

Bomba the Jungle Boy

Bowery Boys

Bulldog Drummond

Captain America

Charlie Chan



Dick Tracy

Dr. Mabuse

Dr. Orloff

Doctor Who


Edgar Wallace made in Germany

Elizabeth Bathory



Flash Gordon


Frankie & Annette Beach Party movies

Freddy Krueger

Fu Manchu





El Hombre Lobo

Incredible Hulk

Jack the Ripper

James Bond

Jekyll and Hyde

Jerry Cotton

Jungle Jim


Kekko Kamen

King Kong

Laurel and Hardy

Lemmy Caution


Lone Wolf and Cub

Lupin III


Marx Brothers

Miss Marple

Mr. Moto

Mister Wong


The Munsters

Nick Carter

OSS 117

Phantom of the Opera

Philip Marlowe

Philo Vance


Robin Hood

The Saint

Santa Claus

El Santo

Schoolgirl Report

The Shadow

Sherlock Holmes


Star Trek

Sukeban Deka



Three Mesquiteers

Three Musketeers

Three Stooges

Three Supermen


Wizard of Oz

Wolf Man

Wonder Woman




review © by Mike Haberfelner


Feeling lucky?
Want to
any of my partnershops yourself
for more, better results?
(commissions earned)

The links below
will take you
just there!!!

Find The Indian Scarf
at the amazons ...


Great Britain (a.k.a. the United Kingdom)

Germany (East AND West)

Looking for imports?
Find The Indian Scarf here ...

Your shop for all things Thai

Thanks for watching !!!



In times of uncertainty of a possible zombie outbreak, a woman has to decide between two men - only one of them's one of the undead.


There's No Such Thing as Zombies
Luana Ribeira, Rudy Barrow and Rami Hilmi
special appearances by
Debra Lamb and Lynn Lowry


directed by
Eddie Bammeke

written by
Michael Haberfelner

produced by
Michael Haberfelner, Luana Ribeira and Eddie Bammeke


now streaming at


Amazon UK





Robots and rats,
demons and potholes,
cuddly toys and
shopping mall Santas,
love and death and everything in between,
Tales to Chill
Your Bones to

is all of that.


Tales to Chill
Your Bones to
a collection of short stories and mini-plays
ranging from the horrific to the darkly humourous,
from the post-apocalyptic
to the weirdly romantic,
tales that will give you a chill and maybe a chuckle, all thought up by
the twisted mind of
screenwriter and film reviewer
Michael Haberfelner.


Tales to Chill
Your Bones to

the new anthology by
Michael Haberfelner


Out now from