The Return of Dr. Mabuse

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The first of the "Dr. Mabuse" films not directed by Fritz Lang, the French/German/Italian Return of Dr. Mabuse stars Wolfgang Preiss in the title role. Supposedly dead and buried, Mabuse returns to his criminal activities, once more using hypnotized flunkeys to carry out his dirty work. While the doc's longtime foe Inspector Lohmann (Gert Froebe) probes and prods in his usual methodical fashion, hotshot American detective Lex Barker and dauntless girl reporter Daliah Lavi take the more direct approach to weed out Mabuse. This time around, the diabolical doctor wants to sabotage a nuclear reactor, then take over the world (he never does anything by halves). Return of Dr. Mabuse was released in Europe as Im Stahlnetz des Dr. Mabuse, Le Retour Du Docteur Mabuse and FBI Contro Dr. Mabuse; in some American cities, it was shipped out as Phantom Fiend

  1. Ladislas Fodor

    Screenplay

  2. Harald Reinl

    Director

  3. Marc Behm

    Screenplay

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  1. Gert Fröbe

    Gert Fröbe

    Kommissar Lohmann

  2. Lex Barker

    Lex Barker

    Joe Como

  3. Daliah Lavi

    Daliah Lavi

    Maria Sabrehm

  4. Wolfgang Preiss

    Wolfgang Preiss

    Dr. Mabuse

  5. Werner Peters

    Werner Peters

    Böhmler

  6. Rudolf Forster

    Rudolf Forster

    Professor Julius Sabrehm

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Original Title Im Stahlnetz des Dr. Mabuse

Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 25m

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Revenue -

Homepage -

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  • January 1, 1961
    Theatrical

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A review by talisencrw

8.0
By talisencrw

As I generally greatly detest sequels, reboots and the like, especially of great filmic franchises created and led by outstanding filmmakers (ie., the Mabuse character and Fritz Lang) I initially had quite guarded reservations about seeing Reinl's version here. But it had significant strengths that made me quickly realize my fears were undeserved and that I, in fact, was in for a treat. The pace is whipcrack, the plot is intense and in Commissioner Lohmann, the villainous 'Goldfinger' (an excellent Gert Fröbe) pulls off a gritty cross between an Ed Asner and a Popeye Doyle-era Gene Hackman. I l... read the rest.

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