Mark of the Tortoise (Wartezimmer zum Jenseits)

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Mark of the Tortoise
(Wartezimmer zum Jenseits)
Wartezimmer zum Jenseits Poster.jpg
Original German Poster
Country GER.jpg West Germany
Directed by Alfred Vohrer
Release Date 1964
Language German
Studio Rialto Film
Distributor Constantin Film
Main Cast
Character Actor
Laura Lorelli Hildegard Knef
Donald Micklem Götz George
Mario di Alsconi Richard Münch
Inspector Dickes Heinz Reincke
Shapiro Klaus Kinski
Harry Mason Hans Clarin
Crantor Carl Lange
Felix Pinkas Braun
Sir Cyrus Bradley Hans Paetsch
Lady Helen Bradley Adelheid Seeck


Mark of the Tortoise (Wartezimmer zum Jenseits ("Waiting Room to the Beyond") is a 1964 German B&W detective movie directed by Alfred Vohrer and adapted from the novel "Mission To Siena" by James Hadley Chase. Millionaire Sir Cyrus Bradley is being blackmailed by "The Tortoise" crime syndicate. When he refuses to pay, the gangsters kill him. Bradley's nephew and heir Don Micklem (Gotz George) is now a target of criminals. But Laura Lorelli (Hildegard Knef), the mistress of the gang boss, has her own goals in this case.

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The following weapons were used in the film Mark of the Tortoise (Wartezimmer zum Jenseits):

Contents


Handguns

Arminius HW-1

Alsconi's second-in-command Felix (Pinkas Braun) carries an Arminius HW-1 revolver. When Don Micklem disarms Felix, the revolver is taken by Laura Lorelli (Hildegard Knef). In the final scene Mario di Alsconi's (Richard Münch) holds an HW-1 revolver.

Arminius HW-1 starter revolver
Felix draws his revolver.
He fires.
Micklem picks up the revolver that he knocks out of Felix' hand and gives it to Laura.
Laura with the revolver.
Another view of the revolver.
Felix again holds his revolver.
Alsconi draws his revolver.

Mauser HSc

In the scene in Sir Cyrus Bradley's house, Don Micklem (Götz George) takes a Mauser HSc pistol from his uncle's table. He carries the pistol until Alsconi's henchman Giacopo (Frank Straass) disarms him.

Mauser HSc - .32 ACP (7.65x17mm)
Micklem opens the drawer and takes the pistol.
Micklem holds the pistol.
Giacopo takes the pistol from Micklem.

Walther PPK

Walther PPK pistols are seen in hands of Inspector Dickes (Heinz Reincke) and Alsconi's henchmen Crantor (Carl Lange) and Willi (uncredited).

Walther PPK - .380 ACP. Note the ring just behind the magazine.
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Crantor attaches a sound suppressor to his Walther PPK.
Inspector Dickes holds a Walther PPK when he searches Shapiro's trailer. Dickes' aide, seen at the background, holds a nondescript pistol, possibly also a PPK.
Another view of the same scene.
Willi holds his pistol.
Another view of Willi's pistol.

Pocket Pistol

During the conflict with Shapiro (Klaus Kinski), Laura Lorelli (Hildegard Knef) draws a pocket pistol. Later, in the scene in Alsconi's villa, she gives the pistol to Don Micklem (Götz George). Judging by the shape of the gun and aking into account the pocket pistols that can be seen in West German crime films of the 1960s, this pistol can be identified as .25 caliber Gecado Model 11 or Valor SM-11, or a non-lethal Reck P6 (all three guns are almost identical, except for minor details).

For reference: Gecado Model 11 - 6.35mm Browning
Laura holds Shapiro at gunpoint.
Laura uses the pistol to block an automatic door in Alsconi's villa.
She throws the pistol to Micklem.

Unidentified pistol

An Italian police officer carries a pistol in holster. Only a minor part of the grip is seen.

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Flintlock Pistol

Three antique pistols are seen on the wall in Sir Cyrus Bradley's house. Two of those are Flintlock Pistols.

French Model An IX Cavalry Flintlock Pistol - .69 cal. Screen pistols have similar barrel bands and grips.
Three pistols are seen on the wall. The pistols on top and in center are flintlock guns.

Percussion Cap Pistol

One of the pistols on the wall seems to be a percussion cap. A percussion cap pistol in Oriental style is seen in Sir Cyrus' drawer.

The bottom pistol on the wall seems to be a percussion cap gun rather than a flintlock one.
A percussion cap pistol in Oriental style is seen in the drawer.

Submachine Guns

Sten Mk II

Two Sten Mk II submachine guns with removed buttstocks are mounted on Mario di Alsconi's (Richard Münch) wheelchair.

Sten Mk II (Canadian) - 9x19mm
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Alsconi removes the covers from both Stens. The submachine guns are mounted sideways, so that their magazines point downwards.
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Alsconi fires both Stens.

Shotguns

Double Barreled Shotgun

Sir Cyrus Bradley (Hans Paetsch) takes a Double Barreled Shotgun from his gun cabinet in a second before he is murdered.

]Sir Cyrus takes the shotgun. There are several more long guns in the gun cabinet but they are seen very briefly.

Trivia

A row of antique muzzleloading cannons is seen on the walls of an old fortress in Trieste.

Harry Mason (Hans Clarin) goes along the row of cannons.
A good view of the barrel.


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