Return of Doctor Mabuse, The

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The Return of Doctor Mabuse
(Im Stahlnetz des Dr. Mabuse)
Im Stahlnetz des Dr. Mabuse Poster.jpg
Original German Poster
Country GER.jpg West Germany
FRA.jpg France
ITA.jpg Italy
Directed by Harald Reinl
Release Date 1961
Language German
Studio CCC Film
Criterion Film
SPA Cinematografica
Distributor Constantin Film
Main Cast
Character Actor
Commissioner Lohmann Gert Fröbe
Joe Como alias Nick Scappio Lex Barker
Maria Sabrehm Daliah Lavi
Warden Wolf Fausto Tozzi
Bohmler Werner Peters
Dr. Mabuse Wolfgang Preiss
Professor Julius Sabrehm Rudolf Forster
Pastor Briefenstein Rudolf Fernau


The Return of Doctor Mabuse (German title Im Stahlnetz des Dr. Mabuse ("In the steel net of Dr. Mabuse"); US re-release title The Phantom Fiend) is a 1961 co-production German-French-Italian B&W crime thriller directed by Harald Reinl. This is the second installment in the Dr. Mabuse film series by CCC Films and a sequel to Fritz Lang's The Thousand Eyes of Dr. Mabuse (1960). German Police Commissioner Lohmann (Gert Fröbe) ivestigates the activities of an international crime organisation. It turns out that the mind behind the crimes is the archvillain Dr. Mabuse who everyone believes is dead.


The following weapons were used in the film The Return of Doctor Mabuse:

Contents


Revolvers

NHM Model 9 Revolver

The church sexton (Jean-Roger Caussimon) holds an NHM Model 9 revolver when he appears as Dr. Mabuse. What appear to be revolvers of same model are seen in hands of police personnel during the shootout at the nuclear power plant.

NHM Model 9 Type 1 blank-firing revolver - 9mm K
The fake Mabuse raises his revolver at Commissioner Lohmann.
He is gunned down and drops the revolver.
An NHM Model 9 revolver is seen in hands of a police officer at the far left.

Enfield No.2

In the final scene Commissioner Lohmann (Gert Fröbe) holds an Enfield No.2 revolver. Some police officers also use Enfield revolvers.

Enfield No. 2 Mk. I Original configuration with spurred hammer - .38 S&W
A policeman at the right holds what appears to be an Enfield No.2 revolver.
Lohmann (in center) holds an Enfield revolver.
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Lohmann confronts real Dr. Mabuse in the final scene.

Unidentified revolvers

Some handguns are seen during the shootout at the nuclear power plant. The scene is set in the night, and most guns are seen briefly and in distance. Some of these revolvers look rather Western-style, maybe they were taken from the set of some Euro-Western that was filmed on same studio.

A snub nose revolver is seen in center. It may be an NHM Model 9.
A police officer at the left holds a revolver that resembles Colt cap and ball guns, like Colt 1851 Navy.
Another view of the same revolver.
A revolver at the left resembles a Single Action Army.
Two convicts hold snub nose revolvers.

Pistols

Franz Stock Pistol

When Commissioner Lohmann (Gert Fröbe) confronts the fake Mabuse, he is armed with a Franz Stock Pistol. Judging by the barrel length, this is the Type 1 pistol.

Franz Stock Type 1 pistol - 7.65 mm Browning (.32 ACP)
Lohmann holds his pistol.
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Another view of the gun.

Sauer 1913

Joe Como (Lex Barker) carries a Sauer 1913 pistol.

Sauer 1913 - 7.65 mm Browning (.32 ACP)
Joe draws his pistol during the confrontation with murderous Alberto Sandro (Ady Berber).
Same scene on a promotional image.
Another view of the pistol.
Joe readies to pistol-whip his opponent.

Luger P08

Ispector Voss' (Joachim Mock) sidearm is a Luger P08 pistol. Lugers are also seen in hands of several other police detectives.

Luger P08 - 9x19mm
Voss (in dark overcoat) and an unnamed detective hold Lugers during the arrest of Joe Como.
Voss holds a Luger during the releasing of Joe Como and Maria Sabrehm.
A police officer at the left also holds a Luger.

Submachine Guns

MP40

A number of mentally controlled convicts are armed with MP40 SMGs during the attack on the nuclear power plant.

MP40 - 9x19mm
What appears to be an MP40 is seen in center.
The folding stock of MP40 is seen.
ISdDrMabuse-MP40-5.jpg
A convict with an MP40.

PPS-43

A PPS-43 is seen in hands of a convict.

PPS-43 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
A PPS-43 is seen.

Sterling

A Sterling submachine gun is seen in hands of a police officer.

Sterling L2A3 (Mk.4) - 9x19mm
A Sterling is seen in center.

Rifles

Unidentified rifles

Both mentally controlled convicts and police personnel at the defence of the nuclear power plant use unidentified rifles, seen very briefly and unclear.

An unidentified rifle is seen in center.
An unidentified rifle is seen in center.
Policemen with rifles. These rifles may be Karabiner 98k due to the length and turned down bolt handles but this is only a guess.

Machine Guns

Bren Mk 2

A Bren is used by the police personnel during the shootout at the nuclear power plant. The short flash hider allows to guess the machine gun to be Mk 2.

Bren Mk2 - .303 British
The Bren on position.
The Bren opens fire.
The Bren in action.

Other Weapons

Flamethrower

A custom flamethrower, mounted inside a truck, is used as a murder weapon.

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See Also

Dr. Mabuse
Starring Rudolf Klein-Rogge Dr. Mabuse The Gambler (1922)  •  The Testament of Dr. Mabuse (1933)
Starring Wolfgang Preiss The Thousand Eyes of Dr. Mabuse (1960)  •  The Return of Doctor Mabuse (1961)  •  The Invisible Dr. Mabuse (1962)  •  The Testament of Dr. Mabuse (1962)  •  Dr. Mabuse vs. Scotland Yard (1963)  •  The Death Ray of Dr. Mabuse (1964)
Starring Jerry Lacy Doctor Mabuse (2013)  •  Doctor Mabuse: Etiopomar (2014)  •  The Thousand and One Lives of Doctor Mabuse (2020)
Others The Vengeance of Dr. Mabuse (1972)  •  Dr. M (1990)

Note: Fritz Lang's films are highlighted in bold.



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