Terrible People (Die Bande des Schreckens), The

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The Terrible People
(Die Bande des Schreckens)
Die Bande des Schreckens Poster.jpg
Original German Poster
Country GER.jpg West Germany
Directed by Harald Reinl
Release Date 1960
Language German
Studio Rialto Film
Distributor Constantin Film
Main Cast
Character Actor
Chief Inspector Long Joachim Fuchsberger
Nora Sanders Karin Dor
Lord Godley Long Fritz Rasp
Crayley Dieter Eppler
Henry Ulrich Beiger
Alice Cravel Karin Kernke
Sir Archibald Morton Ernst Fritz Fürbringer
Mrs. Revelstoke Elisabeth Flickenschildt
Richard Cravel Alf Marholm
Antony Edwards Eddi Arent


The Terrible People (Die Bande des Schreckens ("The Band of Terror") is a 1960 German detective movie directed by Harald Reinl and adapted from the 1926 novel by Edgar Wallace. Clay Shelton is sentenced to death penalty for his crimes. Before the execution he swears to return after the death and take the lives of everyone who participated in his arrest and trial.

The film is the third installment in the Rialto Film studio film series (1959-1972) adapted from the novels of Edgar Wallace.

Note: the HD version of the movie is released in 1920x1080px but with very wide (a quarter of the overall width!) black bars on both sides. They are cropped on the screenshots below hence the non-standard aspect ratio.

SPOILERS.jpg WARNING! Major spoilers ahead!



The following weapons were used in the film The Terrible People (Die Bande des Schreckens):

Contents


Handguns

NHM Model 9 Revolver

Snub nose revolvers, seen in hands of Clay Shelton (Otto Collin), Monkford (Karl-Georg Saebisch), Henry (Ulrich Beiger), and Chief Inspector Long (Joachim Fuchsberger), are NHM Model 9 gas-firing revolvers.

NHM Model 9 Type 1 blank-firing revolver - 9mm K
Banker Monkford hears the alarm and draws the revolver from the drawer.
Clay Shelton fires at a constable.
Monkford knocks the gun out of Shelton's hand with a well-aimed shot.
Henry holds Long at gunpoint in the climactic scene.
Henry's revolver on the floor.
Henry tries to reach the gun.
Chief Inspector Long with Henry's revolver.

Unidentified revolver

In the climactic scene false Clay Shelton (whose identity is revealed at last as (SPOILER! Highlight to see description)Mrs. Revelstoke (Elisabeth Flickenschildt)) holds an unidentified revolver. This is not the NHM Model 9, as this revolver has thinner barrel without the rib and diferent ejector rod, but it may be an NHM Model 6 that is also seen in several other movies of the Edgar Wallace films series.

For comparison: NHM Model 6 blank firing revolver - .22 blank and gas
False Clay Shelton holds a revolver.
The shadow of the gun reveals the outline.

Walther PP

Chief Inspector Long (Joachim Fuchsberger) carries a Walther PP pistol. In the climactic scene Long's pistol falls in hands of Richard Cravel (Alf Marholm).

War Time Walther PP - .32 ACP
Long draws his pistol during the ambush on the road.
Another view of Long's pistol in the same scene.
Long puts the pistol in shoulder holster.
Long draws the pistol in the scene with Alice Cravel.
Long's pistol on the floor in the climactic scene. Note the lack of the magazine (that doesn't prevent Cravel from "shooting" the gun).
Cravel with Long's Walther and Henry with NHM Model 9 revolver.
Cravel holds Long at gunpoint.
Sergeant Rouch (Günther Hauer) holds a Walther PP with the slide, locked in the rear position, as it can be seen by the shadow of the gun - the thin barrel protruding from the slide.

Rifles

Lee-Enfield Hunting Rifle

A shooter (uncredited) who ambushed Chief Inspector Long's car on the road is armed with a Lee-Enfield hunting rifle with the stock in Mannlicher-Schoenauer style.

Lee-Enfield No. 1 Mk III* - .303 British
For comparison: Mannlicher-Schoenauer Carbine
The muzzle and the front sight are seen.
A slightly blurry view of the barrel.
The rifle near the dead shooter. The Lee-Enfield magazine and bolt are seen.

Other Weapons

Telephone Handset Assassination Device

Richard Cravel (Alf Marholm) creates a shooting telephone handset as a trap for Chief Inspector Long.

Long finds out the trap...
Die Bande des Schreckens-Device-3.jpg
...and uses the shooting device against Cravel.

See Also

Edgar Wallace
Pre-WWII Films
Edgar Wallace Mysteries (1960–1965) 47 films
Other 1940s-1970s British films and TV series
Rialto Film (1959-1972) Face of the Frog (1959)  •  The Crimson Circle (1960)  •  The Terrible People (1960)  •  The Green Archer (1961)  •  The Dead Eyes of London (1961)  •  The Devil's Daffodil (1961)  •  The Forger of London (1961)  •  The Strange Countess (1961)  •  The Puzzle of the Red Orchid (1962)  •  The Door with Seven Locks (1962)  •  The Inn on the River (1962)  •  The Squeaker (1963)  •  The Black Abbot (1963)  •  The Indian Scarf (1963)  •  Room 13 (1964)  •  The Curse of the Hidden Vault (1964)  •  The Ringer (1964)  •  Traitor's Gate (1964)  •   Again the Ringer (1965)  •  The Sinister Monk (1965)  •  The Hunchback of Soho (1966)  •  The Trygon Factor (1966)  •  Creature with the Blue Hand (1967)  •  The Monk with the Whip (1967)  •  The Horror of Blackwood Castle (1968)  •  The Zombie Walks (1968)  •  Gorilla Gang (1968)  •  The Man with the Glass Eye (1969)  •  Double Face (1969)  •  Angels of Terror (1971)  •  What Have You Done to Solange? (1972)  •  Seven Blood-Stained Orchids (1972)
Harry Alan Towers' British-German Film Series Death Drums Along the River (1963)  •  Coast of Skeletons (1965)  •  Circus of Fear (1966)  •  Five Golden Dragons (1967)
German Kurt Ulrich-Film and CCC-Film Productions The Avenger (1960)  •  The Curse of the Yellow Snake (1963)  •  The Devil Came from Akasava (1971)




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