Hunchback of Soho (Der Bucklige von Soho), The

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The Hunchback of Soho
(Der Bucklige von Soho)
Der Bucklige von Soho Poster.jpg
Original German Poster
Country GER.jpg West Germany
Directed by Alfred Vohrer
Release Date 1966
Language German
Studio Rialto Film
Distributor Constantin Film
Main Cast
Character Actor
Inspector Hopkins Günther Stoll
Wanda Merville Monika Peitsch
Allan Davis Pinkas Braun
Reverend David Eddi Arent
Sir John Siegfried Schürenberg
General Edward Perkins Hubert von Meyerinck
Lady Majorie Perkins Agnes Windeck
Gladys Gardner Uta Levka
Harold Stone Joachim Teege
Harry Winston, "The Hunchback" Richard Haller


The Hunchback of Soho (Der Bucklige von Soho) is a 1966 German detective movie directed by Alfred Vohrer. Young Wanda Merville (Monika Peitsch) arrives from New York to London to come for the inheritance but soon she is abducted and held in the reformatory for girls, controlled by administrator Alan Davis (Pinkas Braun) and Reverend David (Eddi Arent). In reality the reformatory is used to engage the girls in prostitution. Meanwhile Inspector Hopkins (Günther Stoll) of Scotland Yard investigate a row of murders of prostitutes who were cruelly strangled by a horrible hunchback. The investigation leads his to the trail of Wanda Merville.

The film is the 21st installment in the Rialto Film studio film series (1959-1972) and the first in the series to be shot in color. It isn't based directly on any of Wallace's works but takes some motifs.

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The following weapons were used in the film The Hunchback of Soho (Der Bucklige von Soho):

Contents


Revolvers

Arminius HW-1

Arminius HW-1 revolvers seen in hands of Inspector Hopkins (Günther Stoll), his superior Sir John (Siegfried Schürenberg), Allan Davis (Pinkas Braun), Reverend David (Eddi Arent), General Edward Perkins (Hubert von Meyerinck), the overseer of the reformatory (Hilde Sessak), and a police sergeant (Kurt Waitzmann).

Arminius HW-1 starter revolver
Davis threatens Wanda Merville's barrister Harold Stone (Joachim Teege).
Hopkins holds his revolver when pursuing Davis in the sewers.
Sir John holds his revolver in the same scene. While the character appears in sixteen films of the Edgas Wallace series, this is the first of only two cases he holds a gun (after all, sir John is the head of Scotland Yard, not some ordinary detective!)
Sir John barely survives the attack and drops his gun.
The overseer hides the revolver behind her back when she approaches to the Hunchback.
Davis fires the "suppressed" revolver. This "suppressor" in reality is the muzzle adapter for launching the signal flares.
Reverend David aims the revolver at his accomplice Davis.
Another view of Rev. David's gun in the same scene.
The sergeant is hit by Hunchback when trying to arrest him.
Gen. Perkins fires a revolver in the final scene.

Unidentified revolvers

A revolver is briefly seen in the gun cabinet in Gen. Perkins' estate. Judging by the shape of the grip, this gun is most likely a target weapon.

The barrel of the revolver is seen at the top left of the gun cabinet.
The shape of the grip of the revolver resembles target guns.


One more revolver (or maybe a target pistol) is seen on the bottom of the cabinet.

The handgun is seen on the bottom left of the gun cabinet.

Submachine Guns

MP40

An MP40 is seen on the wall in Gen. Perkins' "war room".

MP40 - 9x19mm
An MP40 and a Sturmgewehr 44 (without buttstock and magazine) are seen on the wall.

Rifles and Assault Rifles

Sturmgewehr 44

A Sturmgewehr 44 without buttstock and magazine is seen on the wall in Gen. Perkins' "war room".

Sturmgewehr 44 - 7.92x33mm Kurz
An MP40 and an Sturmgewehr 44 are seen on the wall.

Unidentified rifles

Five battle rifles of unclear models are seen in the gun rack in Gen. Perkins' "war room".

Five rifles are seen at the background. The second from the left rifle has typical Mauser 98 style top barrel band. The first and third rifles also may have Mauser 98 style top barrel bands but of simplified model.
Another view of the gun rack.
The stocks of two rifles are seen.

Various long guns

Five long guns are seen in the gun cabinet in Gen. Perkins' estate.

Two single barreled shotguns or top-break rifles are seen in the left part of the gun cabinet, together with two revolvers.
Two of the three long guns in the right part of the gun cabinet. The one at the right has a very long barrel.
The stocks of all five guns are seen.
One of the guns in the right part has a large trigger guard connected with a kind of lever. Maybe it's a kind of Schuetzen (target) rifles with falling block action.
Two guns in the left part are seen.
The gun at the far right also seems to have a kind of lever.

Machine Guns

MG34

An MG34 is seen in Gen. Perkins' "war room".

MG34 with front and rear sights folded down - 7.92x57mm Mauser
An MG34 leans against the wall together with an MG42.
The barrel of the MG34 is seen at the right.

MG42

An MG42 is also seen in Gen. Perkins' "war room".

MG42 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A very rusty looking MG42 leans against the wall together with an MG34.

Trivia

In his "war room" Gen. Perkins recreates the Battle for Tobruk. Toy tanks that he uses to represent the troops under his command look very different from wartime models, especially from British ones.

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Der Bucklige von Soho-Tanks-2.jpg

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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