Strange Countess (Die seltsame Gräfin), The

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The Strange Countess
(Die seltsame Gräfin)
Die seltsame Grafin Poster.jpg
Original German Poster
Country GER.jpg West Germany
Directed by Josef von Baky
Jurgen Roland
Release Date 1961
Language German
Studio Rialto Film
Distributor Constantin Film
Main Cast
Character Actor
Inspector Michael 'Mike' Dorn Joachim Fuchsberger
Margaret Louis Reedle Brigitte Grothum
Lady Eleanora Moron Lil Dagover
Stuart Bresset Klaus Kinski
Mary Pinder Marianne Hoppe
Dr. Tappat Rudolf Fernau
Chesney Praye Richard Häussler
Lord Selwyn Moron Eddi Arent
Barrister Shaddle Fritz Rasp
Lizzy Smith Edith Hancke

The Strange Countess (Die seltsame Gräfin) is a 1961 German detective movie directed by Josef von Baky and and adapted from the 1925 novel by Edgar Wallace. Margaret Reedle (Brigitte Grothum), a secretary of a barrister, receives mysterious phone calls with death threats. Soon after she suffers several attacks and is saved only with the help of the certain Mike Dorn (Joachim Fuchsberger). Hoping to escape the danger, Margaret flees London and takes a job as private secretary to the snobbish Countess Leonora Moron (Lil Dagover). However, it soon turns out that the escape to the castle was the wrong decision.

The film is the eighth installment in the Rialto Film studio film series (1959-1972) adapted from the novels of Edgar Wallace and the second screen adaptation of the original Wallace's novel after 1933 British film The Jewel.


The following weapons were used in the film The Strange Countess (Die seltsame Gräfin):


NHM Model 9 Revolver

NHM Model 9 gas revolvers are used by Inspector Mike Dorn (Joachim Fuchsberger) and Dr. Tappat (Rudolf Fernau). In the final scene Lady Eleanora Moron (Lil Dagover) briefly holds a revolver.

NHM Model 9 Type 1 blank-firing revolver - 9mm K
Inspector Dorn disarms Chesney Praye in the scene in Dr. Tappat's asylum.
Dorn holds his revolver in the same scene.
Dr. Tappat loads his gun in the climactic scene in the castle.
Tappat's revolver is seen when he grapples with Dorn.
Die seltsame Grafin-NHMmod9-5.jpg
Tappat manages to disarm Dorn.
Lady Moron picks up Tappat's revolver.

Unidentified revolver

In the climactic scene Lord Selwyn Moron (Eddi Arent) fires a revolver that is seen only in distance. This revolver has longer and slimmer barrel than Dorn's and Tappat's guns; it may be an NHM Model 6 that is also seen in other films of Rialto Edgar Wallace series.

For comparison: NHM Model 6 blank firing revolver - .22 blank and gas
Selvin Moron fires.

Herbert Schmidt Model 4

Chesney Praye (Richard Häussler) owns a pocket pistol that seems to be a Herbert Schmidt Model 4 (also mentioned as HS4) gas-firing gun. Inspector Dorn disarms him.

Herbert Schmidt Model 4 - 8mm blank and gas ammo
Die seltsame Grafin-PocketPistol-1.jpg
Dorn takes the pistol from Praye's shoulder holster. The general shape of the gun matches the HS4.
The large rounded trigger guard is seen.

Unidentified pocket pistol

In the climactic scene Dorn hands the pocket pistol to Margaret Reedle (Brigitte Grothum) but this a definitly different gun than the one, taken from Praye. Most likely this gun is some non-lethal model, like many other handguns in the film series.

Margaret holds the pistol.
She fires.

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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