White Spider (Die weiße Spinne), The
The White Spider (Die weiße Spinne) is a 1963 German B&W detective movie directed by Harald Reinl and adapted from the 1929 novel by Louis Weinert-Wilton. A passionate gambler Richard Irvine is killed in a car accident. A glass white spider on his keyring is the symbol for one of London's most notorious contract killer gangs. As the insurance company refuses to pay for Irvine's life insurance, his widow Muriel (Karin Dor) is arranged to work in a reform society for convicts. Here she meets Ralph Hubbard (Joachim Fuchsberger) who was recently released from Dartmoor. Meanwhile a Scotland Yard detective who investigates a series of seemingly accidental deaths is found dead. Inspector Conway, a mysterious Australian crime fighter who prefers to holds his anonymity and hides his face, is summoned for the case.
The film was created on the wave of success of Rialto Edgar Wallace film series and even "steals" the character of Sir John of Scotland Yard, a constant participant of Rialto films. The original film poster is even designed in same style as the posters of Wallace films.
The following weapons were used in the film The White Spider (Die weiße Spinne):
NHM Model 9 Revolver
Dreyse Model 1907
Inspector Dawson (Paul Klinger) carries a Dreyse Model 1907 pistol. This is a rarely seen early version of the pistol, identified by the serration on both slide and barrel. In the final scene a Dreyse (same version and likely same prop reused) is held by Summerfield (Dieter Eppler).
In the final scene two police officers hold handguns that are seen in darkness and hardly can be identified.