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Dr. Mabuse The Gambler

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Dr. Mabuse, the Gambler(1922)

Dr. Mabuse, the Gambler (Dr. Mabuse, der Spieler) is a 1922 German thriller directed by Fritz Lang and starring Rudolf Klein-Rogge as Dr. Mabuse, a criminal mastermind who uses his hypnotic powers to commit crimes. This is the first film in the Dr. Mabuse series.

The following weapons were used in the film Dr. Mabuse, the Gambler:


Frommer Stop

The Frommer Stop pistol is the personal sidearm of state prosecutor Norbert von Wenk (Bernhard Goetzke). It is later seen in the hands of the head of police.

Frommer Stop -.32 ACP
The Frommer Stop lays on the table, among von Wenk's belongings
During the hypnosis demonstration, a hypnotized lady takes von Wenk's pistol and hands it to an old man in the audience.
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A couple of handguns are used by the police before the raid: von Wenk has a Dreyse Model 1907 pistol, the Chief has the Frommer Stop, and the rest of the policemen are armed with revolvers.

Dreyse Model 1907

In a continuity error during the final scene, Norbert von Wenk's (Bernhard Goetzke) handgun changes to a Dreyse Model 1907 pistol.

Dreyse 1907 pistol - .32 ACP
A couple of handguns are used by the police before the raid: von Wenk has a Dreyse Model 1907 pistol, the Chief(on the far right) has the Frommer Stop, and the rest of the policemen are armed with revolvers.


Young America Bulldog

Police officers use short-barreled revolvers during the attack on the house. Their cylinders, barrel size, and rods are indicate they are Harrington & Richardson Young America revolvers.

Harrington & Richardson Young America Bulldog - .32 Rimfire
The policeman (taking cover behind the wall) fires his revolver.

Nagant M1895

Hawasch (Károly Huszár) and Georg (Hans Adalbert von Schlettow) both have revolvers. Despite being hardly seen, their grips, cylinders, and hammers indicate they are Nagant M1895 revolvers. State prosecutor von Wenk (Bernhard Goetzke) is also seen using one.

Russian Nagant 1895, produced 1920s - 7.62x38N cartridge. The rounded front sight is a sign of revolvers produced from 1890s until 1930.
Hawasch leaves his revolver on the table.
Georg dual fires his revolvers
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Norbert von Wenk holds his revolver
Hawasch struggles to cock his revolver.


Gewehr 1871

The Mauser Gewehr 1871 is the most utilized weapon in the film. The German soldiers use Mauser Gewehr 1871 rifles (both full length and carbine versions) during the attack on the house. Hawasch (Karoly Huszar), Dr. Mabuse (Rudolf Klein-Rogge), Fine (Grete Berger), and Spoerri (Robert Forster-Larrinaga) all use carbines versions of the same rifle during the shootout. One full length rifle is also used fired from a house by an unknown shooter.

Mauser Gewehr 1871 - 11x60mmR
Karabiner 1871 - 11x60mmR
The marksman fires his rifle.
The soldiers move in.
The soldiers fire their full length Mauser Gewehr 1871s.
Hawasch loads his rifle
The assault troops are armed with carbines and hand grenades.
Dr.Mabuse (Rudolf Klein-Rogge) fires his carbine.
Fine fires while a high Spoerri struggles to reload his carbine.
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Fake Stielhandgranate

The assault troops and state prosecutor von Wenk (Bernhard Goetzke) use fake hand grenades resembling various German-made stick grenades in an attempt to break the door of the house. Note: real explosions are seen, but they were caused by other grenades.

The assault troops are armed with carbines and hand grenades.
Hawasch attempts to throw a grenade.

No. 15 Hand Grenade "Ball"

During the assault, real explosions tear down the door of the house. Upon closer inspection, some round grenades are seen. They are, most likely, British No. 15 Hand Grenade "Ball" grenades as they have fuses and a similar shape.

The balls circled in red are the ones which cause the explosions.
The explosion of a metal ball. Note the flying shrapnel.

Hidden Bomb

Pesch (Georg John) and Spoerri (Robert Forster Larinaga) are seen hiding a bomb inside a toolbox.

TRIVIA: In order to detonate the bomb, Pesch throws the toolbox inside a room (hardly hitting it against the floor).

Pesch places the device in the toolbox.

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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