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Dr. Mabuse vs. Scotland Yard

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Dr. Mabuse vs. Scotland Yard
(Scotland Yard jagt Dr. Mabuse)
Scotland Yard jagt DrMabuse Poster.jpg
Original German Poster
Country GER.jpg West Germany
Directed by Paul May
Release Date 1963
Language German
Studio CCC Film
Distributor Gloria Film
Main Cast
Character Actor
Major Bill Tern Peter van Eyck
Nancy Masterson Sabine Bethmann
George Cockstone Dieter Borsche
Inspector Vulpius Werner Peters
Professor Pohland Walter Rilla
Dr. Mabuse's ghost Wolfgang Preiss
Inspector Joe Wright Klaus Kinski
Gwendolyn Tern Agnes Windeck

Dr. Mabuse vs. Scotland Yard (German title Scotland Yard jagt Dr. Mabuse; other English release titles Scotland Yard Hunts Dr. Mabuse and Scotland Yard vs. Dr Mabuse) is a 1963 German B&W crime thriller directed by Paul May. This is the fifth installment in the Dr. Mabuse film series by CCC Films. The plot is adapted from the Bryan Edgar Wallace's (the son of better known Edgar Wallace) novel "The Device" by replacing the figure of the original villain by Dr. Mabuse. Mabuse is dead, but his spirit possesses Professor Pohland (Walter Rilla). Pohland escapes to London where he plans to spread chaos and terror, following the testament of Dr. Mabuse. His main tool is a mind-controlling device, the invention of the murdered German scientist. Inspector Vulpius (Werner Peters) of the Hamburg criminal police and Major Bill Tern (Peter van Eyck) of the Scotland Yard together confront the arch-villain.

The following weapons were used in the film Dr. Mabuse vs. Scotland Yard:


Smith & Wesson Victory Model

In the climactic scene Smith & Wesson Victory Model revolvers, identified by the plain wooden grips and the lanyard ring, are used by Pohland (Walter Rilla) and Inspector Joe Wright (Klaus Kinski). Pohland's gun constantly switches between the revolver and the Walther P38 pistol.

Smith & Wesson Victory Model. This is a British "Lend Lease" version chambered in .38 S&W
Pohland holds the revolver.
He fires at Bill Tern. In the following scene Pohland holds a P38.
The grip of Wright's revolver is seen.
Pohland's P38 switches back to the revolver.
One more view of the revolver.
Wounded Wright holds his revolver.

Unidentified revolver

In the final scene a police constable holds a revolver. It is seen only partially.

A constable holds his revolver. It resembles Smith & Wesson models but the exect model hardly can be identified.
The barrel with ramp front sight is seen at the left.


FN Model 1900

Major Bill Tern (Peter van Eyck) and Inspector Joe Wright (Klaus Kinski) carry FN Model 1900 pistols in several scenes. Pohland's assistant Ernest Hyliard (Wolfgang Lukschy) uses an FN Model 1900 with a mockup sound suppressor in the scene in the train.

FN Model 1900 - .32 ACP
Hyliard kills a guard, escorting Cockstone. Note that the mockup suppressor is attached to the top part of the barrel that would be correct for most pistols but not for FN 1900 that has the barrel positioned below the recoil spring.
Another view of Hyliard's pistol.
Wright aims his pistol at his driver James when the latter started acting weird.
Wright holds his pistol.
Tern holds his pistol when he sneaks into the Pohland's hideout.
A close-up of Tern's pistol.
Tern holds his pistol during the shootout with Pohland. It this scene his handgun constantly switches between the FN 1900 and the Walther P38.
Tern with the FN 1900 and Vulpius with the CZ 27 in the final scene.

CZ 27

Inspector Vulpius (Werner Peters) carries a CZ 27 pistol.

CZ 27 - 7.65x17mm (.32 ACP)
Vulpius holds his pistol.
Vulpius holds his pistol in the climactic scene.
Tern with the FN Model 1900 and Vulpius with the CZ 27 in the final scene.

Walther P38

In the climactic scene Pohland's (Walter Rilla) handgun constantly switches between S&W Victory revolver and Walther P38 pistol.

Walther P38 WWII dated with black grips - 9x19mm
Pohland's Smith & Wesson revolver switches to a P38.
Pohland fires. The spent brass is seen in the midair at the far left.
Pohland in shootout with Bill Tern.

Walther P38 "Heavy Barrel"

In the same scene Bill Tern's (Peter van Eyck) pistol constantly switches between the FN 1900 and a gun that looks like a Walther P38 with an uncommon heavy barrel. It may be a live gun, reworked as a sporting pistol, or a kind of blank- or gas-firing replica.

The uncommon heavy barrel is seen.
After a single shot the slide stops in the rear position.
One more view of the pistol.
A view of the muzzle.

Walther Model 4

Mrs. Gwendolyn Tern (Agnes Windeck), Bill Tern's mother, holds a Walther Model 4 in one scene. In the climactic scene a Walther Model 4 is used by Pohland's assistant George Cockstone (Dieter Borsche). A close-up reveals this gun as Late Second Variant, judging by the shape of the slide serration, the raised rear sight and the hemispherical front sight.

Walther Model 4 - 7.65x17mm (.32 ACP)
Mrs. Tern meets her son with a pistol in hand.
Another view of the pistol.
The pistol in hands of Bill Tern (Peter van Eyck).
Cockstone holds the Walther.
A close-up of the pistol.

Sauer 1913

A guard, convoying convict George Cockstone in the train, is armed with a Sauer 1913 pistol.

Sauer 1913 - 7.65 mm Browning (.32 ACP)
The guard draws his pistol.
The guard is gunned down.

Unidentified pistols

A pistol is seen in Prof. Masterson's dead hand.

The scene of the alleged suicide of Prof. Masterson.
The pistol on the table.

Numerous police constables hold pistols in the climactic scene. These handguns are seen very briefly. Mostly they are large frame pistols.

Constables with pistols approach to the hideout.
Another view of the same scene.
A constable at the foreground holds an M1911-style pistol.
Another view of the same scene.

Submachine Guns


Many of Pohland's mentally controlled henchmen are armed with MP40 submachine guns during the robbery of the money delivering train. In the climactic scene MP40s are seen in hands of armed police constables.

MP40 - 9x19mm
Joe Wright (Klaus Kinski) holds an MP40 during the train robbery.
One of the henchmen holds an MP40 in the same scene.
A henchman holds the locomotive crew at gunpoint.
Ernest Hyliard (Wolfgang Lukschy) runs with an MP40 when the police approach the hideout.
Two police constables with MP40s.
A police constable escorts arrested Cockstone.


One of the mentally controlled police constables on guard in Pohland's hideout is armed with a PPS-43. This SMG has a straight magazine, probably being a German wartime convertion in 9mm Par (this is not one of 9mm Finnish or Spanish submachine guns based on PPS-43 as it retains the standard PPS magazine well).

PPS-43 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
For reference: PPS-43 with straight magazine. The origin of this particular gun is supposed to be Chinese but the conversion for the usage of magazines of MP40s may look the same.
The guard carries a PPS-43 with unfolded stock. The straight magazine in the standard PPS-43 magazine well is seen.
Another view of the submachine gun.
The barrel shroud is seen.
Tern stuns the guard. The straight magazine is seen.

M3A1 "Grease Gun"

What seems to be an M3A1 "Grease Gun" is very briefly seen in hands of an armed police constable in the climactic scene.

M3A1 "Grease Gun" - .45 ACP
A constable at the background holds an M3A1 submachine gun.


Double Barreled Shotgun

George Cockstone (Dieter Borsche) and Ernest Hyliard (Wolfgang Lukschy) carry Double Barreled Shotguns when they go around the area around the hideout.

Cockstone (at the left) and Hyliard carry shotguns.

Rifles and assault rifles


Several of Pohland's mentally controlled henchmen are armed with L1A1 rifles during the train robbery. In the climactic scene L1A1 rifles are widely used by the armed police constables.

L1A1 SLR, original model - 7.62x51mm NATO. Early version of the L1A1 had wood stocks, handguard and pistol grips, along with a cylindrical wood carry handle.
The henchmen with L1A1 rifles and MP40 submachine guns waylay the money transporting train.
Despite the darkness, the rifles are seen good enough.
A henchmen holds the security guards at gunpoint.
An L1A1 rifle in hands of a henchman.
A police constable at the far right carries an L1A1.
A police constable at the background holds an L1A1.
Police constables at the Pohland's hideout in the final scene.

AK-47 / AKS-47

AK-47 and/or AKS-47 assault rifles can be very briefly seen in hands of several armed constables in the climactic scene. Of course, such guns are radically alien for the UK police forces. This is the first appearance of the AK in any Western Bloc media.

Type 1 AKS-47 - 7.62x39mm
A police sergeant at the left holds an AK.
Another view of the same gun.
An AKS is seen at the far right.
The folding stock can be seen.
A constable at the background left holds an AK.

Unidentified rifles

Two rifles, most likely bolt-action guns, are seen in Pohland's hideout.

Two rifles are seen in the gun rack together with a double barreled shotgun.

Other Weapons

Mills Bomb

Mentally controlled police driver James (Jürgen Draeger) holds a Mills Bomb that is gived to him by Hyliard.

No. 36M Mk. I "Mills Bomb"
A close-up of James' grenade.

Grenade Launcher (mockup)

A crude mockup of a grenade launcher (nothing more than a tube with a pistol grip) is used by an armed police constable in the climactic scene. This "weapon" is described as shooting gas grenades with sleeping gas.

The constable readies the launcher.
The launcher produces only faint smoke.

Fictional Hand Grenade

In the climactic scene Ernest Hyliard (Wolfgang Lukschy) holds a fictional ball hand grenade. When he is gunned down by Joe Wright (Klaus Kinski), the latter takes the grenade and uses it.

Hyliard holds a grenade.
Wright crawls in the Pohland's laboratory with the grenade in hand.
A close view of the grenade allows to guess that this prop is based on a kind of a rubber ball.

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