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The Death Ray of Dr. Mabuse

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The Death Ray of Dr. Mabuse
Die Todesstrahlen des Dr Mabuse Poster.jpg
Original German Poster
Country GER.jpg West Germany
FRA.jpg France
ITA.jpg Italy
Directed by Hugo Fregonese
Release Date 1964
Language English
Studio CCC Film
Franco London Film
Criterion Film
Serena Film
Distributor Gloria Film
Main Cast
Character Actor
Major Bob Anders Peter van Eyck
Professor Larsen O.E. Hasse
Gilda Larsen Yvonne Fourneaux
Judy Rika Dialina
Professor Pohland Walter Rilla
Kaspar Dieter Eppler
Chefarzt Ernst Schröder
Colonel Matson Robert Beatty
Dr. Krishna Valéry Inkijinoff
Botani Claudio Gora

The Death Ray of Dr. Mabuse (also released as The Secret of Dr. Mabuse; German title Die Todesstrahlen des Dr. Mabuse) is a 1964 co-production German-French-Italian B&W spy thriller directed by Hugo Fregonese. This is the sixth and the last installment in the Dr. Mabuse film series by CCC Films. Unlike the previous movies, this one was filmed in English. The plot is set on Malta where James Bond style agent of the British Secret Service Major Anders (Peter van Eyck) is sent to investigate the works of Professor Larsen on the "death ray" weapon. Anders soon understands that someone else hunts for the invention.

The following weapons were used in the film The Death Ray of Dr. Mabuse:



Arminius HW-1

Major Bob Anders (Peter van Eyck) and Admiral Quency (Leo Genn) use Arminius HW-1 revolvers in several scenes. Dr. Mabuse's lieutenant Kaspar (Dieter Eppler) holds a revolver during the shootout on the fishering boat. His gun is seen in distance but also seems to be an HW-1.

Arminius HW-1 starter revolver
Anders fires his revolver during the shootout on the fishering boat.
He opens the cylinder of the revolver.
Kaspar holds a revolver.
Anders fires his revolver in the scene in Mercedes' house.
Same scene on a promotional image.
Anders holds his revolver in the scene in the laboratory.
Admiral Quency fires his revolver in the scene in the laboratory.
Anders holds his revolver in the final scene.

NHM Model 6

Dr. Krishna (Valéry Inkijinoff) is armed with a revolver that is supposed to be an NHM Model 6 during the shootout in the laboratory.

NHM Model 6 blank firing revolver - .22 blank and gas
Dr. Krishna holds his revolver.
The revolver is seen at the foreground.
The revolver near Krishna's body.

NHM Model 9

A revolver that is supposed to be an NHM Model 9 is briefly seen in hands of Col. Matson (Robert Beatty) in the final scene.

NHM Model 9 Type 1 blank-firing revolver - 9mm K
The blurry but identifiable revolver in hands of Col. Matson.

Unidentified revolver

A revolver is briefly seen in hands of Commander Adams (Charles Fawcett) during the shootout on the beach.

A revolver is very briefly seen in hands of Commander Adams.


Walther PPK

When Kaspar (Dieter Eppler) guards captured Anders, he is armed with a Walther PPK instead of previously seen revolver. Bob Anders (Peter van Eyck) manages to disarm Kaspar and takes his gun.

Walther PPK - .380 ACP. Note the ring just behind the magazine.
Kaspar holds Anders at gunpoint.
Anders holds the captured pistol when he examines the crypt where he is held.
The rear part of the pistol and the ring hammer spur are seen.
Another view of the pistol.

Walther P38

Dr. Mabuse under the mask of Admiral Quency (Leo Genn) holds a Walther P38 in the scene in the laboratory. During the following shootout P38 pistols are seen in hands of Kaspar (Dieter Eppler) and Jason Monta (Massimo Pietrobon).

Walther P38 WWII dated with black grips - 9x19mm
Fake Admiral Quency holds a P38.
He puts the pistol on the table.
Kaspar breaks in the laboratory with a P38 in hands.
Another view of Kaspar's pistol.
Kaspar's P38 is seen in action.
Jason Monta holds a P38.


During the shootout in the laboratory Jason Monta (Massimo Pietrobon) is armed with an M1911-style pistol. Later Monta holds a P38 while the pistol that is most likely the same 1911 is seen in hands of Botani (Claudio Gora).

For comparison: World War II Colt M1911A1 - .45 ACP. This was an issued U.S. Army pistol with parkerized finish, thus the official designation of M1911A1
Jason Monta holds the M1911-style pistol.
Another view of the gun.
Another view of the gun.
Botani holds supposedly same pistol.
Several pistols are seen in the boat where the firearms for the frogmen are stored. One of these guns, at the far right, seems to be an M1911-style.

Luger P08

Kaspar's assistant is armed with a Luger P08 during the shootout on the fishering boat. A Luger is also seen among the guns in the boat.

Luger P08 - 9x19mm
A Luger is seen during the shootout on the fishering boat.
A Luger is seen in the boat.

Mondial Model 1900

Mercedes' (Yoko Tani) pocket pistol is a Mondial Model 1900 or some similar blank-firing gun of Italian or German manufacture.

Mondial Model 1900
Mercedes pulls the pistol from below the pillow.
The pistol is much better seen on a promotional image.

CZ 27

Several pistols are seen in the boat where the firearms for the frogmen are stored. One of these guns is supposed to be a CZ 27 that is often used the Dr. Mabuse film series.

CZ 27 - .32 ACP
The pistol to the right of the Luger P08 seems to be a CZ 27.

Submachine Guns


MP40 submachine guns are used by Major Bob Anders (Peter van Eyck), Cmdr. Adams (Charles Fawcett), Dr. Mabuse's henchmen, notably Kaspar (Dieter Eppler), and Malta Coast Guard sailors.

MP40 - 9x19mm
Two of Mabuse's frogmen fires their MP40s at Anders, Adams and Quency.
Adams grabs an MP40. Two or three more MP40s are seen in the boat.
Adams fires.
A frogman with an MP40 is gunned down.
Anders with an MP40.
Kaspar fires an MP40 in the final scene.
A Coast Guard sailor fires at Mabuse's henchman who is also armed with an MP40.
A Coast Guard sailor carries an MP40 on sling.

Unidentified submachine gun

When Mabuse's frogmen prepare for the attack on the laboratory, at least two of them are armed with submachine guns with fixed stocks and side-mounted magazines.

A frogman takes an SMG with fixed stock from the boat.
The side mounted magazine is seen.

Rifles and Muskets

Unknown Rifle

A small part of a rifle, probably a hunting or sporting model, is seen in one scene.

The muzzle and the ramp front sight of the rifle are seen.
The shooter attaches the sound suppressor.
The suppressed rifle.

Matchlock Arquebuse

A number of matchlock arquebuses with visible lever triggers, common for 15th-16th century guns, are seen in the local museum.

Matchlock Arquebus with Crossbow Lever Trigger.
Four matchlock arquebuses are seen on the wall at the right.

Other Weapons

Flare Pistol

In one scene a Mabuse's henchman fires a flare pistol, signalling for the attack.

The gun itself isn't seen, only the flash and the following signal flare.

Spear Guns

Spear guns of several different models are used in the underwater combat between Mabuse's frogmen and the British special unit Dolfin personnel.

A frogman holds a spear gun and a spear.
A frogman with a spear gun.
A close view of a spear gun.
A frogman shoots a spear gun.
A frogman who just shoot his spear gun is in turn hit with an enemy spear.

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