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The Seventh Victim (Das siebente Opfer)

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The Seventh Victim
(Das siebente Opfer)
Das siebente Opfer Poster.jpg
Original German Poster
Country GER.jpg West Germany
Directed by Franz Josef Gottlieb
Release Date 1964
Language German
Studio CCC Filmproduktion
Distributor Nora-Filmverleih
Main Cast
Character Actor
Peter Brooks Hansjörg Felmy
Avril Mant Ann Smyrner
Reverend Turner Hans Nielsen
Ed Ranova Wolfgang Lukschy
Inspeсtor Bradley Heinz Engelmann
Gerald Mant Helmuth Lohner
Lord John Mant Walter Rilla
Dr. Howard Trent Harry Riebauer

The Seventh Victim (Das siebente Opfer; English DVD release title The Racetrack Murders) is a 1964 German detective movie directed by Franz Josef Gottlieb and based a novel "Murder Is Not Enough" by Bryan Edgar Wallace (son of better known Edgar Wallace). Lord John Mant (Walter Rilla) owns a horse that is the favourite of the upcoming Royal Ascot horse race. But there are people who want to prevent the victory of Lord John's horse at any cost, including murder.

The film is the sixth installment in the CCC Filmproduktion studio film series (1962-1972), based on the works of Bryan Edgar Wallace.


The following weapons were used in the film The Seventh Victim (Das siebente Opfer):


Arminius HW-1

Arminius HW-1 revolvers are seen in hands of Ed Ranova (Wolfgang Lukschy), Peter Brooks (Hansjörg Felmy), Inspector Bradley (Heinz Engelmann), Lord Mant's butler Irving (Peter Vogel), Turner's accomplice Yo Ma (Anneli Sauli), and Ed Ranova's unnamed bodyguard (Rolf Eden).

Arminius HW-1 starter revolver
The shady businessman Ed Ranova threatens veterinarian Howard Trent.
Another view of Ranova's revolver.
In the climactic scene Inspector Bradley uses an HW-1 in shootout with Ed Ranova.
Ranova fires at Brooks and Inspector Bradley.
Brooks fires at Turner.
Yo Ma aims her revolver at Brooks and Avril Mant.
Irving with Ranova's revolver.
Irving holds the revolver in the final scene.

Wz. 35 Vis

A Wz. 35 Vis is used by Reverend Turner (Hans Nielsen).

Wz. 35 Vis - 9x19mm
In the opening scene a suppressed Vis is used to kill a musician who knew too much. The mockup sound suppressor is in fact an adapter for launching the signal flares, used on Arminius HW-1 revolver.
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Turner cocks his pistol in the climactic scene.
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He holds Ed Ranova at gunpoint.
Turner threatens Avril Mant.


Double Barreled Shotgun

A Double Barreled Shotgun is used as a trap in Avril Mant's room.

The shotgun is hidden behind a tulle curtain.
The trap worked.

Other Weapons

Harpoon Gun

Reverend Turner (Hans Nielsen) uses a harpoon gun to commit a murder. Actually, shooting a speargun on land hardly would be practical, much less lethal.

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Lighter Pistol

When Irving (Peter Vogel) finds Brooks' assistant Molly Dobson (Trude Herr) searching Lord Mant's documents, he aims a pocket pistol at her. Then the gun turns out to be a lighter pistol.

Irving enters the room with his pistol in hand.
Irving interrogates Molly under the threat of the gun.
Molly disarms Irving...
...and now holds him at gunpoint.
But the pistol turns out to be a lighter.

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