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Thousand Eyes of Dr. Mabuse, The

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The Thousand Eyes of Dr. Mabuse
(Die 1000 Augen des Dr. Mabuse)
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Theatrical Movie Poster
Country GER.jpg Germany
FRA.jpg France
ITA.jpg Italy
Directed by Fritz Lang
Release Date 1960
Language German
Studio Critérion Film
Central Cinema Company Film (CCC)
CEI Incom
Distributor Prisma-Filmverleih
Something Weird Video (USA)
Main Cast
Character Actor
Dr. Mabuse / Prof. Dr. S. Jordan / Peter Cornelius Wolfgang Preiss
Marion Menil Dawn Addams
Henry B. Travers Peter van Eyck
Kriminalkommissar Kras Gert Fröbe
Hieronymus B. Mistelzweig Werner Peters
Hotel manager Nico Pepe
Hotel detective Berg Andrea Checchi
Hotel engineer Albert Bessler
No.12 Howard Vernon
Roberto Menil Reinhard Kolldehoff


The 1000 Eyes of Dr. Mabuse (Die 1000 Augen des Dr. Mabuse) is a 1960 psychological thriller, the last directorial project from famed German director Fritz Lang (M, Metropolis, You Only Live Once, The Big Heat). The investigations conducted by the West Berlin police into a number of murders, suicides and accidents converge at one point - at the Luxor Hotel.


The following weapons were used in the film The Thousand Eyes of Dr. Mabuse:
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Handguns

NHM Model 9

Cornelius' butler (Jean-Jacques Delbo) fires an NHM Model 9 revolver during a car chase. This is a continuity error since the same character holds a Dreyse Model 1907 seconds before.

NHM Model 9 Type 1 blank-firing revolver - 9mm K
The butler fires his revolver at the pursuing police car.
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Another view of the same scene.

Mondial Model 1900 Starter Pistol

Marion Menil (Dawn Addams) owns a nickel plated Mondial Model 1900 starter pistol depicting a live pocket gun. During the confrontation with Roberto Menil (Reinhard Kolldehoff), Henry B. Travers (Peter van Eyck) shoots the gun.

Mondial Model 1900
Marion raises the pistol at Roberto who threatens her with a knife.
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Roberto knocks the gun out of Marion's hands.
Travers picks up the pistol.
Travers fires, eyes closed.

Dreyse Model 1907

Mabuse's henchmen - the hotel detective Berg (Andrea Checchi), the hotel engineer (Albert Bessler), and Cornelius' butler (Jean-Jacques Delbo) - use Dreyse Model 1907 pistols in several scenes. Dr. Mabuse (Wolfgang Preiss) himself also holds a Dreyse M1907. A Dreyse M1907 is Kriminalkommissar Kras' (Gert Fröbe) handgun.

Dreyse Model 1907 - 7.65mm Browning
Berg holds Travers and Marion at gunpoint.
Berg orders Travers and Marion to enter the secret room.
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Kras loads his pistol.
Kras holds the pistol.
Dr. Mabuse (under the disguise of Prof. Jordan) holds a Dreyse.
Dr. Mabuse leaves his Dreyse to Travers and Marion who are locked in the hermetically sealed room and mockingly suggests them to choose - to suffocate or to shoot themselves.
The hotel engineer holds a Dreyse during the shootout with Mistelzweig.
Travers uses the gun that Mabuse left him, but in a different way than the villain planned.
The butler holds a Dreyse during the car chase. Next moment the pistol switches to an NHM Model 9 revolver due to a continuity error.

Walther PPK

Hieronymus B. Mistelzweig (Werner Peters) uses a Walther PPK during the shootout with Mabuse's henchmen in the hotel. During the car chase, Kriminalkommissar Kras (Gert Fröbe) is armed with a Walther PPK instead of a Dreyse Model 1907 that he lost during the previous encounter in the hotel (supposedly Kras takes a PPK from one of his subordinates).

Walther PPK - 9mm Kurz aka .380 ACP.
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Mistelzweig fires from the elevator.
Mistelzweig fires at the hotel engineer, hiding behind the body of the killed Berg.
Mistelzweig's pistol runs dry.
Another view of the same scene.
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Kras draws a Walther PPK during the car chase.

Various handguns

One of the policemen on the bridge holds a handgun that seems to be a revolver.
Same policeman with a supposed revolver, and another one with a supposed pistol.

Submachine Guns

Sten Mk V

During the final car chase, No. 12 (Howard Vernon) fires a Sten Mk V, identified by the pistol grip and the front sights. The submachine gun lacks the foregrip and is fitted with a custom wooden buttstock of different shape than the standard one.

Sten Mk V without vertical grip - 9x19mm
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No. 12 fires at police when Mabuse escapes from the hotel.
The magazine is seen.
No. 12 fires at Kras' car.
The buttstock is seen.
Another view of the Sten.
No. 12 reloads.
No. 12 fires.

Rifles

Frühwirth Model 1872

Several policemen who are blocking the bridge can be seen wielding incredibly outdated Austrian Gendarmerie-Repetiergewehr System Frühwirth M1872 Carbines. These rifles have Mannlicher M1890 Carbine style barrels with the rear part of Kropatschek Rifles. Frühwirth carbines can be seen in a number of German films of late 1950s-early 1960s.

Frühwirth M1872 Gendarmerie Carbine - 11.15x36Rmm
What appears to be a Frühwirth carbine is seen in center.
A Frühwirth carbine is seen at the right.
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At least two policemen at the right hold Frühwirth carbines. Most policemen also carry pistol holsters that seem to be flat and empty.

Unidentified rifles

Policemen on the bridge carry bolt action rifles of several models that are unclear.

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Other Weapons

Fictional Rifle

No. 12 (Howard Vernon) shoots a fictional assault rifle that is described as a brand new gun that has been stolen from a research facility. It shoots thin needles. The movie prop is made from various parts, some of those are supposedly taken from real guns.

No. 12 takes the gun from the case.
He attaches the buttstock.
The gun is assembled.
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No. 12 kills his first victim.
No. 12 shoots at another victim.
The needle ammunition. It is referred to as made from finest iridium steel and 38.4mm in length.

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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