The Return of Dr. Mabuse


1h 28m 1966

Brief Synopsis

Commissioner Lohmann is already planning his holidays. An unexpected phone call calls him back to work. A member of Interpol was murdered. The head of an organisation wants to come into contact with the gangster organisation of chicago. But who is this? Mysterious murders happen and all trails lead to a penitentiary. But there is Joe Como, FBI agent, who is helping commissioner Lohmann. But soon Lohmann doubts Comos' identity. When Lohmann sees the name of Dr. Mabuse mentioned in a book found by a victim he believes that Dr. Mabuse is the mind behind the crimes...

Film Details

Also Known As
FBI contro dottor Mabuse, Im Stahlnetz des Dr. Mabuse, Le retour du Docteur Mabuse
Release Date
Jan 1966
Premiere Information
Boston opening: 6 Apr 1966
Production Company
CCC Filmkunst; Critérion Film; SPA Cinematografica
Distribution Company
Ajay Film Co.
Country
France

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 28m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White

Synopsis

A series of particularly brutal murders leads Inspector Lohmann to suspect that the master criminal Dr. Mabuse, believed dead, is actually alive and operating in collusion with the Chicago Mafia. Aiding Lohmann in his investigations are reporter Maria Sabrehm and FBI agent Joe Como, who poses as a Mafia chief and learns of the doctor's plan to take over the city. Lohmann finds that Mabuse in some way controls the local prison, whose inmates and staff have been turned into mindless slaves, committing murder on command. Mabuse controls the wills of his slaves by means of a drug invented by Maria's father, Professor Sabrehm, a prison inmate manipulated by the archcriminal. Como poses as one of Mabuse's human robots to prevent an attack against the city's nuclear reactor, but Mabuse discovers the ruse at the last moment and imprisons Como and Maria. Though they escape and join Lohmann's men in foiling the attack, Mabuse escapes. Lohmann follows and discovers that the mad doctor has been masquerading as the prison warden. After a struggle Mabuse disappears into a fire, but no trace of his body is found.

Film Details

Also Known As
FBI contro dottor Mabuse, Im Stahlnetz des Dr. Mabuse, Le retour du Docteur Mabuse
Release Date
Jan 1966
Premiere Information
Boston opening: 6 Apr 1966
Production Company
CCC Filmkunst; Critérion Film; SPA Cinematografica
Distribution Company
Ajay Film Co.
Country
France

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 28m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White

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Notes

Released in West Germany in January 1961 as Im Stahlnetz des Dr. Mabuse; running time: 91 or 89 min; Rome opening: May 1962 as FBI contro Dr. Mabuse; running time: 88 min; Paris opening: January 1965 as Le retour du Docteur Mabuse; running time: 91 or 100 min. Also known as Phantom Fiend.