The Dead Eyes of London (German: Die toten Augen von London and also known as Dark Eyes of London) is a 1961 West German black and white crime film directed by Alfred Vohrer and starring Joachim Fuchsberger, Karin Baal and Dieter Borsche.
In this film, a series of murders of wealthy men leads investigators to a group of blind men with a mysterious leader.
CastJoachim Fuchsberger as Inspector Larry HoltKarin Baal as Eleanor "Nora" Ward, née FinlayDieter Borsche as David Judd aka Mr. Lennox aka Reverend (Paul) DearbornWolfgang Lukschy as Stephan JuddEddi Arent as Sergeant / Inspector S. "Sunny" HarveyAnneli Sauli as Fanny Weldon (as Ann Savo)Bobby Todd as Lew NorrisFranz Schafheitlin as Sir JohnAdy Berber as Jacob "The Blind Jack" Farrell (as Adi Berber)Harry Wüstenhagen as "Flimmer-Fred" (German version) / "Flicker-Fred" (English version)Rudolf Fenner (de) as Matthew "Matt" BlakeHans Paetsch as Gordon StuartIda Ehre as Ella WardFritz Schröder-Jahn (de) as Chief InspectorKlaus Kinski as Edgar Strauss
The film is based on the 1924 novel The Dark Eyes of London by Edgar Wallace which had been previously adapted into the 1939 British film The Dark Eyes of London, aka The Human Monster, introducing a number of horror elements which had not been in the original book. The British film had been released in Germany and proved popular. The German film is closer to being a remake of the earlier British film rather than a close adaptation of Wallace's novel.
The Dead Eyes of london was the first Edgar Wallace film to be directed by Alfred Vohrer who directed 13 more in the genre."New York Times: The Dead Eyes of London". NY Times. Retrieved 2008-10-19.
The FSK gave the film a rating of "16 and up" and found it not appropriate for screenings on public holidays. The film premiered on 28 March 1961 at the "Walhalla" cinema in Wiesbaden."Filmportal: Die toten Augen von London". Retrieved 18 November 2014.