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Die weiße Spinne (1963)

(1963) Karin Dor, Joachim Fuchsberger. When gamblers who recently increased their life insurance begin dying, Scotland Yard.gets involved. When their chief inspector is murdered, they bring in a mysterious detective to solve the case.


Harald Reinl


Egon Eis (as Albert Tanner), Louis Weinert-Wilton (novel)


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Complete credited cast:
Joachim Fuchsberger ... Ralph Hubbard
Karin Dor ... Muriel Irvine
Horst Frank ... Kiddie Phelips
Werner Peters ... Sergeant Meals
Dieter Eppler ... Summerfield
Mady Rahl ... Mrs. Falk
Paul Klinger ... Inspector Dawson
Friedrich Schoenfelder ... Sir James
Lotte Brackebusch Lotte Brackebusch ... Penelope
Gerd Frickhöffer Gerd Frickhöffer ... Lord Ensfield
Chris Howland ... Gideon


When Karin Dor's husband is killed in an automobile accident following a night of gambling, she is surprised to discover that he dramatically increased his life insurance coverage. The insurance company alerts Scotland Yard to a rash of such deaths among gamblers.When their chief inspector is murdered while investigating the case, they bring in a mysterious detective to solve it. Written by T. Fowler

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Release Date:

5 April 1963 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

La araña blanca See more »

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1.66 : 1
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Good German made mystery thriller in the Edgar Wallace vein about a woman caught in the web of mystery left in wake of her husbands suspicious death.
15 July 2006 | by dbborroughsSee all my reviews

This film has been identified as one of the German series of Edgar and Bryan Wallace based films made in the 1960's. While it may have been made as part of the series since the film plays very much like the other films, it really can't be considered a Wallace film since its not based on a book by either Bryan or Edgar Wallace.

The plot of the film centers around a woman who's husband has died in a fiery car crash outside a gambling club. Broke from her husbands gambling debts and the cost of the funeral she tries to cash in her husbands insurance policy. The insurance company is suspicious, partly because the amount of the policy was recently raised and partly because there have been other suspicious deaths recently. Making matters worse is a lawyer who shows up on her door step wanting to be paid for covering some of her husbands debts. Unable to pay anyone the lawyer gets her a job working for a reform society that helps convicts get back into society. The woman also attempts to confront the people in the gambling club for what she feels is the real responsibility for her husbands death. All of this leads her down the rabbit hole as she comes face to face with the White Spider, a gang of murder for hire killers. She also is haunted by the police who thing she may have had something to do with her husbands demise and a recently released convict who seems to want to do more than help.

This is a good little thriller that is a nice way to spend an evening in front of the TV. The plot moves along nicely, isn't too complicated, or so complicated that we can't feel superior that we're a couple of steps ahead of the characters on the screen. Its well acted (though slightly less well dubbed) and moves along at a good clip. It does have that uniquely German feel of the Wallace films which are suppose to be set in England and London's Soho district, but look and feel nothing like Soho or anywhere else in England for that matter.

If you like the German Wallace films this is a must. If you like neat little thrillers with a smart edge and witty dialog this is also a must. Anyone else looking for a good excuse to spend two hours eating a bag of popcorn in front of the TV should also try this movie since its a very good mystery thriller for an evenings entertainment.

7.5 out of 10, raised to 8 out 10 for IMDb purposes.

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