Dr. Mabuse the Gambler (90 Years Ago)

90 years ago today (May 26, 1922) Fritz Lang directed and released Dr. Mabuse the Gambler, the first film in the Dr. Mabuse series.

Dr. Mabuse the Gambler is over 4 hours long and stars Rudolf Klein-Rogge as Dr. Mabuse.  Many may remember Klein-Rogge as the Inventor in Lang’s 1927 classic Metropolis.  He reprised his role as Dr. Mabuse in Lang’s 1933 sequel, The Testament of Dr. Mabuse.   Both of Lang’s films have been restored and are available on DVD.  A third entry into the series was Germany’s 1960 The Thousand Eyes of Dr. Mabuse.

While there are many safe and fun online gambling sites, it’s no fun playing with Dr. Mabuse who uses hypnosis to skew his hosted poker games.

Dr. Mabuse is a criminal mastermind, doctor of psychology, and master of disguise, armed with the powers of hypnosis and mind control, who oversees the counterfeiting and gambling rackets of the Berlin underworld. He visits gambling dens by night under various guises and aliases, using the power of suggestion to win at cards and finance his plans.

 

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