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    • Wilhelm Dieterle [William Dieterle] Young poet/Assad/Groom
    • Emil Jannings Haroun-al-Raschid
    • Conrad Veidt Ivan the Terrible
    • Werner Krauss Jack the Ripper, "Spring Heeled Jack"
    • Olga Belajeff Showman's daughter/Zarah/Bride
    • John Gottowt Showman


  • Dir:
      Paul Leni
  • Scr:
      Henrik Galeen
  • Ph:
      Helmar Lerski
  • Art Dir:
      Paul Leni, Fritz Maurischat



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    Rated: NR

      Paul Leni's last film in Germany before continuing on his chilly way to America is also one of his best, and gives us a chance to see four of Germany's finest actors in their earlier days. Wilhelm Dieterle, who was to become a renowned Hollywood director, plays a young poet who tells three stories behind three exhibits in a wax museum: Haroun-al-Raschid (Emil Jannings), Ivan the Terrible (Conrad Veidt) and Jack the Ripper (Werner Krauss).

      The expressionist lighting and designs are symbolic of character and plot, creating a haunting atmosphere.

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