Face of the Frog Film Details
Overview: Scotland Yard and an American playboy investigate a criminal gang led by a mysterious man in a frog-like mask.
Tagline: Es ist unmöglich von Edgar Wallace nicht gefesselt zu sein
Review: “Der Frosch mit der Maske” aka. “Fellowship Of The Frog” of 1959 is the first of the popular German Edgar Wallace movies, but it certainly isn’t one of the best. It has to be respected for inciting the wave of these Wallace-based German crime flicks that became extremely popular in the early 60s. Generally speaking, I am a fan of the German Edgar Wallace flicks, but I personally always preferred those dealing with a murder series to those dealing with super-criminals like this one. Also, “Fellowship of The Frog” is a bit too naive for my tastes. Sure, the German Edgar Wallce films never were nasty, brutal or cynical like the Italian genre-cinema in the 60s, for example. Still, the naiveté is quite extreme here. This makes the film a pleasure to watch for its sentimental value, but, for me personally, it doesn’t go beyond that. Scotland Yard are in desperate search for a ruthless super-criminal wearing a frog mask, whose henchmen can be identified by a frog tattoo on their forearms. The police have hardly any success in the search for the mysterious arch-criminal, even though the investigating chief inspector (Siegfried Lovitz) is a clever man. Richard Gordon (Joachim Fuchsberger), a rich man and hobby detective decides to investigate in the case himself, with the help of his loyal butler (Eddi Aren’t)… It is Aren’t, one of the absolute cult-actors of the German Edgar Wallace ‘krimis’, who is responsible for many of the (half-dumb, but often very amusing) gags in the film. Aren’t, an Edgar Wallace flick regular, often played the more comical parts in these films (often that of the butler), and this is his first role to do so. Siegfried Lovitz is very good in the role of the chief inspector, and the Eva Pflug fits in well as the seductive femme fatale. The rest of the performances are not necessarily breathtaking (the greatest performances in Edgar Wallace flicks always came from the great Klaus Kinski), but they’re not bad either. The only awful performance comes from Walter Wilz, who is quite terrible as a naive young guy. All things considered, “Fellowship of the Frog” is an important film for its value as the first of the German Edgar Wallace films. Nevertheless, I recommend other Edgar Wallace flicks, such as “Das Indische Tuch” (aka. “The Indian Scarf”) way over this. “Fellowship Of The Frog” is a fun film to watch, but only for sentimental values. Recommended to fans of the German Edgar Wallace films.
Country: Denmark, West Germany
Duration: 89 min
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Also known as: La banda de la rana,Os crimes da Rã,Лягушка в маске,La grenouille tatouée,Naamioitu sammakko,La grenouille attaque Scotland Yard,Edgar Wallace – Der Frosch mit der Maske,Frøen,La marca del sapo blanco,Mannen med froskemaske,Лягушачья маска,Der Frosch mit der Maske,La maschera che uccide,Frøen med masken,The Fellowship of the Frog,I maska pou skotonei,Faces of the Frog,Face of the Frog,A Máscara da Morte