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Wolfgang Preiss (27 February 1910 – 27 November 2002) was a German theatre, film and television actor. The son of a teacher, Preiss studied philosophy, German, and drama in the early 1930s. He also took private acting classes with Hans Schlenck, making his stage début in Munich in 1932. He appeared in various theatre productions in Heidelberg, Königsberg, Bonn, Bremen, Stuttgart and Berlin. In 1942, he made his film début - he was specifically exempted from military service - in the UFA production Die grosse Liebe with Zarah Leander. After the end of the Second World War, Preiss returned to the theatre, and from 1949 worked extensively dubbing films into German. In 1954, he returned to film acting, appearing in Alfred Weidenmann's Canaris. The following year, Preiss played the lead role of Claus von Stauffenberg in Falk Harnack's film The Plot to Assassinate Hitler, which dramatised the 20 July plot. This role brought Preiss to popular attention and also the 1956 Federal Film Award. From then on, Preiss was largely typecast in the role of the upright and obligation-conscious German officer to the other A-list actor playing the fanatic (i.e. Paul Scofield in The Train), a part he played in many films, later reprising it in numerous international productions, predominantly in Italy and the USA, while occasionally playing a more typically cynical or brutal Nazi officer. Preiss appeared in such productions as The Longest Day (1962), Otto Preminger's The Cardinal (1963), and with Jean-Paul Belmondo in Is Paris Burning? (1966). He starred alongside Burt Lancaster in John Frankenheimer's The Train (1964), Frank Sinatra in Von Ryan's Express (1965), Robert Mitchum in Anzio (1968), with Richard Burton, in the title role of Erwin Rommel in Raid on Rommel (1971), and The Boys From Brazil (1978) with Gregory Peck. Preiss played Field Marshal Von Rundstedt in Richard Attenborough's all-star war epic A Bridge Too Far (1977). From 1968–1988 he played in American film and television productions five different German field marshals, having already played a fictional Afrika Korps general in an episode of The Rat Patrol (1966). In addition, for the cinema-going public of West Germany, he became the epitome of the evil genius in his role as Doctor Mabuse, a role he first played in 1960 (following Rudolf Klein-Rogge) in Fritz Lang's The Thousand Eyes of Dr. Mabuse. He went on to play the role four more times. In the 1980s, Preiss turned to television, notably playing General Walther von Brauchitsch in the American TV miniseries Winds of War and War and Remembrance, based on the books of Herman Wouk. In 1987, Preiss received a second Federal Film Award for his outstanding work in film. In film dubbing, Preiss provided the voice for such actors as Lex Barker, Christopher Lee, Anthony Quinn, Claude Rains, Richard Widmark and Conrad Veidt as "Major Strasser" in the 1975 remastered version of Casablanca.
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A Case For Two
Ein Fall für zwei is a German television series, which premiered on September 11, 1981 on ZDF. The series, located in Frankfurt am Main, features two main characters who solve crimes: a defense attorn...
Ghost of Love
Over two decades after their affair ended, a married man is haunted by the presence of his former lover.
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SOKO 5113 is a long-running German police procedural television series. It was first aired in 1978 on 2 January. SOKO is an abbreviation of the term "Sonderkommission" in German.
The Boys from Brazil
A Nazi hunter discovers a strange and sinister plot to reignite the Third Reich.
A Bridge Too Far
Operation Market Garden, September 1944. The Allies attempt to capture several strategically important bridges in the Netherlands in the hope of breaking the German lines.
During the final days of the First World War, Officer Menis does his duty in defending the battle flag of the defeated Austro-Hungarian empire, while his fellow troops, a motley gang recruited from se...
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The Master Touch
A master thief, just out of prison, concocts a risky final score that would net him over a million dollars.
The Salzburg Connection
An American lawyer on vacation in Europe is asked by a book publisher to stop by the Austrian town of Salzburg to see a photographer who's taking pictures for a book on picturesque Austrian lakes. Upo...
Raid on Rommel
A mix-up leaves Captain Foster with a medical unit led by a conscientious objector while he plans on raiding German-occupied Tobruk. They succeeded with their mission despite all the odds. On the way ...
The Fifth Cord
A hard-drinking newspaperman gets involved in a string of brutal murders.
The Bloodstained Butterfly
When a young female student is savagely killed in a park during a thunderstorm, the culprit seems obvious: TV sports personality Alessandro Marchi, seen fleeing the scene of the crime by numerous eye...
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A POW in World War II is put to work in a Munich zoo, looking after an Asian elephant. The zoo is bombed by the Americans and the director of the zoo decides it is not safe for his Asian elephant Lucy...
Der Kommissar is a German television series about a group of detectives of the Munich homicide squad. All 97 episodes, which were shot in black-and-white and first broadcast between 1969 and 1976, wer...
Legion of the Damned
A British Colonel is angry with his superiors after his entire platoon is slaughtered by the Germans in what he saw as a suicide mission. So for his next mission, he takes along a platoon a convicted ...
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Jungfrau aus zweiter Hand
A thief gets hold of some top secret papers and is chased around Europe by the sinister Organisation.
Jack of Diamonds
A cat burglar (George Hamilton) replaces his mentor (Joseph Cotten) and joins a woman and her stepbrother on a necklace caper in Paris.
Death on a Rainy Day
Two French agents fight a Chinese sect that aims to control the American Secretary of Defence via high-tech medicine, so that he would start a world war.
Spy Today, Die Tomorrow
Millionaire Baretti pays a gang to rob an atomic bomb from an American silo, and then blackmails the USA Government for a huge amount of money. German secret service (BND) agent 'Dynamite' will use hi...
Code Name: Jaguar
CIA agent Jeff Larson is sent to investigate suspicious activities at a U.S. base located in southern Spain. He discovers the base is being heavily monitored by the KGB via hidden cameras and moles wi...
Von Ryan's Express
Von Ryan's Express stars Frank Sinatra as a POW colonel who leads a daring escape from WWII Italy by taking over a freight train, but he has to win over the British soldiers he finds himself commandin...
Frühstück mit dem Tod
Don Fernando, the son of El Cid, rallies peasants and townspeople to overthrow Moorish occupiers in medieval Spain.
The Death Ray of Dr. Mabuse
The evil Dr. Mabuse develops a death ray with which he threatens the world.
As the Allied forces approach Paris in August 1944, German Colonel Von Waldheim is desperate to take all of France's greatest paintings to Germany. Even as the chaos of retreat descends upon them, he ...
The Curse of the Green Eyes
The German police cannot solve the mystery of the seven murders which have alarmed the local villagers. They call in Inspector Doren of Interpol, and the only clue the Chief Constable can give the det...
A greedy gold smuggler hires a handsome hero to transport a stolen fortune to a new hideout accompanied by the smuggler's sexy girlfriend.
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A young Catholic priest from Boston confronts bigotry, Nazism, and his own personal conflicts as he rises to the office of cardinal.
The Mad Executioners
A group of hooded vigilantes hang wrong-doers with a subplot about another murderer. Surprise ending.
Dr. Mabuse vs. Scotland Yard
The spirit of the evil Dr. Mabuse takes over the body of a famous professor. The professor/Dr. Mabuse then begins a new crime wave that terrorizes the city.
Die fünfte Kolonne
Die fünfte Kolonne is a German television series.
The Black Cobra
The Longest Day
From the perspectives of the Germans, US, British, Canadians, and the Free French, the story of June 6, 1944 was recounted. When the Allied invasion comes they must be stopped on the beach, according ...
The Counterfeit Traitor
Blacklisted in modern day WW2, a Swedish oil trader opts to assist British Allies, by means of infiltrating and surveying Nazi Germany.
The Invisible Dr. Mabuse
Strange things happen in a revue theatre. The dancer Maria seems to be hunted by an invisible admirer. When the body of a probable FBI agent is found in a trunk the police asks FBI man Joe Como for he...
The Terror of Doctor Mabuse
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Das Mädchen und der Staatsanwalt
The 1,000 Eyes of Dr. Mabuse
A reporter is murdered while driving to his job. The Police are contacted by a clairvoyant who saw the death in a vision, but some dark force is preventing him from seeing the man behind the crime...
Darkness Fell on Gotenhafen
Millions of people were forced to flee Germany during the first month of 1945 when the Russian Red Army broke into the eastern part of the country. Hundreds of thousands of people were evacuated by sh...
Die Herrin der Welt - Teil I
A device that will create a huge magnetic pulse that will knock out all electricity in the world has been developed by Professor Johansson. Dr's military applications are already being thought of. A g...
Die Herrin der Welt - Teil II
Mill of the Stone Women
Hans von Arnam travels to a Flemish village to study a strange carousel located in an old windmill that displays famous murderesses and other notorious women from history. Professor Gregorius Wahl, o...
Doctor Without Scruples
Prisoner of the Volga
Prisoner of the Volga
Roses for the Prosecutor
April 1945. Because he stole two bars of chocolate, the soldier Rudi is sentenced to death by the court-martial judge Dr. Schramm. Rudi manages to escape from the firing squad at the last minute, and ...
In the winter of 1943, against the background of battle scenes, a young German Lieutenant who increasingly distrusts the inhuman Nazi ideology struggles with the concept of war.
This is the third feature in a series about an intrepid French spy by the nickname of "The Gorilla," but unlike the earlier films, this time around Roger Hanin replaces Lino Ventura in the title role....
The Girl with the Cat Eyes
A police commissioner investigates an auto theft ring in Hamburg following the murder of an inspector.
Ich war ihm hörig
The Green Devils of Monte Cassino
German Paratroopers are ordered to hold the line at Monte Cassino in Italy, and halt the allied advance on Rome.
Gli italiani sono matti
Anastasia - Die letzte Zarentochter
In 1920, an unknown 24-year-old woman was fished out of Berlin's Landwehr kanal after a suicide attempt. Since she has no papers and no answers to any questions, they soon assign them to the insane as...
Like Once Lili Marleen
Von der Liebe besiegt
Based on a play by Gerhardt Hauptmann, the film details a bittersweet May-December romance between ageing Mathias Clausen (Albers) and young, beautiful Inken Peters (Annemarie Dueringer).