College Girl Murders
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This 1967 murder mystery is a lot of fun. Although made in German, with German actors (it's dubbed into English), the film is set in England and clearly targeted at the English/International market. The film is very silly (I think it was intended to be light-hearted but it is also so-bad-it's-funny in parts) and has all of the elements of a James Bond movie (which had just started to become popular at around this time): a master criminal with a top secret lair, complete with a pit filled with crocodiles; a homicidal "monk" with a bull whip (actually a person in a red robe that looks like something a Klansman would wear); mad scientists, etc.
Apparently this movie is based on a novel by Edgar Wallace, but to my knowledge Edgar Wallace never wrote a novel with a plot even vaguely resembling this one (and between my father and myself, we have read most of Wallace's books). However, the story is still pretty interesting. It's not a great plot, I imagine that I will have forgotten the finer details by the end of the week, but it kept me entertained for the films duration. Being written in the 1960's, the film is as trashy as you would expect it to be (it contains the requisite beautiful young girls and lecherous middle-aged men that seem to be included in all films of this era), but looking back on it from the "enlightened" 21st century, that just adds to its charm.
A scientist develops the formula for a new poison gas, and turns it over a mysterious mastermind. The scientist's reward is death, as a figure dressed like a monk, in red robe and hood, snaps a whip around his neck. Frank Connor (Siegfried Rauch), an inmate doing time in prison, is recruited by the mastermind to act as a hit man, and employs the poison to kill a young woman. The murder brings the police, led by Inspector Higgins (Joachim Fuchsberger), and his slightly daffy superior Sir John (Siegfried Schurenberg), to the women's college the victim was attending. Soon the monk makes an appearance at the college, and other students and members of the staff begin to turn up dead, leaving the police baffled and confused. This college is the kind of place where the instructors get involved with students, and Martin Denver (Harry Riebauer), the brother of headmistress Harriet Foster (Tilly Lauenstein), is also partying with the young ladies.
Set in Britain, dubbed in English, and directed by Alfred Vohrer, The College Girl Murders is a krimi, a German production that features mostly German actors. This is a fast paced tale with a large cast, a high body count, some stylish kills, and a number of surprise twists. The mystery angle is played up nicely, as the identity and motives of the unknown mastermind arranging the various murders, is kept well hidden until the end.Read more ›
The plot of COLLEGE GIRL MURDERS is too outlandish to give any spoilers, yet is an oft repeated scenario, so much so in that the Chief inspector Sir John asks Detective Higgins about a similar past case to which Higgins replies, "...yes, the Sinister Monk.", the title of a previous entry in the series of Wallace Krimis...you REALLY need to see as many of these wonderful films as possible!
Just don't take this too seriously. Keep an open mind to the body count and daft humor. This isn't GET SMART by any means but it isn't THE IPCRESS FILE either. It's just a good old fashioned murder mystery loaded with exploitation value. A good time can be had here for fans of Euro-mystery-trash. Great color, great soundtrack, lots of sexy girls in bathing suits, nice locations, abundant fog, dead bodies galore, mindless killings, and a red-hooded whip-brandishing maniac!....What's not to like?
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You won't be bored. Nonsensical films such as this are much more endearing when they're delivered with a break-neck pace. (Yeah, I know... Pun intended. Read morePublished on August 16, 2013 by Guy Bombardo
If you're curious about the 60s Edgar Wallace crime films but don't know where to start, this one pretty much has it all. Read morePublished on August 5, 2012 by Kindle Customer
I first saw this movie back in the mid 70's on Screaming Yellow Theater. Thought it was so goofy or campy or both. Read morePublished on January 9, 2007 by J. Ancona