The Curse of the Hidden Vault

The Curse of the Hidden Vault (German: Die Gruft mit dem Rätselschloß) is a 1964 black and white West German crime film directed by Franz Josef Gottlieb and starring Harald Leipnitz, Eddi Arent, Siegfried Schürenberg and Klaus Kinski. It is based on the 1908 novel Angel Esquire by Edgar Wallace, previously made into a British silent film..

The Curse of the Hidden Vault
Film poster
Directed byFranz Josef Gottlieb
Produced byHorst Wendlandt
Written by
Based onAngel Esquire
by Edgar Wallace
StarringHarald Leipnitz
Judith Dornys
Rudolf Forster
Music byPeter Thomas
CinematographyRichard Angst
Edited byJutta Hering
Distributed byConstantin Film
Release date
  • 30 April 1964 (1964-04-30)
Running time
90 minutes
CountryWest Germany

It was shot at the Spandau Studios and Tempelhof Studios in Berlin and on location in London. The film's sets were designed by the art directors Wilhelm Vorwerg and Walter Kutz.



The FSK gave the film a rating of "16 and older" and found it not appropriate for screenings on public holidays. The film premiered on 30 April 1964.[1]



  • Bergfelder, Tim. International Adventures: German Popular Cinema and European Co-Productions in the 1960s. Berghahn Books, 2005.
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