The Forger of London

The Forger of London (German: Der Fälscher von London) is a 1961 West German crime film directed by Harald Reinl and starring Karin Dor, Hellmut Lange and Siegfried Lowitz.[1] It is an adaptation of Edgar Wallace's novel The Forger, and part of a long-running series of German Wallace films made during the decade.

The Forger of London
Directed byHarald Reinl
Produced byHorst Wendlandt
Written byJohannes Kai
Based onThe Forger
by Edgar Wallace
Music byMartin Böttcher
CinematographyKarl Löb
Edited byHermann Ludwig
Distributed byConstantin Film
Release date
  • 15 August 1961 (1961-08-15)
Running time
93 minutes
CountryWest Germany

It was shot at the Wandsbek Studios in Hamburg, with location shooting at Herdringen Castle. The film's sets were designed by the art directors Mathias Matthies and Ellen Schmidt.


  • Karin Dor as Jane Clifton, née Leith
  • Hellmut Lange as Peter Clifton, née Welerson
  • Siegfried Lowitz as chief inspector Bourke
  • Mady Rahl as Marjorie Wells
  • Walter Rilla as John Leith
  • Robert Graf as Basil Hale
  • Joseph Offenbach as Henry Blonberg
  • Ulrich Beiger as Inspector Rouper
  • Otto Collin as lawyer Radloff
  • Sigrid von Richthofen as Mrs. Anderson
  • Eddi Arent as neighbor Stone / organist Miller
  • Viktor de Kowa as Dr. Donald Wells
  • Horst Breitkreuz as warden
  • Günter Hauer as cab driver
  • Günther Jerschke as lawyer Radloff / radio commentator (voice)
  • Heinz Klevenow as John Leith
  • Heidrun Kussin as maid Mary
  • Hans Lohfing as butler James
  • Günter Lüdke as civil servant Wislow
  • Wolfgang Merling as police driver
  • Werner Reinisch as Hopkins
  • Annelies Schmiedel as servant Anna
  • Horst Uhse as organist Miller
  • Willy Wiesgen as porter


The film is an adaptation of Edgar Wallace's novel The Forger.[2]

The sets were designed by the art directors Mathias Matthies and Ellen Schmidt.[2]


The FSK gave the film a rating of 16 and up and found it not appropriate for screenings on public holidays.[2]

It premiered on 15 August 1961 at the Neues Bavaria cinema at Aachen.[2]


  1. Bergfelder p. 254
  2. "Filmportal: Der Fälscher von London". Retrieved 3 August 2016.


  • Bergfelder, Tim (2005). International Adventures: German Popular Cinema and European Co-productions in the 1960s. Berghahn Books. ISBN 978-1-57181-539-2.
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