The Strange Countess

The Strange Countess (German: Die seltsame Gräfin) is a 1961 West German crime film directed by Josef von Báky and starring Lil Dagover, Joachim Fuchsberger and Marianne Hoppe.[1] It is based on Edgar Wallace's 1925 novel of the same title, and is part of a long-running series of Wallace adaptations produced by Rialto Film.

The Strange Countess
German film poster
Directed by
Produced byHorst Wendlandt
Written by
Based onThe Strange Countess
by Edgar Wallace
StarringLil Dagover
Joachim Fuchsberger
Marianne Hoppe
Music byPeter Thomas
CinematographyRichard Angst
Edited byHermann Ludwig
Distributed byConstantin Film
Release date
  • 8 November 1961 (1961-11-08)
Running time
94 minutes
CountryWest Germany

It was shot at the Tempelhof Studios in Berlin. Location shooting took place at the Schloss Ahrensburg. The film's sets were designed by the art director Helmut Nentwig.



The FSK gave the film a rating of 16 years and older, not suitable for public holidays.[2] The film premiered on 8 November 1961 at the Capitol in Trier.[2]


  1. "New York Times: The Strange Countess". NY Times. Retrieved 19 October 2008.
  2. "Filmportal: Die seltsame Gräfin". Retrieved 26 June 2014.


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