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Inn on the River (Das Gasthaus an der Themse), The

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The Inn on the River
(Das Gasthaus an der Themse)
Das Gasthaus an der Themse Poster.jpg
Original German Poster
Country GER.jpg West Germany
Directed by Alfred Vohrer
Release Date 1962
Language German
Studio Rialto Film
Distributor Constantin Film
Main Cast
Character Actor
Inspector Wade Joachim Fuchsberger
Leila Smith Brigitte Grothum
Nelly Oaks Elisabeth Flickenschildt
Gregor Gubanow Klaus Kinski
Dr. Collins Richard Münch
Roger Lane Jan Hendriks
Captain Josh Brown Heinz Engelmann
Barnaby Eddi Arent

The Inn on the River (Das Gasthaus an der Themse ("The Inn on the Thames")) is a 1962 German detective movie directed by Alfred Vohrer and adapted from the 1929 novel The India-Rubber Men by Edgar Wallace. A criminal known as "Shark" uses a diving suit and a speargun for his crimes. Inspector Wade (Joachim Fuchsberger) hunts for "Shark" who hides somewhere on the Thames river.

The film is the eleventh installment in the Rialto Film studio film series (1959-1972) adapted from the novels of Edgar Wallace.


The following weapons were used in the film The Inn on the River (Das Gasthaus an der Themse):


NHM Model 9 Revolver

Captain Josh Brown (Heinz Engelmann) holds an NHM Model 9 revolver in the scene on his vessel until Inspector Wade (Joachim Fuchsberger) disarms him.

NHM Model 9 Type 1 blank-firing revolver - 9mm K
The revolver in the drawer of Capt. Brown's table.
Brown spots someone behind the door.
Another view of Brown's revolver.
Wade disarms Brown.

Walther PPK

Inspector Wade (Joachim Fuchsberger) carries a Walther PPK.

Walther PPK - .380 ACP. Note the ring just behind the magazine.
Wade holds his pistol after the encounter with "Shark".
Wade holds his pistol in the scene in the office of a law firm.
Wade aims the pistol at supposed "Shark".

Mauser HSc

In the climactic scene Inspector Wade is armed with a Mauser HSc instead of previously seen Walther PPK.

WWII Nazi German produced Mauser HSc - .32 ACP (7.65x17mm)
Wade pursues "Shark" in the basement of the inn.
The pursue continues in the tunnel below the river.
Wade fires at the escaping "Shark".


Mauser 98 Sporter

Brown's henchman (uncredited) uses a Mauser 98 Sporter with sniper scope in an attempt on Inspector Wade.

Mauser 98 Sporter with scope - 7.92x57mm Mauser
The shooter aims at Wade who is on board of the police boat in the harbour.
A close-up of the rifle.

Other Weapons

Alcedo Hydra II Speargun

"Shark" uses an Alcedo Hydra II speargun throughout the movie. This Italian model is one of the first hydropneumatic spearguns. The gun is shown as very powerful, long range weapon, equally deadly on land and under water.

"Shark" kills a police informer in the opening scene.
Das Gasthaus an der Themse-Speargun-3.jpg
"Shark" kills a security guard in the jeweller store. The water splashes from the barrel indicate that the gun is hydropneumatic.
The barrel with loaded spear.
The general view of the speargun in hands of "Shark".
Nelly Oaks finds the speargun in the suitcase.
"Shark" with the speargun.

See Also

Edgar Wallace
Pre-WWII Films The Squeaker (1931)  •  Sanders of the River (1935)
Edgar Wallace Mysteries (1960–1965) 47 films
Other 1940s-1970s British films and TV series
Rialto Film (1959-1972) Face of the Frog (1959)  •  The Crimson Circle (1960)  •  The Terrible People (1960)  •  The Green Archer (1961)  •  The Dead Eyes of London (1961)  •  The Devil's Daffodil (1961)  •  The Forger of London (1961)  •  The Strange Countess (1961)  •  The Puzzle of the Red Orchid (1962)  •  The Door with Seven Locks (1962)  •  The Inn on the River (1962)  •  The Squeaker (1963)  •  The Black Abbot (1963)  •  The Indian Scarf (1963)  •  Room 13 (1964)  •  The Curse of the Hidden Vault (1964)  •  The Ringer (1964)  •  Traitor's Gate (1964)  •   Again the Ringer (1965)  •  The Sinister Monk (1965)  •  The Hunchback of Soho (1966)  •  The Trygon Factor (1966)  •  Creature with the Blue Hand (1967)  •  The Monk with the Whip (1967)  •  The Horror of Blackwood Castle (1968)  •  The Zombie Walks (1968)  •  Gorilla Gang (1968)  •  The Man with the Glass Eye (1969)  •  Double Face (1969)  •  Angels of Terror (1971)  •  What Have You Done to Solange? (1972)  •  Seven Blood-Stained Orchids (1972)
Harry Alan Towers' British-German Film Series Death Drums Along the River (1963)  •  Coast of Skeletons (1965)  •  Circus of Fear (1966)  •  Five Golden Dragons (1967)
German Kurt Ulrich-Film and CCC-Film Productions The Avenger (1960)  •  The Curse of the Yellow Snake (1963)  •  The Devil Came from Akasava (1971)
Parodies The Trixxer (2004)  •  The Vexxer (2007)

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