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Puzzle of the Red Orchid (Das Rätsel der roten Orchidee), The
The Puzzle of the Red Orchid (Das Rätsel der roten Orchidee) is a 1962 German detective movie directed by Helmuth Ashley and adapted from the 1932 novel "When the Gangs Came to London" by Edgar Wallace. Two rival gangs from Chicago transfer their activities to London. They terrorise wealthy men, demanding money for "protection". FBI agent Captain Allerman (Christopher Lee) and Scotland Yard Inspector Weston (Adrian Hoven) counteract the gangsters.
The film is the ninth installment in the Rialto Film studio film series (1959-1972) adapted from the novels of Edgar Wallace.
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The following weapons were used in the film The Puzzle of the Red Orchid (Das Rätsel der roten Orchidee):
Smith & Wesson Victory Model
Smith & Wesson Victory Model revolvers, identified by plain grips and lanyard rings, are widely used in the movie, seen in hands of Captain Allerman (Christopher Lee), Inspector Weston (Adrian Hoven), Edwin Tanner (Pinkas Braun), Parker (Eddi Arent), Scotland Yard plainclothes detectives, gangsters of both rival gangs, including Babyface (Edgar Wenzel) and several unnamed (Charles Palent, Frank Straass, and Gert Segatz).
A Minelli's gangster holds a Mauser HSc during the assassination attempt on Capt. Allerman.
One of the plainclothes detectives in the scene on the construction yard holds a Walther PPK.
Herbert Schmidt Model 4
Gang boss Kerkie Minelli (Eric Pohlmann) carries a pocket pistol in the scene in Steve's tobacco shop. This is a Herbert Schmidt Model 4 (also mentioned as HS4) gas-firing gun. In the final scene Cora Minelli (Christiane Nielsen) fires same looking pistol.
In the opening scene in Chicago Polinski (Benno Gellenbeck), one of Minelli's gangsters, is armed with an MP40. Steve's gangster (Frank Straass) uses an MP40 during the assassination of Elias Tanner. Edwin Tanner (Pinkas Braun) fires an MP40 in the scene in Steve's tobacco shop.
Mauser 98 Sporter
Col. Drood (Herbert A. E. Böhme) and his men (Helmuth Ashley and uncredited one) are armed with Mauser 98 Sporter rifles during the defence of Drood's house. Gangster Babyface (Edgar Wenzel) uses a Mauser 98 Sporter with the sniper scope during the assassination of Mr. Shelby. These rifles may be converted Gewehr 1898 or Karabiner 98k rather than purposely build hunting/sporting guns.
One of Col. Drood's men holds a Karabiner 98k rifle when Parker (Eddi Arent) visits Drood's house. Later Parker himself carries a Kar 98k.
An MG42 is used during the assassination of Mr. Shelby.
Model 39 Eihandgranate
In the opening scene in Chicago one of Minelli's gangsters uses a Model 39 Eihandgranate hand grenade.