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Squeaker (Der Zinker), The (1963)
The Squeaker (German title Der Zinker, French title L'Enigme du serpent noir) is a 1963 German-French detective movie directed by Alfred Vohrer and adapted from the 1927 novel "The Squeaker" (also released as "The Sign Of the Leopard" and "The Squealer") by Edgar Wallace. A shady person known as "The Squeaker" blackmails the criminal underworld of London, demanding to sell him the plunder on bargain price under the threat of informing police or the death, dealt by snake poison. Inspector Elford of Scotland Yard investigates the case and finds out that it is connected with the zoological store owned by Mr. Sutton.
The film is the twelfth installment in the Rialto Film studio film series (1959-1972) adapted from the novels of Edgar Wallace, and the fourth screen adaptation of the original novel, following 1930 and 1937 British versions and 1931 German version.
WARNING! THIS PAGE CONTAINS SPOILERS!
The following weapons were used in the film The Squeaker (Der Zinker):
In the opening scene Krishna Alexander Jefferson (Klaus Kinski) is armed with an Arminius HW-1 starter revolver, fitted with the adapter for launching the signal flares. In the film this adapter acts as a sound suppressor. Police inspector Elford (Heinz Drache) carries an Arminius HW-1 revolver in several scenes. Two of "The Lord"'s henchmen are armed with Arminius revolvers during the ambush on "The Squeaker".
Dreyse Model 1907
Dreyse Model 1907 pistols are seen in hands of Thomas Leslie (Jan Hendriks) and the crime boss known as "The Lord" (Siegfried Wischnewski).
Sten Mk II
During the ambush on "The Squeaker" "The Lord"'s henchman "The Champ" (Stanislav Ledinek) is armed with a Sten Mk II. Krishna Alexander Jefferson (Klaus Kinski) uses a Sten in the final scene.
"The Squeaker"'s Assassination Device
For a number of murders "The Squeaker" (his true identity is revealed in the final scene) uses a spring-powered concealed gun that shoots deadly mamba snake venom capsules. In the final scene the weapon falls in hands of Mrs. Mulford (Agnes Windeck).
A portrait of Mrs. Mulford late husband Paul Mulford shows him on an African hunt, with a rifle with sniper scope in hands. The drawing of the rifle is possibly based on Winchester Model 70.