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The Mad Executioners (Der Henker von London)

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The Mad Executioners
(Der Henker von London)
Der Henker von London Poster.jpg
Original German Poster
Country GER.jpg West Germany
Directed by Edwin Zbonek
Release Date 1963
Language German
Studio CCC Filmproduktion
Distributor Columbia-Bavaria
Main Cast
Character Actor
Inspector John Hillier Hansjörg Felmy
Ann Barry Maria Perschy
Dr. Philip Trooper Harry Riebauer
Sir Francis Elliott Barry Rudolf Forster
Gabby Pennypacker Chris Howland
Chief Inspector Morel Smith Wolfgang Preiss
Dr. MacFerguson Dieter Borsche
Jerome Rudolf Fernau

The Mad Executioners (Der Henker von London; another English release title The Executioner of London) is a 1963 German detective movie directed by Edwin Zbonek and based on the novel "The White Carpet" by Bryan Edgar Wallace (son of better known Edgar Wallace). A group of vigilantes that calls themselves "The Executioner of London" sentence criminals, whose deeds have not been revealed until then, to death by hanging. They use the historical executioner's rope, stolen from the museum of Scotland Yard. Inspector Hillier (Hansjörg Felmy) suspects someone who is connected with the police or the court.

The film is the third installment in the CCC Filmproduktion studio film series (1962-1972), based on the works of Bryan Edgar Wallace.


The following weapons were used in the film The Mad Executioners (Der Henker von London):


FN Model 1900

Several police detectives, notably Inspector John Hillier (Hansjörg Felmy), are armed with FN Model 1900 pistols. During the trial, held by "The Executioner" on certain Francois Breant, an FN Model 1900 that was used by Breant to commit a murder is shown.

FN Model 1900 - .32 ACP
"The Executioner" shows the murder weapon to Breant.
A criminal Knife Joe (Narziss Sokatscheff), disguised as "The Executioner", disarms Inspector Hillier.
A plainclothes detective holds an FN 1900 pistol.
Hillier arrests the mad scientist Dr. MacFerguson (Dieter Borsche).
Hillier puts his pistol back in pocket.

Walther PPK

A Walther PPK is briefly seen in hands of a police detective.

Walther PPK - .380 ACP
A detective at the foreground holds a Walther PPK.

Unidentified handguns

A number of handguns are used by police personnel and criminals in several scenes. These guns are seen very briefly and unclear.

Ann Barry (Maria Perschy) takes a pocket pistol from her purse and throws it to Hillier.
The grip of the pistol is seen when Hillier catches the gun.
Knife Joe (Narziss Sokatscheff) aims his pistol at Hillier.
A pistol is seen in hands of Joe's henchman.
At the background center a detective aims his pistol at Joe's henchman who is armed with a compact revolver. At the foreground one more criminal holds a revolver.
One more criminal holds a revolver.
Chief Inspector Morel Smith (Wolfgang Preiss) holds his pistol in the climactic scene (at the right). His gun is possibly an FN Model 1910 or one of its derivatives.
Chief Inspector Smith holds his pistol in the final scene.

Submachine Guns


A police detective holds an MP40 submachine gun during the arrest of Knife Joe's gang.

MP40 - 9x19mm
A plainclothes detective with an MP40.


PPS-43 submachine guns are seen in hands of police detectives during the arrest of the "Executioners".

PPS-43 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
A detective holds a PPS-43.
Same detective with a PPS-43.

Rifles and Assault Rifles


During the arrest of Knife Joe's gang, L1A1 battle rifles are seen in hands of soldiers, supporting police.

L1A1 SLR, original model - 7.62x51mm NATO. Early version of the L1A1 had wood stocks, handguard and pistol grips, along with a cylindrical wood carry handle.
Soldiers with L1A1 rifles.


What looks like some version of AK is briefly seen in hands of a police detective in the climactic scene.

For reference: Type 2 AK-47 - 7.62x39mm
The typical barrel of the AK is seen.

Firearms in the Museum of Scotland Yard

A number of firearms are exhibits of the museum of Scotland Yard:

Luger P08 - 9x19mm
Leuchtpistole 42 Flare Pistol - 26.65mm
PPS-43 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
PPSh-41 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
MP40 - 9x19mm
Sturmgewehr 44 - 7.92x33mm Kurz
Three gun are seen on the wall at the left: PPS-43 on the top, PPSh-41 (without magazine) in the center, and StG 44 (without magazine and buttstock) at the bottom.
At the left: a mannequin of a gangster carries an MP40 (red 1). To the right: an LP42, a P08 and a barrel of one more handgun are seen on the wall (red 2). At the right: abovementioned PPS-43, PPSh-41 and StG 44 (red 3).

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