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The Squeaker (Der Zinker) (1963)

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The Squeaker (Der Zinker)
Der Zinker 1963 Poster.jpg
Original German Poster
Country GER.jpg West Germany
FRA.jpg France
Directed by Alfred Vohrer
Release Date 1963
Language German
Studio Rialto Film
Distributor Constantin Film
Main Cast
Character Actor
Inspector Elford Heinz Drache
Beryl Stedman Barbara Rütting
Frank Sutton Günter Pfitzmann
Krishna Alexander Jefferson Klaus Kinski
Thomas Leslie Jan Hendriks
Josua 'Jos' Harras Eddi Arent
Mrs. Mulford Agnes Windeck
Millie Trent Inge Langen

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.


The following weapons were used in the film The Squeaker (Der Zinker):


Arminius HW-1

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".

Arminius HW-1 starter revolver
Krishna holds the revolver with barrel adapter when he sneaks in the Sutton's zoological store in the opening scene.
Krishna shoots at the lights.
A view from the muzzle.
Krishna carries the revolver tucked into his belt. The typical Arminius grip is seen.
"The Lord"'s henchman in ambush.
Another henchman waits in the car.
Inspector Elford holds his revolver.
Elford fires his revolver. Note the sparks from the cylinder.
Inspector Elford (Heinz Drache) holds the revolver on the promotional image.

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).

Dreyse Model 1907 - 7.65mm Browning
"The Lord" aims his pistol at "The Squeaker".
Leslie holds his pistol in the scene in Mrs. Mulford's house.

Submachine Guns

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.

Sten Mk II (Canadian) - 9x19mm
"The Champ" in ambush.
"The Champ" fires at "The Squeaker"'s car.
Krishna appears from a secret passage, holding a Sten.
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Krishna aims the gun at Millie Trent.
Krishna with the Sten.

Other Weapons

"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).

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"The Squeaker" shoots his weapon. The spring and the trigger button are seen in action.
"The Squeaker" and "The Lord" aim their weapons at each other.
A close-up of the weapon.
Mrs. Mulford holds the weapon with the folded barrel.
Der Zinker-1963-SpringGun-5.jpg
Mrs. Mulford activates the gun.
She threatens "The Squeaker".


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.

For comparison: Pre-1964 Winchester Model 70 - .30-06
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Der Zinker-1963-Portrait-2.jpg

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