Unheimliche Geschichten (1932 film)

Unheimliche Geschichten
Directed by Richard Oswald
Produced by
  • Richard Oswald
  • G. Pasqual[1]
Screenplay by
  • Heinz Goldberg
  • Eugen Szatmári[1]
Music by
Cinematography Heinrich Gärtner[1]
Edited by
  • Roto-Film
  • G.P. Films[1]
Release dates
  • July 9, 1932 (1932-07-09)
Country Germany[1]

Unheimliche Geschichten (Uncanny Stories) is a 1932 German horror/comedy film directed by the prolific Austrian film director Richard Oswald, starring Paul Wegener, and produced by Gabriel Pascal.

The story is a merging of three separate short stories, Edgar Allan Poe's The Black Cat, The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether and Robert Louis Stevenson's The Suicide Club, set within a story frame of a reporter's hunt for a crazy scientist. It is a black comedy revisiting many of the classic themes of the horror genre. It was Paul Wegener's first talking movie.


A crazed scientist, Morder (Paul Wegener), driven even crazier by his nagging wife, murders her and walls her up in a basement, a la Poe's The Black Cat. He then flees as the police and a reporter, Frank Briggs (Harald Paulsen), set out to track him down. Morder eventually escapes, by pretending to be insane, into an asylum. Though here the patients has managed to free themselves, lock up the guards, and take charge (inspired by Poe's The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether). After Morder's final escape, he turns up as president of a secret Suicide Club (based on the short story by Stevenson).


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