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, Briggs (Harald Paulsen), set out to track him down. Finally captured by the police, Morder is sent to an insane asylum. Morder then manages to free himself, lock up the guards, and release all the inmates, while he takes charge of the asylum (inspired by Poe’s The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether). In command of things, Morder turns the institution into a Suicide Club (based on the short story by Stevenson). The climax of the film comes as two members of the Suicide Club fight it out in a wild duel. (also known as: Five Sinister Stories, Tales of the Uncanny, Unholy Tales). —wikipedia
Richard Oswald was born November 5, 1880 in Vienna. Son to a wealthy businessman, he pursued a career in the theatre, and from 1907 on, he was writing and directing plays in Vienna. After falling victim to Anti-Semitic attacks, he moved to Düsseldorf and worked as an stage actor. In 1911, he appeared in two films of Reinhard Bruck and subsequently established himself as a successful writer for the new medium with the crime caper “Der Hund von Baskerville”.
In the wake of WWI, Oswald debuted as a director and his feature “Das eiserne Kreuz” marked the first of many encounters with state censorship. He was hired as a director and author by the Greenbaum-Film GmbH, where he continued his popular “Baskerville”-series. He created the character of German detective Engelbert Fox and directed “Hoffmans Erzählungen”, which saw the screen debut of Werner Krauß.
In 1916, Oswald founded the Richard Oswald-Film-Gesellschaft, which produced and released literature adaptations and detective… read more