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  Lil Dagover and Carl de Vogt.
Photograph: courtesy Kino Lorber.
Die Spinnen
(The Spiders)
Also known as Der goldene See (The Golden Sea) and Das Brillantenschiff (The Diamond Ship) in Germany; The Spiders and Spiders in the USA
(1919) German
B&W : Feature film
Directed by Fritz Lang

Cast: Carl de Vogt [Kay Hoog], Ressel Orla [Lio Sha], Georg John [Doktor Telphas], Lil Dagover [Naela], Paul Morgan, Friedrich Kuehne, Bruno Lettinger, Paul Biensfeldt

Decla-Film production. / Scenario by Fritz Lang + [Thea von Harbou]. Art direction by Otto Hunte and Karl Ludwig Kirmse. Set design by Hermann Warm, Otto Hunte, Karl Ludwig Kirmse and Heinrich Umlauff. Technical advisor, Heinrich Umlauff. Cinematography by Karl Freund [Der goldene See] and Emil Schünemann (Carl Hoffman) [Das Brillantenschiff]. / Premiered 3 October 1919 in Berlin, Germany. / Standard 35mm spherical 1.33:1 format. / Originally released as a two-part serial; second part released in 1920. Part one titled Der goldene See (The Golden Sea); part two titled Das Brillantenschiff (The Diamond Ship). The original German subtitle translates as “The Adventures of Kay Hoog in Worlds Known and Unknown.” Lang also wrote scenarios for two additional films, part three Das Geheimnis der Sphinx (The Secret of the Sphinx) and part four Um Asiens Kaiserkrone (For the Sake of Asia’s Imperial Crown), but the films were never produced.

Drama: Crime.

Survival status: Print exists.

Current rights holder: Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung.

Keywords: Gemstones: Diamonds - Secret organizations - Serials

Listing updated: 28 September 2013.

References: Jensen-Lang pp. 12, 18, 21, 34, 205; Steinbrunner-Encyclopedia p. 238 : Website-IMDb; Website-SerSq.

Home video: DVD.

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