The Trygon Factor

Das Geheimnis Der Weissen Nonne

1966

Cyril Frankel
Director

Investigation of a detective's disapperance lead to suspicions about a country estate occupied by an eccentric family and a cloister of nuns. Neither are as innocent as they seem...

Interesting odd addition to the Edgar Wallace cycle of films, an essnetially British krimi filmed with German financing and, of course, Eddi Arent, this time playing a bad guy. The humor of the film is considerably leavened (and nearly dispelled) by a streak of sadism that would be more fitting a few years later, and in a giallo. The cast is excellent, though, especially a nicely sardonic Granger and a very cute Hardy. Great Peter Thomas score and nice topical references to Blow Up as well.

The frequent murder method of gassing used in the film, as well as the glee with which it's performed, did not go over well with German critics, for obvious reasons. That, coupled with the decline of the krimi genre, led to its lack of success at the box office in Germany.

Note: This film has never been released on DVD, and the last VHS release (from which this listing is taken) dates from 1986! Unfortunately it is cropped, which tends to detract from the experience.

Thanks to Scott Palmer for the still of Siegfried Schürenberg.

-Dave W.



16th December 1966
Cinema


88 mins
1.66:1


1st May 1967
Cinema



88 mins
1.66:1



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Stewart Granger
Superintendent Cooper-Smith
Susan Hampshire
Trudy Emberday
Robert Morley
Hubert Hamlyn
Cathleen Nesbitt
Livia Embarday
Brigitte Horney
Sister General
Sophie Hardy
Sophie
Eddi Arent
Emil Clossen
Diane Clare
Sister Claire
James Culliford
Luke Embarday
Allan Cuthbertson
Detective Thompson
Colin Gordon
Inspector Dice
James Robertson Justice
Sir John
(British version)
Siegfried Schürenberg
Sir John
(German version)
Caroline Blakiston
White Nun
(Sister Agnes)
Richardina Jackson
Black Nun
Yuri Borienko
Nailer
Conrad Monk
Pasco
John Barrett
Guide
Jeremy Hawk
Bank Manager
Joseph Cuby
Receptionist
Inigo Jackson
Ballistics Expert
Russell Waters
Sergeant Chivers
Tom Bowman
Security Guard
Carmen Dene
Photographic Model
Monika Dietrich
Photographic Model
Carol Dilworth
Photographic Model
Karen Young
Photographic Model
Unknown
Police Driver
Unknown
Woman at Funeral
Harold Sanderson
Pallbearer
(uncredited)
Paddy Ryan
Palbearer
(unconfirmed)
Unknown
Gravedigger
Unknown
Waiter
Unknown
Hotel Doorman
Unknown
Killer
Unknown
Policeman
Unknown
Policeman
John Tatum
Policeman at Warehouse
(uncredited)
Unknown
Bank Clerk
Unknown
Bank Customer
Unknown
Bank Clerk
Unknown
Bank Clerk
Peter Hannon
Security Guard
(uncredited)
Peter Roy
Security Guard
(uncredited)
Unknown
Security Guard
Unknown
Security Guard
Unknown
Security Guard
Unknown
Policeman Outside Bank
Unknown
Police Driver

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