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Weimar Wallace: Three Early German Screen Adaptations of Novels by Edgar Wallace (1931–1934)

Eike Kronshage

Abstract

The article analyzes three little-known films from the early 1930s which are based on novels by British crime thriller writer Edgar Wallace. It presents the films and their genre as a case study for crime cinema and politics in the transition from the Weimar Republic to Nazi Germany by contextualizing them within the rapidly changing film market after January 1933. The series of popular Weimar Wallace films ended abruptly with Hitler’s rise to power, which also put a stop to most of the country’s transnational cinema practices, including film adaptations of novels which were then considered as un-German.


Corresponding author: Dr. Eike Kronshage, Chemnitz University of Technology, Faculty of Humanities, English Department, Reichenhainer Str. 39, 09107 Chemnitz, Germany

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Published Online: 2019-12-11
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