The black cobra

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Original title The black cobra
The black cobra logo 001.svg
Country of production Austria
original language German
Publishing year 1963
length 96 minutes
Age rating FSK 16
Director Rudolf Zehetgruber
script Rudolf Zehetgruber ,
Roman Schliesser
production Wiener Stadthalle
music Heinz Neubrand
camera Hans Jura
cut Paula Dvorak

The Black Cobra is an Austrian crime film that was filmed in and around Vienna in early 1963 under the direction of Rudolf Zehetgruber . The black and white film produced by the Wiener Stadthalle was intended to build on the success of the German Edgar Wallace films . The Austrian and nationwide cinema release was on May 17, 1963.


The truck driver Peter Karner barely escapes an assassination attempt. He finds out that he is transporting cocaine instead of washing powder on behalf of the unscrupulous drug dealer Manuzzo . There are dramatic scenes on the motorway in which Manuzzo is shot. Karner escapes and hides in the rest house Zur Kobra with his girlfriend Alexa. While Commissioner Langhammer and Inspector Knecht are officially investigating the case, Karner decides to expose the smuggler gang and the man behind them, a certain Mr. Green, on their own.

All traces seem to lead to the Paradise Bar, where numerous dodgy characters and suspects hang out. Karner's life is in danger and Alexa is kidnapped by the criminals. At the last moment the criminals can be overwhelmed and a certain Mr. Wunderlich exposed as the man behind Mr. Green. On the run through a car junkyard, he finally dies himself in a scrap press.

History of origin


In the course of the Edgar Wallace films by Rialto Film , which have been marketed by Constantin Filmverleih since 1959 , numerous other crime films based on a similar pattern were made in the 1960s. The “Wiener Stadthalle Betriebs- und Produktionsgesellschaft”, founded in 1961, wanted to bring such a work to the cinemas after several successful music films. The script came from Rudolf Zehetgruber, who also directed, and the journalist Roman Schliesser . The cast consisted of numerous well-known actors who were in no way inferior to those of the real Edgar Wallace films.


The shooting of The Black Cobra took place in Vienna and the surrounding area at the beginning of 1963, at the commercial height of the crime wave wave. However, the name of the location is not mentioned in the film and can only be recognized by the license plates of the cars. The studio recordings were made in the Wien-Film studios in the Sievering district . Wolf Witzemann was hired as a production designer . Klara Zichy-Kiss took on the costume advice.


The FSK released the film from the age of 16. The film, which started on May 17, 1963, was marketed by Nora Filmverleih. For the director Rudolf Zehetgruber, The Black Cobra was the first of several crime films. In the same year he was to stage Die Nylonschlinge and Piccadilly twelve o'clock .


"With calibrated figures and opaque adventures, a ready-made" thriller "that [...] conveys some thrills."

- Paimann's film lists , August 27, 1963

"Average thriller from Austria, in which the mutually exterminating drug dealers relieve the police of a lot of work."

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Individual evidence

  1. 96 minutes for cinema projection (24 images / second), 92 minutes for television playback (25 images / second), film length: 2630 meters
  2. The black cobra . In: Paimann's film lists . No. 2802 , August 27, 1963 ( ).
  3. The black cobra. In: Lexicon of International Films . Film service , accessed March 2, 2017 .Template: LdiF / Maintenance / Access used