The Devil's Daffodil

The Devil's Daffodil (also known as Daffodil Killer or German: Das Geheimnis der gelben Narzissen/ Secret of the Yellow Daffodils) is a 1961 British-West German black-and-white crime film directed by Ákos Ráthonyi.[1] The film was produced in an English and a German version, starring different actors in the lead roles but otherwise featuring an almost identical cast and crew. It starred William Lucas in the English version and Joachim Fuchsberger in the German one.

The Devil's Daffodil
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British quad poster
Directed byÁkos Ráthonyi
Produced bySteven Pallos
Donald Taylor
Written byBasil Dawson
Egon Eis
Based onthe novel The Daffodil Mystery by Edgar Wallace
StarringWilliam Lucas
Joachim Fuchsberger
Christopher Lee
Music byKeith Papworth
CinematographyDesmond Dickinson
Edited byPeter Taylor
Omnia Pictures Ltd., Rialto Film
Distributed byPrisma Filmverleih
Release date
  • 17 August 1961 (1961-08-17)
Running time
97 minutes
CountriesUnited Kingdom
West Germany


Actor British version Role Actor German version
William Lucas Jack Tarling Joachim Fuchsberger
Penelope Horner Anne Rider Sabina Sesselmann
Ingrid van Bergen Gloria Lyne Ingrid van Bergen
Albert Lieven Raymond Lyne Albert Lieven
Jan Hendriks Charles Jan Hendriks
Marius Goring Oliver Milburgh Marius Goring
Peter Illing Mr. (Jan) Putek Peter Illing
Walter Gotell Supt. Whiteside Walter Gotell
Christopher Lee Ling Chu Christopher Lee
Colin Jeavons Peter Keene Klaus Kinski


The film is based on the novel The Daffodil Mystery by Edgar Wallace. It was adapted for film by Egon Eis. The screenplay was written by Basil Dawson and Donald Taylor. The German dialogue was written by Horst Wendlandt and Gerhard F. Hummel [de]. Wendlandt was also co-producer along with Preben Philipsen (both of Rialto Film).[2]

Cinematography took place in April and May 1961 in London and environments. The studio was Shepperton Studios/Middlesex.[2]


In Germany, the FSK gave the film a rating of "16 and up" and found it not appropriate for screenings on public holidays. The German version premiered on 21 July 1961.[2]

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  1. ^ "New York Times: The Devil's Daffodil". NY Times. Retrieved 19 October 2008.
  2. ^ a b c "Filmportal: Das Geheimnis der Schwarzen Narzissen". Retrieved 17 November 2014.

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