The Puzzle of the Red Orchid

The Puzzle of the Red Orchid (German: Das Rätsel der roten Orchidee) and also known as The Secret of the Red Orchid) is a 1962 West German black-and-white crime film directed by Helmut Ashley and starring Christopher Lee, Adrian Hoven, and Marisa Mell.[1]

The Puzzle of the Red Orchid
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Directed byHelmut Ashley
Written by
Produced byHorst Wendlandt
CinematographyFranz Xaver Lederle
Edited byHerbert Taschner
Music byPeter Thomas
Distributed byConstantin Film
Release date
  • 1 March 1962 (1962-03-01)
Running time
84 minutes
CountryWest Germany

It was made as part of the long-running series of Edgar Wallace adaptations made by Rialto Film. It was made at the Wandsbek Studios in Hamburg with location shooting in London and around the harbor at Cuxhaven.



The FSK gave the film a rating of "12 and older" and found it not appropriate for screenings on public holidays.[2] The film went on mass release on 1 March 1962.[2]


  1. ^ Hal Erickson (2011). "New York Times: The Puzzle of the Red Orchid". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Archived from the original on 20 May 2011. Retrieved 19 October 2008.
  2. ^ a b "Filmportal: Das Rätsel der roten Orchidee". Retrieved 17 November 2014.

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