No one could do the Stare of Doom™ better than Conrad Veidt. I mean, look at him! Are those death rays I see emanating from his ocular cavities?
Of course, part of what made Veidt’s Stare of Doom™ so good is that his characters were often deadly enough to back up the stare with some real, honest-to-goodness villainy. In this case, Veidt is about to introduce Paul Richter to his pet tigers. What’s the point of having a tiger pit if you can’t toss a romantic rival or two into it?
This is from The Indian Tomb, a two-part German epic with tigers and elephants and freeze-dried palm trees and more Conrad Veidt than you can shake a stick at.
(You can read my full-length review of The Indian Tomb here. I also cover Fritz Lang’s talkie remake.)
Availability: The Indian Tomb is available on DVD with English intertitles. The print is in very nice shape and the DVD features a synth score from Eric Beheim. This disc is now out-of-print but it’s worth tracking down a used copy.