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M (1931)

Not Rated  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller  |  31 August 1931 (Sweden)
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When the police in a German city are unable to catch a child-murderer, other criminals join in the manhunt.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ellen Widmann ...
Theodor Loos ...
Gustaf Gründgens ...
Friedrich Gnaß ...
Fritz Odemar ...
Paul Kemp ...
Theo Lingen ...
Rudolf Blümner ...
Georg John ...
Franz Stein ...
Ernst Stahl-Nachbaur ...
Gerhard Bienert ...


In Germany, Hans Beckert is an unknown killer of girls. He whistles Edvard Grieg's 'In The Hall of the Mountain King', from the 'Peer Gynt' Suite I Op. 46 while attracting the little girls for death. The police force pressed by the Minister give its best effort trying unsuccessfully to arrest the serial killer. The organized crime has great losses due to the intense search and siege of the police and decides to chase the murderer, with the support of the beggars association. They catch Hans and briefly judge him. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Crime | Drama | Thriller


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Release Date:

31 August 1931 (Sweden)  »

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M  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$6,123 (USA) (15 March 2013)


$28,877 (USA) (31 May 2013)

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| (2004 Criterion DVD edition) | (2000 restored) | (re-release)

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1.19 : 1
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Did You Know?


Peter Lorre couldn't whistle well so the whistling of "In the Hall of the Mountain King" heard in the film was actually done by Fritz Lang. Although the director had no musical talent, he felt his own off-key whistling very appropriate. See more »


Man in Pub: Hey, it's fatty Lohmann!
Everyone in Pub: [Chanting] Lohmann, Lohmann, Lohmann!
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Crazy Credits

All of the original credits appear only in the beginning with no music. See more »


Referenced in Siskel & Ebert: The Worst Films of 1992 (1993) See more »


La Marseillaise
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User Reviews

Great examination of society and a heart felt issue which many can not agree on.
20 February 2000 | by (Savannah, GA) – See all my reviews

Great story with incredible development of ideas and feelings while giving the audience an in-depth perspective for each side to an extremely difficult issue to resolve. Every film lover should take the time to see this film for its ingenious style and execution of ideas. Adds a little comedy in interesting ways to help entertain and engage the audience. Acting is incredibly real and heart felt. Dramatic and tender to fit to any interest.

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