In this Americanization of the 1931 German thriller, both the police and the criminal underworld stalk a mysterious killer who preys on small children.

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Inspector Carney
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Charlie Marshall
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Dan Langley
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Police Lt. Becker
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Pottsy
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Riggert
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Sutro
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MacMahan
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Blind Baloon Vendor
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Police Chief Regan
Janine Perreau ...
The Last Little Girl
Leonard Bremen ...
Lemke (as Lennie Bremen)
Benny Burt ...
Jansen
Bernard Szold ...
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There is a baby killer loose and the police can't find him. He is a sick, psychotic and confused individual, though guilty. The increased police activity trying to find the baby killer is interfering with the mob's criminal activities. The gangsters are not pleased the intense police attention so the mob decides to find him themselves. The mob bosses send the mobsters out to find him. He is found and the young girl he grabbed is saved. A mock trial is conducted in the basement of a parking garage in front of mass of gangsters who captured him and citizens demanding blood. The baby criminal is defended by a lawyer provided by the mob boss. As the police show up, the mob boss shoots the lawyer defending the baby killer because he is doing too good of a job defending the baby killer. Both the mob boss and the baby killer are taken into custody by the police for justice. As the movie ends and the guilty are led out of the parking garage, we hear the spooky single tune played on a flute ... Written by Hal Wigoda

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M le maudit  »

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Remake of the 1931 German film "M" directed by Fritz Lang. See more »

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When the killer and the little girl are locked in the room, the large shadow of the microphone boom is clearly visible on the wall on the left side of the screen after she sits down on the floor. See more »

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Lt. Becker: I just washed out the last bum we picked up.
Inspector Carney: Maybe we should widen the field.
Lt. Becker: Bums don't sue for false arrest.
Inspector Carney: We keep on picking up bums and the guy we're looking for could be a professor, a storekeeper, maybe even a cop. We look for him in honky tonks and he might be on a golf course.
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References The Red Shoes (1948) See more »

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let the film stand on its own merits
9 April 2016 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

As an IMDb prolific reviewer I have no objection to the passion shown by other members in comparing this Americanization to the original. I get it.

The problem is that, leaving the backstory of the production aside, this is a superb film from a decade not otherwise known for superb films.

First I was lucky to catch a new cut of the film in top quality shown on HD TV in 2016. For those fans who complained about poor VHS copies, again, I feel your pain.

Again, if you can stand to rate this film on its own, it is brilliant.

The story. Some 15 years before the mob and the authorities would get together for real (JFK) here you have a story that captures your imagination. What if it was in the mob's interest to do a job that no one else wanted to do ... or could do? The acting is top notch, especially since there are few big names in the cast, even by 50s standards. Raymond Burr playing a thug is a treat.

The script is hypnotizing. The writer just let the subject matter tell itself.

However at the end of the day it is the direction and cinematography that capture the viewer. A few more films like this and you can almost make an argument for going back to B&W prints.

The subtext is awesome. I found myself thinking of the original French version of Beauty and the Beast (LA BELLE ET LA BETE.) How many movies can give you in the very same film the best and the worst of our species? Amazing and recommended.


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