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Leo Katcher (scenario revisions)
Norman Reilly Raine (scenario revisions)
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Release Date:
March 1951 (USA) See more »
In this Americanization of the 1931 German thriller, both the police and the criminal underworld stalk a mysterious killer who preys on small children. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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David Wayne ... Martin W. Harrow
Howard Da Silva ... Inspector Carney

Martin Gabel ... Charlie Marshall

Luther Adler ... Dan Langley

Steve Brodie ... Police Lt. Becker

Raymond Burr ... Pottsy
Glenn Anders ... Riggert

Norman Lloyd ... Sutro
Walter Burke ... MacMahan
John Miljan ... Blind Baloon Vendor
Roy Engel ... Police Chief Regan
Janine Perreau ... The Last Little Girl
Leonard Bremen ... Lemke (as Lennie Bremen)
Benny Burt ... Jansen
Bernard Szold ... Bradbury Bldg. Watchman
Robin Fletcher ... Elsie Coster
Karen Morley ... Mrs. Coster

Jim Backus ... The Mayor
Jorja Curtright ... Mrs. Stewart
Frances Karath ... Little Girl
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Fred Aldrich ... Sam (uncredited)
George Barrows ... Policeman (uncredited)
Madge Blake ... Police Station Witness (uncredited)

Ewing Miles Brown ... Minor Role (uncredited)
James Dime ... Man in Mob (uncredited)
Virginia Farmer ... Harrow's Landlady (uncredited)
Charles Ferguson ... Detective (uncredited)
John George ... Man in Mob (uncredited)

Alvin Hammer ... Father (uncredited)
Harry Hines ... Dr. Graham's Patient (uncredited)
John Indrisano ... Man in Mob (uncredited)

Sherry Jackson ... Little Girl (uncredited)
Tiny Jones ... Woman in Mob (uncredited)
Kenner G. Kemp ... Detective (uncredited)
Tom Kennedy ... Hood (uncredited)
Donald Kerr ... Man in Mob (uncredited)
Ann Kunde ... Woman in Mob (uncredited)

Norman Leavitt ... Harry Greer - Bistro Patron (uncredited)
Muriel Maddox ... Minor Role (uncredited)
George Magrill ... Man in Mob (uncredited)
Hank Mann ... Man in Mob (uncredited)
William Newell ... Detective Questioning Blonde About License Plate (uncredited)
Frank O'Connor ... Man in Mob (uncredited)
Gregg Palmer ... Television Broadcaster (uncredited)
Bob Perry ... Man in Mob (uncredited)
Jack Perry ... Cab Driver (uncredited)
Stanley Prager ... Police Detective (uncredited)
Dewey Robinson ... Man in Crowd (uncredited)
Jack Roper ... Man in Mob (uncredited)

William Schallert ... Rorschach Test Subject (uncredited)
Lester Sharpe ... Man Helping Little Girl on Skates (uncredited)
Brick Sullivan ... Cop (uncredited)
Peter Virgo ... Harry Dennis, Jaywalker (uncredited)

Ray Walker ... Detective (uncredited)
Bill Welsh ... Dr. Graham - Police Psychiatrist (uncredited)
Dick Wessel ... Policeman Ticketing Jaywalker (uncredited)
Harry Wilson ... Man in Mob (uncredited)

Directed by
Joseph Losey 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Leo Katcher  scenario revisions
Fritz Lang  scenario (uncredited)
Norman Reilly Raine  scenario revisions
Waldo Salt  additional dialogue
Thea von Harbou  scenario (uncredited)

Produced by
Harold Nebenzal .... associate producer
Seymour Nebenzal .... producer
Original Music by
Michel Michelet 
Cinematography by
Ernest Laszlo 
Film Editing by
Edward Mann 
Art Direction by
Martin Obzina 
Set Decoration by
Edward R. Robinson  (as Ray Robinson)
Makeup Department
Ted Larsen .... makeup artist
Production Management
Ben Hersh .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert Aldrich .... assistant director
Jack R. Berne .... second second assistant director
Sound Department
Leon Becker .... sound
Mac Dalgleish .... sound re-recordist
Music Department
Bert Shefter .... musical director
Other crew
John Hubley .... production layout
Robert H. Justman .... production assistant
Don Weis .... script supervisor

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
Germany:86 min (Berlin Film Festival) | USA:88 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)

Did You Know?

Remake of the 1931 German film "M" directed by Fritz Lang.See more »
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
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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Movie Connections:
References The Red Shoes (1948)See more »


Why would organized crime care about catching a child murderer?
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8 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
The pied piper, 3 November 2009
Author: dbdumonteil

A perilous remake ,"M" ,while it's not exactly as startling as Fritz Lang's classic ,is proof positive that all the remakes are not doomed .David Wayne's performance compares favorably with Peter Lorre's,which was not an easy task.The screenplay is faithful like a dog to Von Harbou/Lang's story,itself inspired by a true news item ,the vampire from Düsseldorf.David Wayne ,with his next-door-man look,manages to stay disturbing and threatening ,particularly when he plays with laces and Plasticine figures.The over possessive mother's aberrant upbringing is not passed over in silence ("I'm a man;I'm evil;I have got to be punished!")Losey makes an awesome use of the settings in the last sequences .

Thanks to Losey 's talent ,the Americanization of "M" was a success. Please do not redo now!

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