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Writers:
Leo Katcher (scenario revisions)
Norman Reilly Raine (scenario revisions)
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Release Date:
March 1951 (USA) See more »
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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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Joseph, you're good but you're no Fritz Lang. See more (15 total) »

Cast

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David Wayne ... Martin W. Harrow
Howard Da Silva ... Inspector Carney

Martin Gabel ... Charlie Marshall, crime boss

Luther Adler ... Dan Langley
Steve Brodie ... 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, thug left behind in Bradbury Bldg. (as Lennie Bremen)
Benny Burt ... Jansen, drunk thug outside Bradbury Bldg.
Bernard Szold ... Bradbury Bldg. Watchman
Robin Fletcher ... Elsie Coster
Karen Morley ... Mrs. Coster

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

Ewing Miles Brown ... (uncredited)
Lonnie Burr ... Child Victim (uncredited)
Virginia Farmer ... Harrow's Landlady (uncredited)

Alvin Hammer ... Father (uncredited)
John Indrisano ... (uncredited)

Sherry Jackson ... Little Girl (uncredited)
Tiny Jones ... Woman in Mob (uncredited)
Tom Kennedy ... Hood (uncredited)

Norman Leavitt ... Harry Greer - Bistro Patron (uncredited)
Muriel Maddox ... Extra (uncredited)
Hank Mann ... Man in Mob (uncredited)
William Newell ... Detective Questioning Blonde About License Plate (uncredited)
Frank O'Connor ... Man in Mob (uncredited)
Stanley Prager ... Police Detective (uncredited)
Jack Roper ... Man in Mob (uncredited)

William Schallert ... Rorschach Test Subject (uncredited)
Brick Sullivan ... Cop (uncredited)
Peter Virgo ... Harry Dennis, Jaywalker (uncredited)
Ray Walker ... Detective (uncredited)
Dick Wessel ... Policeman Ticketing Jaywalker (uncredited)
Harry Wilson ... Onlooker (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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Runtime:
Germany:86 min (Berlin Film Festival) | USA:88 min
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Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
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10 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Joseph, you're good but you're no Fritz Lang., 17 June 2001
Author: reptilicus from Vancouver, Canada

***SPOILERS*** ***SPOILERS*** This is a very hard film to see, and after screening it I know why. Virtually a scene for scene remake of Fritz Lang's 1931 classic (his first talkie by the way) but director Joseph Losey (best remembered for THE SERVANT, 1961) has added some touches which make the film even more disturbing. The killer (David Wayne in the role that made Peter Lorre a European star) takes the shoes from the children he kills thus adding fetishism and paedophilia to his homicidal urges. Berlin's organised underworld is replaced by a Mafia-style boss who recruits teenage thugs, replacing the Beggars Union from the original film, to track down the killer who blends in so well with the regular populace. Meanwhile the public are whipped into lynch mob frenzy by newspaper headlines and many innocent people nearly become victims of mob mentality. Even camera angles from the original are copied in these quick vignettes. Once again the killer's undoing is the blind beggar who recognises his whistling. (For you trivia buffs, the blind beggar this time is played by John Miljan who in 1930 was the DA who yanked of Mrs. O'Grady's wig and exposed Lon Chaney Sr in the courtroom scene of THE UNHOLY THREE.) San Francisco's famous Bradbury Building, also the site of the "Outer Limits" episode "Demon With A Glass Hand", is where the killer takes refuge before being captured by the criminals of the city. Once again we explore the social and ethical implications of their actions. Many of the crooks, prostitutes and lowlifes are genuinely appalled by the actions of the child murderer but many others are just miffed because of the increased police activity that keeps them from "working". In that respect we can agree with the killer's cry (from Lang's version) "You wouldn't have to do this if you could keep your hands off things, if you worked! But I! I cannot help myself! The fire, the voices, the torment!" Losey almost makes a critical error by introducing the character of the drunken, has-been lawyer so early in the film and allowing him to pop up throughout the story until he becomes the reluctant defence counsel for the killer at the end. The killer and the hunt for him should be the main focus of the picture and by putting such emphasis on the lawyer character the powerful ending of the film is blunted. David Wayne's own speech to the kangaroo court, what should have been a highly dramatic moment, is reduced to a few lines and overshadowed by the lawyer (Luther Adler, admittedly giving a good performance) delineating his own life and how he came to be such a loser that we almost forget about the man whose actions we have been following since the film began! Nice try Joseph but you should have left a classic alone.

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