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It Happened in Broad Daylight (1958)

Es geschah am hellichten Tag (original title)
Having doubts about the guilt of the obvious suspect in the murder of an eight year old girl, a police detective decides to investigate the case on his own.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sigfrit Steiner ...
Detektiv Feller
Siegfried Lowitz ...
Leutnant Henzi
Heinrich Gretler ...
Berta Drews ...
Frau Schrott
Professor Manz
Professor Manz (voice)
María Rosa Salgado ...
Frau Heller
Anita von Ow ...
Annemarie Heller
Barbara Haller ...
Ursula Fehlmann
Emil Hegetschweiler ...
Rene Magron ...
Polizeibeamter Weber
Max Werner Lenz


Several young girls were killed. Policeman Matthaei travels to the region where it happened and searches a child that looks similar to the ones that were murdered. He finds one and stays with her and her mother, not telling them that he is waiting for the killer to start his bloody work one more time ... Written by Wolfgang Klimt <wolfii@leo.org>

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9 June 1958 (West Germany)  »

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It Happened in Broad Daylight  »

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Friedrich Dürrenmatt wrote the screenplay (together with Hans Jacoby and Ladislao Vajda) while at the same time developing the novel form of the story under the title "Das Versprechen" (The Pledge). He finished the novel after the film was completed and gave it a different, much darker ending. See more »


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For Hitchcock fan here is an undiscovered masterpiece reminiscent of his best works.
23 September 2006 | by (Austria) – See all my reviews

Truly one of the superlative thriller/mystery films of all time. I saw it in the original German on Austria TV and it is still gripping. I thought it is so Hitchcockian then I realized the musical technique--the sudden loud shrieks in the orchestra--at the moment of contact with the killer, his house and the car. This is Psycho. The film mood and pace is Psycho. Then again, I realized the film and the Broadway play which received Tony nomination were both celebrated shortly before Psycho was made. Could it be that Hitch made the perfect horror film as a paean to this great masterpiece. One of the few films of the genre I will set next to Hitchcock and it does indeed hold its place superbly. Can any compliment be higher. If you love Hitchcock as I do, you must get the film--the original German print of 1958 not the TV version and not the American remake with Nicholson, as fine as it is. If you understand German watch it first that way. Unforgettable.

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