Down 8,016 this week

It Happened in Broad Daylight (1958)
"Es geschah am hellichten Tag" (original title)

Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.9/10 from 3,033 users  
Reviews: 15 user | 10 critic

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.


0Check in

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video

Fall TV: 15 Returning TV Shows Worth Binge Watching

Which returning shows do we recommend binging on? We've picked out 15 great options for you. Read this and more lists in our Fall TV section.

Read our list

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 24 titles
created 14 Apr 2011
a list of 23 titles
created 05 Nov 2011
a list of 25 titles
created 06 Dec 2011
a list of 21 titles
created 01 Feb 2012
a list of 22 titles
created 28 Dec 2012

Related Items

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: It Happened in Broad Daylight (1958)

It Happened in Broad Daylight (1958) on IMDb 7.9/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of It Happened in Broad Daylight.
5 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Several young girls were killed in a rural area. Thus Inspector Matthaei has to travel to the region where it happened and has to search for the killer. When all the people suspect a roamer... See full summary »

Director: Nico Hofmann
Stars: Joachim Król, Barbara Rudnik, Axel Milberg
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A young shoemaker is arrested for stealing a small amount of money, and is released after being jailed for 15 years. He wants to have a pass to get a job and start anew, but without a job ... See full summary »

Director: Helmut Käutner
Stars: Heinz Rühmann, Martin Held, Hannelore Schroth
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A successful writer, home-schooled in his youth, masquerades as a student at a secondary school to experience all the fun and pranks he missed out on.

Director: Helmut Weiss
Stars: Heinz Rühmann, Karin Himboldt, Hilde Sessak
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Father Brown brings back a stolen painting. Later he examines the mysterious death of a castle owner.

Director: Axel von Ambesser
Stars: Heinz Rühmann, Rudolf Forster, Grit Boettcher
Comedy | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Director: Axel von Ambesser
Stars: Heinz Rühmann, Ernst Stankovski, Franz Muxeneder
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Father Brown tries to solve some murders.

Director: Helmut Ashley
Stars: Heinz Rühmann, Karl Schönböck, Maria Sebaldt
The Crammer (1958)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Dr. Hermann Seidel is an authoritarian teacher at a small town high school.After the dislocation to a big town school, he sees himself and his concept of education, put to a severe test.

Director: Axel von Ambesser
Stars: Heinz Rühmann, Wera Frydtberg, Gert Fröbe
Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A cold-hearted landlord is turned into a dog by a magician, and will remain a dog until he can find someone who loves him.

Director: Ladislao Vajda
Stars: Peter Ustinov, Pablito Calvo, Aroldo Tieri
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

After ordering enough typewriting paper for 40 years, just to get discount, Heinrich Lohse is forced to retire. The former manager has plenty of time now to spend with his wife and their 16... See full summary »

Directors: Vicco von Bülow, Renate Westphal-Lorenz
Stars: Evelyn Hamann, Vicco von Bülow, Irm Hermann
Main Street (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A couple of friends decide to have a good time and play a trick on an unmarried woman. Therefore one of them has to pretend to fall in love with her.

Director: Juan Antonio Bardem
Stars: Betsy Blair, José Suárez, Yves Massard
Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The sister of a famous, but as yet uncaught, criminal named The Hexer is murdered. Inspector Higgins of Scotland Yard believes that The Hexer will surface to take his revenge on his ... See full summary »

Director: Alfred Vohrer
Stars: Joachim Fuchsberger, Heinz Drache, Sophie Hardy
Surcos (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

The struggles of a Spanish family as it emigrates from the country to Madrid circa 1950.

Director: José Antonio Nieves Conde
Stars: Luis Peña, María Asquerino, Francisco Arenzana


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 <>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Crime | Thriller | Drama


See all certifications »




Release Date:

9 June 1958 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

It Happened in Broad Daylight  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


ESP 11,578 (Spain)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


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 »


Version of The Pledge (2001) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

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.

18 of 22 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
why is - Heinz Rühmann - Unser Lied not in ? auto78900
Discuss It Happened in Broad Daylight (1958) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: