MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 6,069 this week

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

7.8
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.8/10 from 2,981 users  
Reviews: 14 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.

Director:

0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 30 titles
created 30 Nov 2011
 
a list of 25 titles
created 06 Dec 2011
 
a list of 22 titles
created 28 Dec 2012
 
a list of 30 titles
created 12 Jul 2014
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: It Happened in Broad Daylight (1958)

It Happened in Broad Daylight (1958) on IMDb 7.8/10

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 »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy
    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 | 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
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 | 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
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Marcelino is an orphan who grows up in a monastery. One day when he eats his small meal in a room full of old things he gives a piece of his bread to an old wooden Jesus figure - and indeed... See full summary »

Director: Ladislao Vajda
Stars: Rafael Rivelles, Antonio Vico, Juan Calvo
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
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Crime | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Hans Albers and Heinz Rühmann play two confidence tricksters. They manage to stop a night train for nefarious purposes, and impersonate Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson. Romantic involvement ... See full summary »

Director: Karl Hartl
Stars: Hans Albers, Heinz Rühmann, Marieluise Claudius
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
The Pledge I (2001)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A retiring police chief pledges to catch the killer of a young child.

Director: Sean Penn
Stars: Jack Nicholson, Benicio Del Toro, Patricia Clarkson
Romance | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Director: Ladislao Vajda
Stars: Heinz Rühmann, Rudolf Vogel, Hubert von Meyerinck
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A troubled detective befriends a single woman and her daughter with the intention of using them as bait for a serial killer.

Director: Rudolf van den Berg
Stars: Richard E. Grant, Lynsey Baxter, Perdita Weeks
Szürkület (1990)
Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Director: György Fehér
Stars: Péter Haumann, János Derzsi, Judit Pogány
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Sigfrit Steiner ...
Detektiv Feller
Siegfried Lowitz ...
Leutnant Henzi
...
Jacquier
Heinrich Gretler ...
Polizeikommandant
...
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 ...
Gemeindepräsident
Rene Magron ...
Polizeibeamter Weber
Max Werner Lenz
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Crime | Thriller | Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Language:

|

Release Date:

9 June 1958 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

It Happened in Broad Daylight  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Gross:

ESP 11,578 (Spain)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Ewald Balser plays Professor Manz in the German language version, but Roger Livesey plays Professor Manz in the English language version. See more »

Connections

Version of Es geschah am hellichten Tag (1997) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Beware of the chocolate hedgehog!
2 November 2009 | by (Yurp) – See all my reviews

Der Verdacht ("The Suspicion") by Friedrich Dürrenmatt is one of my favourite plays, and even books. Packed with suspense, it provides deep insights into the relations between crime, justice and revenge. The book makes a point of not ending like a normal crime story, with the inspector apprehending the criminal. In the book, the monster gets away and his hunter becomes corrupted and mired. The movie is clearly less bold, much more middle-of-the-road, and ends (almost) happily. It's well made, very well acted (featuring three heavyweights of German post-war cinema, Heinz Rühmann, Siegfried Lowitz and Gerd Fröbe), and overall watchable, but it's not anywhere near as bold or good as the book.

Both book and film deal with sexual child abuse, which in this form was a novelty at the time. Unfortunately it reinforces the stereotype of children being threatened by the "evil uncle" (i. e. a preying stranger), while by far the most sexual abuse to children is committed not by strangers but by people known to the children -- male relatives, teachers, priests, etc. Also the perpetrator is not a pedophile per se but driven to his acts by a dominating wife (cherchez la femme).

The movie is also an interesting document of the social mores at the time. Although he's innocent and does the right thing by reporting the crime, the vagabond (I suspect he's meant to be a Jenischer, i. e. someone who's living like a gypsy but isn't one ethnically) garners no sympathies whatsoever. Society is cold and uncaring, they only want a scapegoat. They're happy to see the vagabond die, they wanted to see him lynched in the first place. The way children are displayed, as living in a Freudian dream world, is also interesting.


6 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

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

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?