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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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Sigfrit Steiner ...
Detektiv Feller
Siegfried Lowitz ...
Leutnant Henzi
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Jacquier
Heinrich Gretler ...
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Berta Drews ...
Frau Schrott
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Professor Manz
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María Rosa Salgado ...
Frau Heller
Anita von Ow ...
Annemarie Heller
Barbara Haller ...
Ursula Fehlmann
Emil Hegetschweiler ...
Gemeindepräsident
Rene Magron ...
Polizeibeamter Weber
Max Werner Lenz
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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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ESP 11,578 (Spain)
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1.37 : 1
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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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Powerful suspense drama, unappreciated by its own author.
16 May 2005 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

This Swiss movie, originally made for TV, was dismissed by Durrenmatt because he felt it didn't probe deeply enough into the driven character of the Inspector. I totally disagree with him. This version is powerfully realized and stunningly acted. Durrenmatt's literary version, The Pledge, undercuts the power of the theme and registers the Inspector's commitment as hollow and pointless. The American movie version of the Pledge was a conceptual, execution and box-office disaster.

What Durrenmatt does in The Pledge is to book-end this satisfying story with a narrative overlay that only revokes all the drama and suspense of the central story. This is as pointless and destructive as book-end CASABLANCA with a narrator that claims that Rick was really a scoundrel working for the Nazis the whole time.


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