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

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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 ...
Polizeikommandant
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Berta Drews ...
Frau Schrott
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Professor Manz
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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
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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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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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One of the best thriller.
28 February 2010 | by (Spain) – See all my reviews

A girl is killed in a forest of a small swiss people; the investigation starts very soon, but the suspicions fall on the old street vendor who found the body. Only the commissioner "Matei" (Heinz Rühmann), doubts about his guilt, but just withdraw and leave the case in the hands of a colleague. Meanwhile, the old man, not resisting the situation, suicide in his cell. Already in the airport commissioner repairs in some details counted by the children of school and decides investigate by your account...

Surprises, in any case, the insignificant impact it has had a film as "Es geschah am hellichten Tag" along its more than half a century of existence. And it is surprising that is known so little of a film that, with all the meritocracy we can put the level of films as "El Verdugo", "Calle Mayor" or "La Caza".

"Es geschah am hellichten Tag"" is a macabre story that, far from adornment and seem relevant, is limited to narrate with great pragmatism and commendable agility the search for a bloodthirsty killer of children. Good work of all the players of that there are only a Spanish actress, Rosa Maria Salgado "Frau Heller", who worked in films like "El Inquilino", "Balarrasa", "Don Juan","Séptima Página"... The master Ladislao Vajda made us enjoy and deeply in subsequent and in some way mythical productions "Mi Tío Jacinto", "An angel step by Brooklyn", and "Marcelino Pan y Vino".

Presents a good photography in black and white of Heinrich Gärtner, and a good and curious soundtrack by Bruno Canfora that in some fragments is similar to the film "Ryan'S daughter".


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