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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 ...
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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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Gert Fröbe's performance in this film prompted Harry Saltzman and Albert R. Broccoli to cast Fröbe as Auric Goldfinger in the James Bond film Goldfinger (1964). See more »

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A chilling cat-and-mouse thriller
9 September 2015 | by (NYC suburbs) – See all my reviews

An ititerant peddler (Michel Simon) finds the body of a young girl in a Swiss forest and alerts an inspector from a neighboring town who'd once been kind to him. When Inspector Matthai (Heinz Ruhmann) gets there, he finds a mob eager to lynch the peddler who soon commits suicide in his cell after a grueling interrogation. Matthai believes the old man was innocent and the savage razor slaying the work of a serial killer prowling the woods along a major highway. No longer on the police force, the ex-inspector sets out to catch the killer by renting a roadside gas station and hiring a young woman with an 8 year-old daughter to be his housekeeper with the intention of using the child as bait...

That's a dangerous game to play in this gripping cat-and-mouse thriller that's also a fairly good police procedural, considering the resources and lack of forensics at the time. Gert Frobe is chilling as the misogynist psychopath and it was this performance that led the producers of GOLDFINGER to cast him as the titular megalomaniac.


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