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The Inn on the River (1962)

Das Gasthaus an der Themse (original title)
A serial killer named The Shark is terrorizing London by killing his victims with a speargun and then, dressed in a scruba-diver's wetsuit, using the city's sewer tunnels to make his ... See full summary »

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(1960) Karin Dor, Joachim Fuchsberger, Elizabeth Flickenschildt. A creepy German-made Wallace thriller about the ghost of a hanged man who returns to fulfill his promise. All of his accusers must die! 16mm.

Director: Harald Reinl
Stars: Joachim Fuchsberger, Karin Dor, Fritz Rasp
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Insp. Wade (as Joachim Berger)
Brigitte Grothum ...
Leila Smith
Elisabeth Flickenschildt ...
Nelly Oaks (as Elisabeth Flick)
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Gregor Gubanow
Eddi Arent ...
Barnaby
Richard Münch ...
Dr. Collins
Jan Hendriks ...
Roger Lane
Heinz Engelmann ...
Mr. Broen
Siegfried Schürenberg ...
Hela Gruel ...
Anna Smith
Hans Paetsch ...
Rechtsanwalt
Rudolf Fenner ...
Big Willy
Manfred Greve ...
Sgt. Frank (as Manfred Grove)
Gertrud Prey ...
Nurse (as Getrud Prey)
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Eva Maria Bauer ...
Blondine am Schaufensrer
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A serial killer named The Shark is terrorizing London by killing his victims with a speargun and then, dressed in a scruba-diver's wetsuit, using the city's sewer tunnels to make his getaway. Inspector Wade of Scotland Yard is assigned to the case, and he begins to suspect that the Shark is tied in with a smuggling ring the authorities believe is run out of a dive on the Thames waterfront called The Mekka. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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So packend - so dramatisch - so spannend - das ist wieder Edgar Wallace Meisterklasse

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28 September 1962 (West Germany)  »

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With approximately 4.000.000 admissions during its official German theatrical run, this is the most successful German Edgar Wallace film out of 37 productions between 1959-72. See more »

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Referenced in Lukas: Mann und Maus (1998) See more »

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...besonders in der Nacht
Performed by Elisabeth Flickenschildt
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Joachim Fuchsberger goes after "The Shark", who is harpooning people near the misty Thames
3 May 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Inn of the River" or "Das Gasthaus an der Thamse" is a very good Edgar Wallace-based krimi. This is one is above par because of its thoroughly noir cinematography. You couldn't ask for more atmosphere, much of it at night and some subterranean, around a seedy bar or a Thames harbor area.

To the more prominent list of regulars, add the name of Siegfried Shurenberg, who plays Fuchsberger's boss in this one. He went on to appear in another 13 or so krimis by my rough count. We can also add Elisabeth Flickenschildt, who here appears as the owner of a seedy in and saloon and who loves jewels and fencing them. She's in 3 other krimis.

I am intrigued by the ways that this krimi and others maintain momentum and keep one interested in the story. It's through a combination of offbeat characters who are not clichés, not revealing too much as we go along, striking photography, different music, several simultaneous mysteries going on at once, and mystery not only of the murderer but even of relationships. Sometimes there is an unrevealed undercover cop adding to the challenge. In this one, the head of a gang (The Shark) is unknown even to the gang members, and it's not too clear what they are up to.


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