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The Inn on the River (1962)
"Das Gasthaus an der Themse" (original title)

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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 ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Joachim Fuchsberger ...
Insp. Wade
Brigitte Grothum ...
Leila Smith
Elisabeth Flickenschildt ...
Nelly Oaks
Gregor Gubanow
Eddi Arent ...
Richard Münch ...
Dr. Collins
Jan Hendriks ...
Roger Lane
Heinz Engelmann ...
Mr. Broen
Siegfried Schürenberg ...
Hela Gruel ...
Anna Smith
Hans Paetsch ...
Rudolf Fenner ...
Big Willy
Manfred Greve ...
Sgt. Frank
Gertrud Prey ...
Nurse (as Getrud Prey)


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

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smuggling | murder | remake | harpoon | river | See more »


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


Crime | Drama


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28 September 1962 (West Germany)  »

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(Klangfilm Eurocord-Magnetocord)

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1.37 : 1
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"Gregor Gubanow", played by Klaus Kinski, was actually producer Horst Wendlandt's birth name. See more »


Spoofed in Der Wixxer (2004) See more »


...besonders in der Nacht
Performed by Elisabeth Flickenschildt
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Excuse me, is that a harpoon in your chest?
4 September 1999 | by (in a seedy waterfront bar) – See all my reviews

This is another in the series of German krimi's based on the works of Edgar Wallace.After sitting through several less than average of these this one rises above the water(pun intended) a bit.

There is a killer called The Shark terrorizing the Thames.He has a propensity to shoot folks with a spear gun.The Shark is also the criminal mastermind behind a gem smuggling ring that is driving Scotland Yard up the wall.Inspector Wade of the River Police is put in charge of the case.

Most of the action centers around a waterfront dive called Mekka.The owners smuggle in contraband whiskey and are tied up with the Shark somehow.Red herrings and double indentities are as usual plentiful.There is also a plot to attain one of the greatest inheritances in England.

The black & white photography adds a lot of flavor to this film. The Thames at night looks to be a place that you don't want to be. The use of night fog is pretty eerie.The sets are well done. You do feel like you're in a very seedy waterfront dive.The plot moves along well and the movie is ably directed. You have to take the acting at face value as you can never really tell with the dubbing.The same stable of actors is used from film to film which is always fun to see them in different roles.

As usual there are some drawbacks. The opening title theme is hysterically funny. It is punctuated with yells, screams and a cuckoo clock.In fact there are so many badly done songs in the first ten minutes you think you're watching a musical. As usual Eddie Arndt plays the broad comic relief which while a staple in this series never fails to irritate.

All in all a small cut above the average in this series.

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