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The Violin Case Murders -- The first Jerry Cotton movie is a good one. Jerry's after crooks who pose as a musical band. He infiltrates the gang, cozying up to their gun moll boss and trying to find out what she knows. What's in their violin cases? Great opening titles. Cool movie. B&W, scope, 35mm.


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6 May 1965 (West Germany) See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

George Nader ... Jerry Cotton
Heinz Weiss ... Phil Decker
Sylvia Pascal ... Kitty Springfield
Helga Schlack ... Helen
Helmut Förnbacher ... Percy
Philippe Guégan ... Sniff
Hans E. Schons ... Christallo
Hans Waldherr ... Babe
Heidi Leupolt ... Mary Springfield
Franz Rudnick ... Dr. Jim Kilborne
Robert Rathke ... Latschek
Richard Münch ... Mr. John High
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marinda Ambrozia ... Viktoria (uncredited)
H.M. Crayon ... Everett (uncredited)

Heinz Engelmann ... Jerry Cotton (voice) (uncredited)
Rolf Jahncke ... Detective (uncredited)
Matthias Ndongé ... Williams (uncredited)
Joachim Rake ... Camp-Leiter (uncredited)
Friedrich Schütter ... Voice of Babe (voice) (uncredited)
Frank Straass ... Dr. Bliss (uncredited)
Mita von Ahlefeldt ... Miss Baker (uncredited)
Willy Wiesgen ... Anstreicher (uncredited)

Directed by
Fritz Umgelter 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
George Hurdalek  (as Georg Hurdalek)

Produced by
Gyula Trebitsch .... producer
Original Music by
Peter Thomas 
Cinematography by
Albert Benitz 
Film Editing by
Klaus Dudenhöfer 
Production Management
Hubert Fröhlich .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ingrid Lipowsky .... assistant director
Sound Department
Hans Ebel .... sound

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Also Known As:
"Schüsse aus dem Geigenkasten" - France (original title)
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Germany:89 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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Referenced in Brigitte et Brigitte (1966)See more »


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11 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
A positive view of the first Jerry Cotton film., 18 February 1999
Author: Murph-15 from West Virginia, USA

I saw SCHUSSE AUS DEM GEIGENKASTEN under the English title OPERATION HURRICANE: FRIDAY NOON. It was dubbed, and it was great. George Nader plays Jerry Cotton, F.B.I. agent who works mostly in the New York City area in this first installment of the German action/thriller series from the 1960's. Jerry Cotton was Germany's answer to James Bond. In comparison to the Bond films, the Jerry Cotton movies are not as "posh", but they are better stories. OPERATION HURRICANE is the first and best of the series. The story is very interesting, with a few turns to keep the viewer going up to the end. Peter Thomas did the music for the Jerry Cotton films, and it is the best spy music I have ever heard. I have a difficult time getting the theme out of my head. Two soundtracks were released for the series, one contained dialogue from this particular film (in German, of course). This film has a very cool "sixties secret agent" look, feel, and sound to it. If you're in the mood for a different approach to the spy genre, cozy up to SCHUSSE AUS DEM GEIGENKASTEN. It'll be worth it.

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