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Release Date:
7 May 1949 (Sweden) See more »
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  (in credits order)
Heinrich Gretler ... Wachtmeister Jakob Studer / Constable Jakob Studer
Heinz Woester ... Dr. med Ernst Laduner
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Friedrich Braun ... Patient
Otto Brefin
Gottlieb Büchi
Zarli Carigiet ... Patient
Mathilde Danegger ... Dr. med Spühler
Fritz Delius ... Patient
Hugo Döblin ... Patient
Enzo Ertini ... Patient
Hans Gaugler ... Leibundgut
Emil Gerber ... Pfleger Jutzeler
Walburga Gmür ... Patientin
Emil Gyr ... Patient
Max Haufler ... Pfleger Weyrauch
Emil Hegetschweiler ... Pfleger Gilgen
Hans Kaes ... Portier Dreyer
Jörn Kübler ... Patient
Olaf Kübler ... Herbert Kaplaun
Max Werner Lenz ... Patient
Adolf Manz ... Georg Caplaun
Viktor May ... Patient
Walter Morath ... Dr. med. Neuveville

Elisabeth Müller ... Schwester Irma Wasem / Sister Irma Wasem
Irene Naef ... Margrit Laduner
Arno Rita ... Patient
Armin Schweizer ... Patient
Johannes Steiner ... Dr. med Ulrich Borstli
Sigfrit Steiner ... Kommissar
Schaggi Streuli ... Nachtwächter

Directed by
Leopold Lindtberg 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Friedrich Glauser  novel
Leopold Lindtberg  writer
Alfred Neumann  writer

Original Music by
Robert Blum 
Cinematography by
Emil Berna 
Film Editing by
Hermann Haller 

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Also Known As:
"Matto regiert" - Switzerland (original title)
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113 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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2 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Unfortunate Metamorphosis of Caligari to Christie, 22 April 2003

This first scenes of this film suggest that the viewer will be taken somewhere between The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. It rapidly descends to Agatha Christie territory-flat, uninspired Agatha at that. On the positive side, the acting and score are solid as is the direction, though the film is very `housebound' with all or most of the scenes indoors (with no remarkable sets). The tone of the movie is bland, including a bit of humor, but really needing some suspense or strong sense of paranoia. There is an attempt to portray mental illness as an entity whose grasp reaches further than the inmates in the asylum depicted here, but the mundane nature of the narrative undercuts this ambition. At best 6/10.

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