Rural Germany, 1922: A skeleton turns up that has been buried for ca. 10 years. When Inspector Bauer starts his inquiries, farmer Emcke confesses a murder. But what is Bauer supposed to do if he doubts a cast-iron confession such as this?



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Petr Vanek ...
Hans Joachim Emcke
Doris Emckeová
Inspector Bauer
Old Emcke
Dagmar Neblechová ...
Gudula Emckeová
Juraj Sajmovic ...
Lt. Hoffman
Sexton Daume
Bohumil Vávra ...
Prof. Mahler
Milos Hlavica ...
Prof. Martin
Adam Machácek ...
Little Hans
Barbora Machácková ...
Little Elsa


1922: In a German village, a (male) skeleton is found that has been illegally hidden in another person's grave. The man has died roughly 10 years ago of unknown causes. When Inspector Bauer starts his inquiries, farmer Hans Emcke offers a confession claiming that he murdered his father. Bauer is faced with differing accounts though, with the villagers certain that Hans Emcke's father has run off to America with his mistress; while Doris, the wife of Hans, claims her late mother-in-law was the killer and Hans is just trying to protect her memory. The courts are happy with the confession, but Bauer is not. Yet, it is out of his hands as all his attempts to get Emcke to withdraw his confession fail. ************************************** In the end, there are some surprising turns of events. And there is some medical expertise given, based on the examination of the skeleton - something rather novel at the time. This TV series always tries to present historical breakthroughs in police ... Written by Scrugulus

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1990 (Czechoslovakia)  »

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One of the earliest roles of German A-lister Katja Riemann (Blood and Chocolate). See more »


This Czech TV show is very good at emulating various times and places in history throughout several centuries and in many different countries.

In this particular episode, they are very successful in emulating 1922 rural Germany, even employing a German actress and adorning the police-office wall with a picture of Germany's first president, Friedrich Ebert.

However, there seems to be a slight spelling error on a mailbox. In the episode it reads "Deutsche Reichpost", while it should have been "Deutsche Reichspost". See more »

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