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M - Eine Stadt sucht einen Mörder (original title)
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When the police in a German city are unable to catch a child-murderer, other criminals join in the manhunt.

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Hans Beckert
Ellen Widmann ...
Frau Beckmann
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Elsie Beckmann
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Inspector Karl Lohmann
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Inspector Groeber
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Schränker
Friedrich Gnaß ...
Franz
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The Cheater
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Pickpocket with Six Watches
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Bauernfänger
Rudolf Blümner ...
Beckert's Defender
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Blind Panhandler
Franz Stein ...
Minister
Ernst Stahl-Nachbaur ...
Police Chief
Gerhard Bienert ...
Criminal Secretary
Karl Platen ...
Damowitz
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Bartender
Hertha von Walther ...
Prostitute
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lucie Rhoden ...
Sekretärin im Polizeiarchiv
Carl Balhaus ...
Leeser - the man who marks Hans Beckert (uncredited)
Behal Carrell ...
(uncredited)
Josef Dahmen ...
(uncredited)
J.A. Eckhoff ...
(uncredited)
Else Ehser ...
Woman (uncredited)
Karl Elzer ...
(uncredited)
Ilse Fürstenberg ...
(uncredited)
Anna Goltz ...
Woman (uncredited)
Heinrich Gotho ...
(uncredited)
Heinrich Gretler ...
Man (uncredited)
Günther Hadank ...
(uncredited)
Albert Hoermann ...
(uncredited)
Ellen Isenta ...
Woman (uncredited)
Karl Junge-Swinburne ...
Man (uncredited)
Albert Karchow ...
(uncredited)
Werner Kepich ...
(uncredited)
Hermann Krehan ...
(uncredited)
Kurth Leeser ...
(uncredited)
Rose Lichtenstein ...
(uncredited)
Lotte Loebinger ...
Woman (uncredited)
Sigurd Lohde ...
(uncredited)
Alfred Loretto ...
Man (uncredited)
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Girl in Circle at the Beginning (uncredited)
Paul Mederow ...
(uncredited)
Margarete Melzer ...
(uncredited)
Trude Moos ...
(uncredited)
Hadrian Maria Netto ...
(uncredited)
Günter Neumann ...
Man (uncredited)
Neumann-Schüler ...
Bit Role (uncredited)
Katharina Nied ...
Woman (uncredited)
Maya Norden ...
(uncredited)
Fred Nurney ...
Man (uncredited)
Edgar Pauly ...
Man (uncredited)
Klaus Pohl ...
Witness / One-Eyed Man (uncredited)
Franz Poland ...
(uncredited)
Eduard Rebane ...
Man (uncredited)
Paul Rehkopf ...
(uncredited)
Bertold Reissig ...
Man (uncredited)
Ernst Rhaden ...
Man (uncredited)
Hans Ritter ...
(uncredited)
Max Sablotzki ...
Man (uncredited)
Agnes Schulz-Lichterfeld ...
(uncredited)
Leonard Steckel ...
Man (uncredited)
Wolf Trutz ...
(uncredited)
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(uncredited)
Borwin Walth ...
(uncredited)
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Man (uncredited)
Bruno Ziener ...
(uncredited)

Directed by

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Fritz Lang

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Thea von Harbou ... (script) and
Fritz Lang ... (script)
 
Egon Jacobson ... (article) (uncredited)

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Seymour Nebenzal ... producer (uncredited)

Cinematography by

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Fritz Arno Wagner

Film Editing by

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Paul Falkenberg

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Emil Hasler
Karl Vollbrecht

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Wilhelm Weber ... makeup artist

Production Management

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Ernst Wolff ... production manager
Gustav Rathje ... unit manager (uncredited)

Art Department

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Edgar G. Ulmer ... set designer (uncredited)

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Paul Falkenberg ... sound editor
Adolf Jansen ... sound

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Robert Baberske ... second camera operator
Horst von Harbou ... still photographer
Erwin Hillier ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Károly Vass ... assistant camera (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

In Germany, Hans Beckert is an unknown killer of girls. He whistles Edvard Grieg's 'In The Hall of the Mountain King', from the 'Peer Gynt' Suite I Op. 46 while attracting the little girls for death. The police force pressed by the Minister give its best effort trying unsuccessfully to arrest the serial killer. The organized crime has great losses due to the intense search and siege of the police and decides to chase the murderer, with the support of the beggars association. They catch Hans and briefly judge him. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Taglines IT STAGGERS THE SENSES!...SHOCKS the Imagination - It will leave you Gasping - It is the Sensation of 3 Continents! See more »
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Also Known As
  • M - Mörder unter uns (Germany)
  • Murderers Among Us (United States)
  • M (Japan, English title)
  • M (United States)
  • M le maudit (France)
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  • 117 min
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Trivia Fritz Lang's cruelty to the actors was legendary. Peter Lorre was thrown down the stairs into the cellar over a dozen times. When Lang wanted to hire Lorre for Human Desire (1954) over two decades later, the actor refused. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Jews without Masks (1937). See more »
Soundtracks Le Halle du Roi de la Montagne See more »
Crazy Credits All of the original credits appear only in the beginning with no music. See more »
Quotes Hans Beckert: I can't help what I do! I can't help it, I can't...
Criminal: The old story! We never can help it in court!
Hans Beckert: What do you know about it? Who are you anyway? Who are you? Criminals? Are you proud of yourselves? Proud of breaking safes or cheating at cards? Things you could just as well keep your fingers off. You wouldn't need to do all that if you'd learn a proper trade or if you'd work. If you weren't a bunch of lazy bastards. But I... I can't help myself! I have no control over this, this evil thing inside of me, the fire, the voices, the torment!
Schraenker: Do you mean to say that you have to murder?
Hans Beckert: It's there all the time, driving me out to wander the streets, following me, silently, but I can feel it there. It's me, pursuing myself! I want to escape, to escape from myself! But it's impossible. I can't escape, I have to obey it. I have to run, run... endless streets. I want to escape, to get away! And I'm pursued by ghosts. Ghosts of mothers and of those children... they never leave me. They are always there... always, always, always!, except when I do it, when I... Then I can't remember anything. And afterwards I see those posters and read what I've done, and read, and read... did I do that? But I can't remember anything about it! But who will believe me? Who knows what it's like to be me? How I'm forced to act... how I must, must... don't want to, must! Don't want to, but must! And then a voice screams! I can't bear to hear it! I can't go on! I can't... I can't...
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