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Adventure in Berlin (1952)

Die Spur führt nach Berlin (original title)
Berlin shortly after World War II. An American lawyer is looking for the missing heir to a large fortune in the bombed-out city. He accidentally gets in the way of an unscrupulous counterfeiting gang and has to fear for his life.

Director:

Frantisek Cáp (as Franz Cap)

Writers:

Artur Brauner (story), Hans Rameau (as Paul H. Rameau)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gordon Howard Gordon Howard ... Ronald Roberts / Claude Norbert in the French version
Irina Garden ... Vera Dornbrink
Kurt Meisel ... Gregor Pratt
Hans Nielsen Hans Nielsen ... Kriminalrat Dr. Wangen
Wolfgang Neuss Wolfgang Neuss ... Martin
Ernst Konstantin Ernst Konstantin ... Major Sirotkin
Barbara Rütting ... Tamara, Dolmetscherin
Paul Bildt Paul Bildt ... Karl Dornbrink
Heinz Engelmann ... Kommissar Max Lüdecke
Heinz Giese Heinz Giese ... Richard Browski
Herbert Kiper Herbert Kiper ... Kommissar Kretschmer
Klaus Miedel Klaus Miedel ... Vernon, Interpol-Delegierter
Werner Schöne Werner Schöne
Rudi Stöhr Rudi Stöhr
Walter Bechmann Walter Bechmann
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Berlin shortly after World War II. An American lawyer is looking for the missing heir to a large fortune in the bombed-out city. He accidentally gets in the way of an unscrupulous counterfeiting gang and has to fear for his life.

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Feature film debut of Horst Buchholz. See more »

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Not a money maker
4 November 2006 | by ejrjrSee all my reviews

Hopefully, the original, German 89-minute version makes more sense than the condensed U.S. 70-minute release. Basic plot line is about a gang of criminals printing and distributing counterfeit U.S. currency in Berlin after World War 2.

Former guards and goons at the Auschwitz concentration camp, after World War 2, abduct a former Jewish prisoner living in Berlin, who happens to be an engraver.

Somehow, he is forced to produce perfect printing plates for either a U.S. one-dollar or one-hundred dollar bill. That is unclear because both are mentioned. Perhaps it is a translation mistake as this film was originally made in German. While the U.S. dollar was worth a great deal in 1950, I doubt a criminal gang could become rich distributing counterfeit one-dollar bills. And, I doubt anyone in Germany would have accepted a $100 bill.

Meanwhile, an American lawyer attempts to locate the engraver and falls in love with his daughter. The lawyer gets mugged and ends up in an East German sanitarium where for unknown reason he is held prisoner. After escaping he leads the police to the criminals and rescues the daughter who is being held hostage and used as shield by the mastermind. End of story. The story gaps are as big as indicated.

Despite a dismal script, this is an interesting movie because it was shot in Berlin during either 1951 or '52 and the city is still devastated which most people probably do not know or recall. There are many car chase scenes and many locations so this does not have a low-budget look.

The acting is acceptable and the English-language dub is good. But, this is not a tense, crime-drama or thriller despite claims or pretensions. The script besides being pedestrian has too many contrived situations and unexplained actions. Unfortunately, the original, long version is in German.


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Country:

West Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

14 February 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Klangfilm)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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