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The Devil Strikes at Night (1957)

Nachts, wenn der Teufel kam (original title)
A serial killer strikes again during WWII in Germany. The wrong man is arrested and a detective hunts down the real killer. But justice in Nazi Germany is not so easily administered.

Director:

Robert Siodmak
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 12 wins. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Claus Holm ... Kriminalkommissar Axel Kersten
Annemarie Düringer ... Helga Hornung
Mario Adorf ... Bruno Luedke
Hannes Messemer ... SS-Gruppenfuehrer Rossdorf
Carl Lange ... Major Thomas Wollenberg
Werner Peters ... Willi Keun
Walter Janssen ... Kriminalrat Boehm
Peter Carsten ... Mollwitz
Wilmut Borell Wilmut Borell ... SS-Sturmfuehrer Heinrich, Rossdorf's aide
Monika John ... Lucy Hansen, Kellnerin
Rose Schäfer Rose Schäfer ... Anna Hohmann
Lukas Ammann Lukas Ammann ... Pflichtverteidiger von Keun
Karl-Heinz Peters Karl-Heinz Peters ... Hauswart
Heinz Beck Heinz Beck ... Revierwachtmeister
Christa Nielsen Christa Nielsen ... Schlampilein
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A serial killer strikes again during WWII in Germany. The wrong man is arrested and a detective hunts down the real killer. But justice in Nazi Germany is not so easily administered.

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MARIO ADORF...Watch him explode...as a shocked nation attempts to bury his hideous secret See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Country:

West Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

19 September 1957 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

The Devil Strikes at Night See more »

Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Divina-Film See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Klangfilm Eurocord)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Official submission of West Germany for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 30th Academy Awards in 1958. See more »

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Twisting in the Wind
3 December 2017 | by joeknockaneSee all my reviews

While these old black and white scenes hold my interest by virtue of their age and the decent cinematography (1 star), the whole effect left me twisting and turning in my seat, wondering how to get through this nauseatingly boring film. The male lead has all the charisma of a used strip of blotting paper, as his efforts to bring justice limp from scene to interminable scene. The female lead was slightly better suited to the task, though the boring and interminable attentions of her (cousin?!) sapped the energy at every turn. Overall, the movie suffers greatly from a lack of pacing and the editor should have wielded his veto blade with a lot more vehemence. The actors, though competent, lacked, in every case, the native ability to grab one's attention. Even the murderer was an unflagging, one-dimensional bore. I can't think of a single device that helped move the plot along. Instead we are left with seemingly endless redundancy without a breath of air.


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