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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Kriminalkommissar Axel Kersten
... Helga Hornung
... Bruno Luedke
... SS-Gruppenfuehrer Rossdorf
Carl Lange ... Major Thomas Wollenberg
... Willi Keun
... Kriminalrat Boehm
... Mollwitz
Wilmut Borell ... SS-Sturmfuehrer Heinrich, Rossdorf's aide
... Lucy Hansen, Kellnerin
Rose Schäfer ... Anna Hohmann
Lukas Ammann ... Pflichtverteidiger von Keun
Karl-Heinz Peters ... Hauswart
Heinz Beck ... Revierwachtmeister
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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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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19 September 1957 (West Germany)  »

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1.66 : 1
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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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Perversion of justice.
27 March 2003 | by See all my reviews

Nachts,wenn der Teufel kam has realistically shown perversion of justice as a convincing argument against nazis.Robert Siodmak has convincingly outlined the historical background to examine one of the most ghastly episodes in German history.He elucidates how Nazi leadership made effectual use of crime,violence and totalitarianism in order to remain in power.Nachts,wenn der Teufel kam appears realistic as a result of nice all-round acting performances by Mario Adorf and Hannes Messemer.The film was a big commercial success as it won numerous prizes including the best direction award at Karlovy Vary.


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