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It Happened in Broad Daylight (1958)

Es geschah am hellichten Tag (original title)
Having doubts about the guilt of the obvious suspect in the murder of an eight year old girl, a police detective decides to investigate the case on his own.

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Ladislao Vajda
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Heinz Rühmann ... Oberleutnant Matthäi
Sigfrit Steiner ... Detektiv Feller
Siegfried Lowitz ... Leutnant Henzi
Michel Simon ... Jacquier
Heinrich Gretler Heinrich Gretler ... Polizeikommandant
Gert Fröbe ... Schrott
Berta Drews Berta Drews ... Frau Schrott
Ewald Balser ... Professor Manz
Roger Livesey ... Professor Manz (voice)
María Rosa Salgado ... Frau Heller
Anita von Ow Anita von Ow ... Annemarie Heller
Barbara Haller Barbara Haller ... Ursula Fehlmann
Emil Hegetschweiler Emil Hegetschweiler ... Gemeindepräsident
Rene Magron Rene Magron ... Polizeibeamter Weber
Max Werner Lenz Max Werner Lenz ... Gritli Moser's Teacher
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Several young girls were killed. Policeman Matthaei travels to the region where it happened and searches a child that looks similar to the ones that were murdered. He finds one and stays with her and her mother, not telling them that he is waiting for the killer to start his bloody work one more time ... Written by Wolfgang Klimt <wolfii@leo.org>

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Prepare Yourself For a Most Unusual and Disquieting Tale of Suspense!

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Crime | Thriller | Drama

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Language:

German | Italian

Release Date:

9 July 1958 (West Germany) See more »

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It Happened in Broad Daylight See more »

Filming Locations:

CCC-Atelier, Berlin, Germany See more »

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Gert Fröbe's performance in this film prompted Harry Saltzman and Albert R. Broccoli to cast Fröbe as Auric Goldfinger in the James Bond film Goldfinger (1964). See more »

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Version of Es geschah am hellichten Tag (1997) See more »

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For Hitchcock fan here is an undiscovered masterpiece reminiscent of his best works.
23 September 2006 | by kelly-martinoSee all my reviews

Truly one of the superlative thriller/mystery films of all time. I saw it in the original German on Austria TV and it is still gripping. I thought it is so Hitchcockian then I realized the musical technique--the sudden loud shrieks in the orchestra--at the moment of contact with the killer, his house and the car. This is Psycho. The film mood and pace is Psycho. Then again, I realized the film and the Broadway play which received Tony nomination were both celebrated shortly before Psycho was made. Could it be that Hitch made the perfect horror film as a paean to this great masterpiece. One of the few films of the genre I will set next to Hitchcock and it does indeed hold its place superbly. Can any compliment be higher. If you love Hitchcock as I do, you must get the film--the original German print of 1958 not the TV version and not the American remake with Nicholson, as fine as it is. If you understand German watch it first that way. Unforgettable.


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