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The Copper (1958)

Der Greifer (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | 20 March 1958 (West Germany)
German actor Hans Albers shot himself to fame in 1930 with the movie "Der Greifer." Here Albers plays Sgt. Harry Cross. Representing Scotland Yard he mingles with the cream of British ... See full summary »


Eugen York


Curt J. Braun




Cast overview, first billed only:
Hans Albers ... Otto Friedrich Dennert
Hansjörg Felmy ... Harry Dennert
Susanne Cramer ... Ursula Brandt
Horst Frank ... Josef Schmitz
Mady Rahl ... Toni
Werner Peters ... Mücke
Siegfried Lowitz ... Dr. Schreiber
Maria Sebaldt Maria Sebaldt ... Kriminalassistentin Schramm
Ernst Stankovski Ernst Stankovski ... Willy Goede
Agnes Windeck Agnes Windeck ... Mutter Schmitz
Carsta Löck
Fritz Wagner ... Emil
Reinhard Kolldehoff ... Willy
Lia Eibenschütz Lia Eibenschütz ... Frau Mertens
Karl Hellmer Karl Hellmer ... Karl Mertens


German actor Hans Albers shot himself to fame in 1930 with the movie "Der Greifer." Here Albers plays Sgt. Harry Cross. Representing Scotland Yard he mingles with the cream of British society to bring a murderer to justice. Greeting everyone with off-handed cheerfulness, Albers is able to put the culprit "at ease" long enough to tighten the noose. He also wins the girl of his dreams, Dolly Mooreland, fetchingly played by Charlotte Susa. Hans Albers was the single biggest male movie star in Germany between 1930 and 1945 and one of the most popular German actors of the twentieth century. Albers starred in a 1958 remake of the film once again playing the role of the retiring police superintendent.

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Crime | Drama


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West Germany



Release Date:

20 March 1958 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

The Ripper See more »

Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Kurt Ulrich Film GmbH See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Remake of Der Greifer (1930) See more »

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31 October 1999 | by J. SteedSee all my reviews

For Hans Albers the part of the retiring police superintendant is a repeat of the same part he played in the first version in 1930 (!). It seems to me that in this 2nd version Albers is better cast, though I never saw the 1930 version. Albers easily dominates the film and plays his part with a lot of joy and irony. The makers gave him the chance to render a song from his standard repertoire in at the same time the best scene in the film: during the underworld part Albers sings "Beim ersten Mal da tut's noch Weh", the song he sang for the first time in Helmut Käutner's "Grosse Freiheit Nr 7" of 1943. This is also the last film in which Hans Albers had a really good part. After this film came the only passable "Der Mann im Strom" (q.v.) and two others with Albers I would not care to mention.

Though the film can be considered a Hans Albers vehicle in retrospect, York surely did not aim for it. His aim was to make a psychological thriller. As such it is good entertainment, but the psychological element (the women killer who loves his mother too much) is on the simple side to say the least and is also taken to seriously, that is: a bit more tongue-in-cheek would have helped to make it acceptable. There are some big problems with the continuity of the script: at at least two occasions the action jumps without any logic. Watch how the film jumps from the bar to the arrest of Albers; someone forgot to bridge the two scenes.

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