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Inspector Palmu's Mistake (1960)

Komisario Palmun erehdys (original title)
A closed room mystery begins when an infamous tycoon is found dead in his bath tub. The famous police lieutenant Palmu is summoned to investigate.


Matti Kassila


Matti Kassila (screenplay), Mika Waltari (novel)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Joel Rinne ... Palmu
Elina Pohjanpää ... Irma Vanne
Matti Ranin Matti Ranin ... Toivo
Leo Riuttu Leo Riuttu ... K. V. Laihonen
Leo Jokela ... Kokki
Elina Salo ... Airi Rykämö
Matti Oravisto ... Erik Vaara
Pentti Siimes ... Aimo Rykämö
Saara Ranin Saara Ranin ... Amalia Rygseck
Leevi Kuuranne Leevi Kuuranne ... 'Batler' Veijonen
Jussi Jurkka ... Bruno Rygseck
Aino Mantsas Aino Mantsas ... Alli Rygseck
Arvo Lehesmaa Arvo Lehesmaa ... Gunnar Rygseck
Risto Mäkelä Risto Mäkelä ... Hagert
Toivo Mäkelä ... Pianisti


A closed room mystery begins when an infamous tycoon is found dead in his bath tub. The famous police lieutenant Palmu is summoned to investigate.

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The first mystery of Inspector Palmu
14 December 2011 | by Petey-10See all my reviews

Inspector Palmu gets an assignment to work on the case of a young playboy called Bruno Rygseck.Palmu knows something nobody else seems to know; that it was a murder.Komisario Palmun Erehdys (1960) is a Matti Kassila film.It's based on Mika Waltari's second Palmu novel from 1940.I read it before I watched this on a VHS a little while back.Sure I had seen it before, but these classics you can watch more than once.The cast is really something else.Can't picture anybody else than Joel Rinne portraying Frans J. Palmu.And what about Matti Ranin as Toivo Virta.Or Leo Jokela as Väinö Kokki.Jussi Jurkka plays the part of Bruno Rygseck.Leevi Kuuranne is 'Butler' Veijonen.Saara Ranin portrays Amalia Rygseck.Aino Mantsas is Alli Rygseck.Matti Oravisto plays Erik Vaara.Elina Salo plays Airi Rykämö while Pentti Siimes is her brother Aimo.Elina Pohjanpää plays Irma Vanne's role.Leo Riuttu is Writer K.V. Laihonen.Arvo Lehesmaa is Gunnar Rygseck.Risto Mäkelä plays Hagert.Pentti Irjala plays Doctor Dahlberg.Toivo Mäkelä is Pianist.Leo Lastumäki is seen as Repairman.Rose-Marie Precht, Katriina Rinne and Esko Salminen are seen in the swimming pool.This first Palmu movie doesn't have a reputation of a classic for no reason.We all remember the legendary scene, where Leo Jokela sings.And the whole character of Palmu is legendary.The way he works on the case and solves the crime.Finnish crime comedy doesn't get too much better than this.

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Release Date:

9 September 1960 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

The Rygseck Mystery See more »

Filming Locations:

Eira, Helsinki, Finland See more »

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Production Co:

Suomen Filmiteollisuus See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (AGA Baltic)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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