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The Inn on the River (1962)

Das Gasthaus an der Themse (original title)
A serial killer named The Shark is terrorizing London by killing his victims with a speargun and then, dressed in a scruba-diver's wetsuit, using the city's sewer tunnels to make his ... See full summary »

Director:

Alfred Vohrer

Writers:

Edgar Wallace (novel), Harald G. Petersson (screenplay) (as H.G. Petersson) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Joachim Fuchsberger ... Insp. Wade (as Joachim Berger)
Brigitte Grothum ... Leila Smith
Elisabeth Flickenschildt ... Nelly Oaks (as Elisabeth Flick)
Klaus Kinski ... Gregor Gubanow
Eddi Arent ... Barnaby
Richard Münch Richard Münch ... Dr. Collins
Jan Hendriks ... Roger Lane
Heinz Engelmann ... Mr. Broen
Siegfried Schürenberg Siegfried Schürenberg ... Sir John
Hela Gruel Hela Gruel ... Anna Smith
Hans Paetsch ... Rechtsanwalt
Rudolf Fenner Rudolf Fenner ... Big Willy
Manfred Greve Manfred Greve ... Sgt. Frank (as Manfred Grove)
Gertrud Prey Gertrud Prey ... Nurse (as Getrud Prey)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eva Maria Bauer Eva Maria Bauer ... Blondine am Schaufensrer
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Storyline

A serial killer named The Shark is terrorizing London by killing his victims with a speargun and then, dressed in a scruba-diver's wetsuit, using the city's sewer tunnels to make his getaway. Inspector Wade of Scotland Yard is assigned to the case, and he begins to suspect that the Shark is tied in with a smuggling ring the authorities believe is run out of a dive on the Thames waterfront called The Mekka. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Taglines:

So packend - so dramatisch - so spannend - das ist wieder Edgar Wallace Meisterklasse

Genres:

Crime | Drama

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Country:

West Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

28 September 1962 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

The Inn on the River See more »

Filming Locations:

Hamburg, Germany

Company Credits

Production Co:

Rialto Film See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Klangfilm Eurocord-Magnetocord)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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"Gregor Gubanow", played by Klaus Kinski, was actually producer Horst Wendlandt's birth name. See more »

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Edited into Edgar Wallace - Whiteface (2002) See more »

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...besonders in der Nacht
Performed by Elisabeth Flickenschildt
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Excellent Krimi flick
6 July 2009 | by The_VoidSee all my reviews

This is another film made in Germany in the sixties, based on a story by Edgar Wallace, and directed by Alfred Vohrer. It's also one of the best films of its type. The plot is typical of Edgar Wallace; it's wacky and features a plethora of strange and unique characters. As the title suggests, the film makes a river (the Thames, naturally) its central setting and this is very important for the plot as it focuses on a murderer with a strange modus operandi. Scotland Yard have been called in to investigate a series of murders happening on the river - witnesses have reported seeing a man in a wetsuit and all of the victims are found to have been killed by a harpoon - thus leading the murderer to be nicknamed 'The Shark'. Inspector Wade is called in to look into the murders and it soon becomes apparent that they may have something to do with a local smuggling operation. His efforts are concentrated on one family in particular that owns a bar and, allegedly, a large fortune also.

Alfred Vohrer stylishly directs the film, and seems to have a fascination with mirrors - as there's plenty of shots featuring characters' reflections. The plot is well worked and the way that the investigation is presented is interesting; although to be honest I would have proffered to have seen more of The Shark. A murderer swimming around a river and shooting people with a harpoon gun is a fascinating idea, but it's not capitalised upon as much as it could have been. The central cast is good and features many familiar Krimi faces - including Joachim Fuchsberger, Eddi Aren't and Klaus Kinski, who has a small but memorable role as a smuggler. There's plenty of good set pieces to keep the interest up, although the focus of the mystery is not on the identity of The Shark but on the reasons for the killing; meaning the final unveiling of the villain at the end is a bit of a moot point; although it does at least come as a surprise. Overall, this is an excellent Krimi that works in spite of a couple of problems and it will certainly be of interest to fans of the genre.


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