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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 Jan Hendriks ... Roger Lane
Heinz Engelmann ... Mr. Broen
Siegfried Schürenberg Siegfried Schürenberg ... Sir John
Hela Gruel Hela Gruel ... Anna Smith
Hans Paetsch 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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So packend - so dramatisch - so spannend - das ist wieder Edgar Wallace Meisterklasse

Genres:

Crime | Drama

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Details

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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Trivia

With approximately 4.000.000 admissions during its official German theatrical run, this is the most successful German Edgar Wallace film out of 37 productions between 1959-72. See more »

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Featured in Klaus Kinski - Ich bin kein Schauspieler (2000) See more »

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...besonders in der Nacht
Performed by Elisabeth Flickenschildt
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My first exposure to Krimis
10 June 2005 | by udar55See all my reviews

This 1962 mystery is the first exposure I've had to the Edgar Wallace krimi adaptations. I enjoyed it quite a bit although the mystery was a bit too convoluted. There is even a "So and so did this because..." explanation towards the end but I still have a few questions. Anyway, the film is about a killer named The Shark who is killing people in London with a speargun. He is able to get away because he dresses in a scuba outfit and uses the city sewer lines to escape. Inspector Wade (Joachim Fuchsberger) of Scotland Yard is on the case.

The film has a lot going for it, especially in the Theremin themed bits involving The Shark. The image of the killer in an all black wetsuit is atmospherically shot and suitably creepy. Dick Maas was definitely impressed by it because he used it to similar effect in the 80s action thriller AMSTERDAMNED. Another plus is a young Klaus Kinski in a major supporting role as sleazy French businessman. On the downside, the film features some awkward comic relief in the form of the bumbling Barnaby character. And, as I mentioned earlier, it does get confusing for a bit. At one point three men in black scuba suits are running around. However, the end revelation of who The Shark is pretty unexpected and director Alfred Vohrer does his best to send you off the track.


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