The Devil Strikes at Night (Nachts, wenn der Teufel kam) (1957)



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Writer/director Robert Siodmak based his German-filmed The Devil Strikes at Night on an actual case. Set during the last months of the Hitler regime, the film concerns a series of rapes and stranglings of young women. Gestapo officer Rossdorf (Hannes Messemer) and non-party member Axel Kersten (Claus Holm) investigate the trail of evidence. They discover that the criminal is Bruno Leudke, a mental defective (played by Mario Adorf). An open-and-shut case...except for the fact that Adorf is a loyal Nazi Party member! The dilemma now is to stem the crime spree without publicizing the embarrassing fact that "Aryan supremacy" is capable of yielding a monster like Adorf. Originally titled Nachts, Wenn der Teufel Kam, The Devil Strikes at Night has also been released as Nazi Terror at Night and Nights When the Devil Came. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Claus Holm
as Axel Kersten
Annemarie Düringer
as Helga Hornung
Mario Adorf
as Bruno Ludke
Monika John
as Lucy Hanson
Werner Peters
as Willi Keun
Peter Carsten
as Mollwitz
Rose Schafer
as Anna Hohmann
Margaret Jahnen
as Frau Weinberger
Carl Lange
as Maj. Wollenberg
Christa Nielsen
as Drunken Guest
Walter Janssen
as Kriminalrat Dr. Boehm
Wilmut Borell
as SS Officer Heinrich
Helmut Brasch
as SS-Truppenfuehrer Scharf
Lucas Amann
as Keun's Lawyer
Ernst F. Furbringer
as Dr. Schleffien
Kaethe Itter
as Portiersfrau
Georg Lehn
as Kriminalassistent Bruehl
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Critic Reviews for The Devil Strikes at Night (Nachts, wenn der Teufel kam)

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (3)

It crouches but -- alas -- never springs.

Mar 25, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Werner Peters enjoyably essays another of his sweaty losers and the depiction of Bruno as a squalid dimwit makes a change from the Hannibal Lecter fantasy of the suave serial-killing mastermind.

Jan 26, 2006 | Full Review…
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This fascinating 1957 film, based on a true story, concerns the hunt for a serial killer by the Nazi regime.

Jan 10, 2004 | Full Review…

Fascinating study of criminal justice in the crumbling Nazi empire of 1944.

Mar 3, 2008 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

If Siodmak was less a determinist than Lang, he was also less icy -- he views the fall-guy ordeal of piggy, pathetically lecherous officer Werner Peters with characteristic sympathy.

Mar 3, 2008 | Full Review…

A chilling wartime murder mystery.

Jul 28, 2003 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

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