Es geschah am hellichten Tag (It Happened in Broad Daylight)

1958

Es geschah am hellichten Tag (It Happened in Broad Daylight)

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A Swiss-French coproduction, It Happened in Broad Daylight is an austere but shocking story of the hunt for a human monster. A forest community is terrorized by a child murderer, who per the title strikes in broad daylight. Whereas such a criminal might be more easily tracked down in the confines of a big city, the village police are obliged to comb miles and miles of mountains and wooded wilderness. A detective (Heinz Ruhmann) goes undercover to trap the murderer, posing as a workman with a wife (actually a local widow) and child. Veteran French character actor Michel Simon briefly appears as a falsely accused suspect, who commits suicide rather than face the shame of being branded a child killer. Slightly marred by some clumsy plot contrivances and by the rather crude dubbing in the English-language prints, It Happened in Broad Daylight is nonetheless one of the more accomplished European suspensers of the 1950s. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast

Heinz Rühmann
as Inspector Matthäi
Sigfrit Steiner
as Detective Feller
Siegfried Lowitz
as Inspector Henzi
Michel Simon
as Jacquier
Gert Fröbe
as Schrott
Heinrich Gretler
as Chief of Police
Berta Drews
as Mrs. Schrott
Ewald Balser
as Professor Manz
Emil Hegetschweiler
as Gemeindepraesident
Ettore Cella
as Garage Owner
Roger Livesey
as Dr. Manz
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