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When the police in a German city are unable to catch a child-murderer, other criminals join in the manhunt.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Ellen Widmann ...
Inge Landgut ...
Otto Wernicke ...
Theodor Loos ...
Gustaf Gründgens ...
Schränker
Friedrich Gnaß ...
Franz, the burglar
Fritz Odemar ...
The cheater
Paul Kemp ...
Pickpocket with six watches
Theo Lingen ...
Bauernfänger
Rudolf Blümner ...
Beckert's defender
Georg John ...
Blind panhandler
Franz Stein ...
Minister
Ernst Stahl-Nachbaur ...
Police chief
Gerhard Bienert ...
Criminal secretary
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Storyline

In Germany, Hans Beckert is an unknown killer of girls. He whistles Edvard Grieg's 'In The Hall of the Mountain King', from the 'Peer Gynt' Suite I Op. 46 while attracting the little girls for death. The police force pressed by the Minister give its best effort trying unsuccessfully to arrest the serial killer. The organized crime has great losses due to the intense search and siege of the police and decides to chase the murderer, with the support of the beggars association. They catch Hans and briefly judge him. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Release Date:

31 August 1931 (Sweden)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$6,123 (USA) (15 March 2013)

Gross:

$28,877 (USA) (31 May 2013)
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| (2004 Criterion DVD edition) | (2000 restored) | (re-release)

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1.20 : 1
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The film has a very sour vision of contemporary life in Germany. This is probably due to the fact that Fritz Lang - a Jew - was alarmed at the rapid rise of Nazism and that even his wife Thea von Harbou had become a party member. See more »

Quotes

Man in Pub: Hey, it's fatty Lohmann!
Everyone in Pub: [Chanting] Lohmann, Lohmann, Lohmann!
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Crazy Credits

All of the original credits appear only in the beginning with no music. See more »

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Referenced in Embrace (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Le Halle du Roi de la Montagne
in "Peer Gynt Suite No.1, Op.46" (1876)
Written by Edvard Grieg
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You'll Remember This One Forever
16 December 1998 | by (Tulsa, OK, USA) – See all my reviews

This is one of those movies that will stay with you for the rest of your life. The characters are ugly and disturbing, there is nothing "cute" in this movie.

There are constant parallelisms drawn between the police and the underworld and the common way in which they operate.

We also get to journey into the mind of the madman. If you enjoyed "Silence of the Lambs", you should see this also.

Of course you must be patient enough to deal with subtitles, and the fact that this is a very old movie - one of the first "talkies". But most viewers will get something out of the dialogue even without knowing the German language.


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