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Director  Ladislao Vajda
Story by  Friedrich Durrenmatt
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Country  Spain Switzerland West Germany
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Genre  Crime, Thriller, Drama
Music director  Bruno Canfora
Language  German
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Writer  Friedrich Durrenmatt, Hans Jacoby, Ladislao Vajda
Release date  1958 (1958)
Initial release  June 9, 1958 (West Germany)
Cast  Heinz Rühmann (Oberleutnant Matthäi), Sigfrit Steiner (Det. Feller), Siegfried Lowitz (Lt. Heinzi), Michel Simon (Jacquier), Heinrich Gretler (Polizeikommandant), Gert Fröbe (Schrott)
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Es geschah am hellichten Tag (English: It Happened in Broad Daylight) is a 1958 Swiss-German-Spanish suspense film directed by Ladislao Vajda. In 1997, it was remade under the same title as a German TV film, directed by Nico Hofmann. There was also a Dutch remake of the film, by Rudolf Van Den Berg, under the title The Cold Light of Day made in 1995.

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The original screenplay was written by Friedrich Dürrenmatt, a Swiss playwright and novelist, and the first incarnation of the film is still acclaimed by critics. Heinz Rühmann and Gert Fröbe both starred in the 1958 movie.

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Plot

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The three films follow the same basic plot, where a senior police detective is detached to investigate the murder of a little girl. As the detective hopes for leads while talking with the mother of the murdered girl, he pledges to find her killer – and so, even after leaving the police force, he embarks upon buying a gasoline shop in the remote area where he hopes to find the criminal, and uses a little girl as bait to attract the killer.

Cast

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  • Heinz Rühmann - Oberleutnant Matthäi
  • Sigfrit Steiner - Det. Feller
  • Siegfried Lowitz - Lt. Heinzi
  • Michel Simon - Jacquier
  • Heinrich Gretler - Polizeikommandant
  • Gert Fröbe - Schrott
  • Berta Drews - Frau Schrott
  • Ewald Balser - Professor Manz
  • Roger Livesey - Professor Manz (voice: English version)
  • María Rosa Salgado - Frau Heller
  • Anita von Ow - Annemarie Heller
  • Barbara Haller - Ursula Fehlmann
  • Emil Hegetschweiler - Gemeindepräsident
  • Production

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    Cinematography took place from 22 February to April 1958 near Zürich and Chur. Interiors were shot at Praesens Atelier and CCC-Studios (Berlin).

    Release

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    The film premiered on 4 July 1958 at the IFF/Berlin. It went on general release on 9 July 1958. In Switzerland it premiered on 12 July 1958 (Rex, Zürich).

    Awards

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    Nominated
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  • 8th Berlin International Film Festival: Golden Bear
  • Alternative versions

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    Friedrich Dürrenmatt had not been happy to see the detective proven successful at the end the story, so he wrote the novel Das Versprechen: Requiem auf den Kriminalroman (The Pledge: Requiem for the Detective Novel) from the previous film script. Das Versprechen differs from Es geschah am hellichten Tag by having the detective fail to identify the killer in the end because of the murderer's death in an auto accident. This failure ultimately leaves the detective a broken and witless old man.

    American director Sean Penn made a fourth movie on the topic, named The Pledge in 2001. Penn's movie incorporates Das Versprechen's darker ending, as preferred by Dürrenmatt.

    References

    It Happened in Broad Daylight Wikipedia
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