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It Happened in Broad Daylight

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It Happened in Broad Daylight
Es geschah am hellichten Tag
El cebo
Modern German DVD Cover
Country GER.jpg West Germany
ESP 45-77.jpg Spain
CH.jpg Switzerland
Directed by Ladislao Vajda
Release Date June 9, 1958
Language German
Studio Praesens Film GmbH
Chamartín Producciones
Distributor Deutsche Film Hansa
Main Cast
Character Actor
Oblt. Dr. Hans Matthäi Heinz Rühmann
Lt. Henzi Siegfried Lowitz
Annemarie Heller Anita von Ow
Jacquier Michel Simon
Albert Schrott Gert Fröbe

It Happened in Broad Daylight is a 1958 Swiss-German-Spanish movie directed by Hungarian director Ladislao Vajda. The crime thriller, whose screenplay was written by the Swiss author Friedrich Dürrenmatt (Das Versprechen; The Pledge), tells of the search for a child murderer. The Zurich cantonal policeman Dr Matthäi actually wants to travel to Jordan as an instructor. His latest case is the gruesome murder of little Gritli Moser. In a weak moment, he promises the parents to solve the case and now feels bound to his promise. A suspected murderer is arrested, but Dr. Mathäi does not believe in his guilt. In his desperation, he takes on the girl Annemarie, who looks a lot like Gritli, and uses her as bait to catch the child murderer.

While Heinz Rühmann as the obsessive criminalist not only has sympathetic traits, Gert Fröbe's sensational portrayal of the child murderer recommended him for his later appearance as the villain in the James Bond film Goldfinger.

The following weapons were used in the film It Happened in Broad Daylight:


SIG P210

Swiss cantonal police officers have holstered SIG P210s.

SIG P210 (1950s Manufacture) - 9x19mm
A promotional picture shows a held P210. This is the only time that the pistol is actually seen.
The P74 Pistolentasche holster is carried by the police officer on the right.

Walther PPK

Police detectives Lt. Henzi (Siegfried Lowitz) and Weber (Rene Magron) are armed with Walther PPK pistols at the film's climatic.

Pre-WWII Walther PPK - 7.65x17mm Auto (.32 ACP)
Lt. Henzi runs with his pistol in his hand.
Another blurred view of Weber's pistol.


Double Barreled Shotgun

Two 12 Gauge Double Barreled Shotgun are seen hanging on the wall in the living room of Albert Schrott (Gert Fröbe) and his wife (Berta Drews).

Charles Parker 1878 Side by Side Shotgun - 12 gauge.

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