Es geschah am hellichten Tag (1958)

West Germany, Switzerland, Spain,
100m
35mm film, black and white, 1.37:1
mono, German

A West German/Swiss/Spanish borderline horror film directed by Ladislao Vajda.

Premise

When several young are murdered in a remote rural area, officer Matthäi is sent to investigate. He opts to use another child as bait, hoping to draw the killer out into the open.

Credits

Crew
Directed by: Ladislao Vajda
CCC, Chamartín Producciones y Distribuciones, Praesens-Film
Produced by: Lazar Wechsler
Script: Friedrich Dürrenmatt, Hans Jacoby, Ladislao Vajda
Story: Das Versprechen by Friedrich Dürrenmatt
Directors of Photography: Ernst Bolliger, Heinrich Gärtner
Editors: Hermann Haller, Julio Peña
Music: Bruno Canfora
Sound: Kurt Hugentobler
Make-up: Josef Coesfeld, Hans Hügi
Art Director: Max Röthlisberger
Locations: Airport Zürich Kloten, Kanton Zürich, Switzerland; Kanton Graubünden, Switzerland; Kanton St Gallen, Switzerland

Cast
Heinz Rühmann (Oberleutnant Matthäi)
Gert Fröbe (Schrott)
Michel Simon (Jacquier)
Roger Livesey (Professor Manz)
María Rosa Salgado (Mrs Heller)
Albert Lieven (police commissioner)
Emil Hegetschweiler (mayor)
Hans Gaugler (Moser)
Margrit Winter (Mrs Moser)
Berta Drews (Mrs Schrott)
Annemarie Heller (child)
Anita von Ow (child)
Ursula Fehlmann (child)
Barbara Haller (child)
Sigfrit Steiner (Detective Feller)
Siegfried Lowitz (Lt Heinzi)
Heinrich Gretler (polizeikommandant)
Rene Magron
Max Werner Lenz
Ettore Cella (tankstellenbesitzer)

Alternative Titles

Brott på ljusa dagen – Sweden
Ça s'est passé en plein jour – France
El cebo – Spain
It Happened in Broad Daylight – USA
Il mostro di Magendorf – Italy
Rikos keskellä päivää – Finland
Det skete ved højlys dag – Denmark

Remakes
The Cold Light of Day (1996)
Es Geschah am hellichten Tag (1997)
The Pledge (2001)
La promessa (1979)

Extracts included in
Die Tödliche Maria (1993)