NACHTS, WENN DER TEUFEL KAM (1957)

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Alternative titles

  • The DEVIL STRIKES AT NIGHT Alternative
  • The DEVIL CAME AT NIGHT Alternative
  • WHEN THE DEVIL CAME BY NIGHT Alternative
  • NAZI TERROR AT NIGHT Alternative

Synopsis

Set in Berlin in 1944. Chief Inspector Axel Kersten looks into a series of unsolved murder cases and realises that a serial killer has murdered some eighty women over the past twelve years. The SS become involved in the case, largely motivated by political and propaganda considerations to justify their policy of eradicating those with hereditary diseases. They decide that a criminal called Willi is the culprit, but Axel continues investigating and discovers that the real killer is the mentally-ill Bruno. However, the authorities do not want to know. Willi is convicted on false evidence, Bruno is killed off, and Axel finds himself transferred to the war front.

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