Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Director(s): Fritz Lang
Production: Foremco
  2 wins.
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99 min

Just you wait a little while,

The nasty man in black will come

With his little chopper,

He will chop you up!

You're out

Stop singing that awful song

Don't you hear me?

Always that awful song

Just you wait a little while,

The nasty man in black will come

What's the matter?

l told those kids to stop

singing that awful song

But they keep singing

it over and over

As if we haven't heard

enough of that murderer

Oh, leave them be

lf they're singing, at

least we know they're okay

Yes, l guess you're right


Since June 11, little


his sister KLARA have disappeared

Evidence leads us to believe

the children were victims

of a similar crime

committed last fall

against the DOERlNG sisters

What a pretty ball!

What's your name?

Elsie Beckmann

Did Elsie come with you?

No, she didn't

Thank you

A thrilling new chapter!

Passionate, moving, sensational

Just a moment, Mr. Gehrke

-Tell me, Mr. Gehrke.


Have you seen Elsie?

Didn't she just come up

the stairs?

No, she isn't here yet

She won't be long now.

Good-bye, Mrs. Beckmann

Good-bye, Mr. Gehrke

Extra! Extra! Extra!

New crime!

Who is the murderer?

Because the police have not

published my first letter

l am writing today

directly to the NEWSPAPERS

Continue your investigations

Everything will happen

just as l have told you.

But l have not yet finished

Who is the murderer?

Christ! Here we go again.

lt's horrible

The lettering is too small

We can't read it

Hey, you, read it out loud

-''The unknown murderer''.

-Let him read! Hey! Quiet!

''The terror in our town

has found a new...''

Certain evidence leads us

to believe that the murderer

is the same one who has

already killed eight children

We must remind you again

that a mother's first duty

is to guard her children

from the danger which

always threatens

Also, the danger is often

hidden in some attractive bait

Candy, a toy, and fruit can be

the murderer's weapons

True, true!

Come on! Come on!

Read, read on

Okay, okay. ''The anxiety of

the general public is very high

because the police have not yet

completed their investigations

But the police are faced

with an almost impossible problem.''

''The criminal has left no clue.

Who is the murderer?''

What is he like?

Where is he hiding?

No one knows.

Still, he is one of us

ls it your neighbor?

Yes, that's right

Why look at me when you say that?

-You know very well.

-What do l know very well?

-Think about it.

-What are you saying?

l saw you go up those stairs

behind that little girl

What?! You are crazy,

you dirty swine!

Who's a swine? Me?

Or a man who chases little girls?

You bastard! You swine!


Gentlemen! Gentlemen!

l'll see you in court.

l'll see you in court

Now, now, gentlemen! Calm down!


Trying to ruin my reputation

Slanderer! Terrible man!

The police listen to him!

They're searching my house!

How awful! What a shame!

Searching a man's house

because of an anonymous letter

Mr. Jager, calm down!

We're only doing our job

When we are so upset?

Scared about the children

Look, that's why the police

must follow every clue

Any man in the street

could be the guilty one

Can you please tell me

what time it is?

Yes, my child

Now, my child, go home.

Where do you live?

What's it to you

where the kid lives?

Why were you bothering that kid?

But - but - l did nothing!

What do you want with me?

Just you wait and see

Let me go!

lt's an outrage!

-What's going on?

-lt's an outrage!

What does he want?

Don't get so excited

Punch him in the face!

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Thea von Harbou

Thea Gabriele von Harbou was a German screenwriter, novelist, film director, and actress. She is especially known as the screenwriter of the science fiction film classic Metropolis and the story on which it was based. more…

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