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Grabenplatz 17 (1958)


Erich Engels


Erich Engels (screenplay), Wolf Neumeister (collaboration on screenplay) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Kai Fischer ... Stimmungssängerin Isabella
Wolfgang Preiss ... Kriminalkommissar Dr. Jäger
Carl Lange ... Grossunternehmer Harald Flint
Wolfgang Wahl Wolfgang Wahl ... Kriminalsekretär Willy Wagenknecht
Charles Regnier Charles Regnier ... Polizeichemiker Dr. Wagenknecht
Maria Sebaldt ... Ringkämpferin Anni Prasuhn
Maria Litto ... Lily
Carsta Löck ... Frau Quast
Elke Aberle Elke Aberle ... Evchen Flint
Renate Küster Renate Küster ... Erzieherin Karin Drews
Werner Peters ... Buchmacher Eugen Machon
Robert Meyn Robert Meyn ... Kriminalrat Sasse
Franz Schafheitlin Franz Schafheitlin ... Dr. Bühler
Stefan Haar Stefan Haar ... Michael Peters
Ralf Wolter Ralf Wolter ... Ringrichter


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West Germany



Release Date:

17 July 1958 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Gonne strette... tacchi a spillo See more »

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Deutsche Film Hansa See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Although Ingrid van Bergen is mentioned in some official sources as the actress who played Lily here (even the German DVD version does so), this isn't correct. The role was actually played by Maria Litto. See more »


Sag doch bitte Du zu mir
Lyrics by Guenther Schwenn
Music by Heino Gaze
Performed by Kai Fischer with the singing voice of Renée Franke
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To meet again Gert Fröbe
19 November 2009 | by hasoschSee all my reviews

Broadcast in the same year, when Fröbe had his huge success in the Swiss child-serial-killing movie "It happened on broad daylight" (1958), he took over a small roll in "Grabenplatz 17". From now on, this huge and big man was mainly to see in the roles of villains, capital criminals and perverse murderers. These old criminal movies who filled the German 50ies practically alone, alongside with the first Lederhosen- and other sexually intended low-level achievements, were mainly a prolonged strategy to distract people from the still existing burdens of World War II and a strong economic recession before the weather became clearer in the 60ies.

The main purpose of these movies was to entertain, and so they still should be watched. They are neither bad copies from the highly stylized American Film Noirs nor predecessors of the early French New Wave criminal movies by Jean-Pierre Melville. However, for everybody living abroad, movies like "Grabenplatz" 17 bring all those actors and actresses with whom one grew up back into one's living-room. Amongst all the so-so elaborates of the time when life, on both sides of the Ocean, was still a bit easier and even the police smoke and drank wherever they were, "Grabenplatz" 17 had a lucky fate insofar as it was directed by Erich Engels who directed twenty years ago most of the movies of Karl Valentin. I hope that the work of Engels, who is nearly forgotten nowadays, will appear part by part on DVD in the near future.

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