The Devil Strikes at Night

The Devil Strikes at Night (German: Nachts, wenn der Teufel kam) is a 1957 West German film directed by Robert Siodmak. It was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film[1] and is based on the true story of Bruno Lüdke.

The Devil Strikes at Night
Original German poster
Directed byRobert Siodmak
Produced byRobert Siodmak
Written by
  • Will Berthold (book)
  • Werner Jörg Lüddecke
Music bySiegfried Franz
CinematographyGeorg Krause
Edited byWalter Boos
Distributed byGloria Film
Release date
  • 1957 (1957)
Running time
97 minutes
CountryWest Germany

It is the story of a serial killer who murders women during the last year or two of World War II. In one of the crimes a man is arrested who is obviously innocent. An investigator who starts to get a thread which leads to the real killer is frustrated by Nazi authorities who feel that revealing the truth will undermine the people's faith in their supposedly infallible system. The detective story gradually becomes a story about the evils of political propaganda and corruption.

The film's sets were designed by the art directors Gottfried Will and Rolf Zehetbauer. Location shooting took place in Berlin and Munich.


See also


  1. "The 30th Academy Awards (1958) Nominees and Winners". Retrieved 2011-10-25.
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