Ein Fall für zwei - Fuchsjagd
West Germany 1981
Harald Wigankow (executive) for Galmon Film/ZDF
directed by Reinhard Schwabenitzky
starring Günter Strack, Claus Theo Gärtner, Hannelore Cremer, Dietmar Schönherr, Kerstin Löhde, Joachim Wichmann, Henry van Lyck, Albert Kitzl, Michael Gempart, Dirk Galuba, Manfred Bender, Gert Burkard, Karl Heinz Lemmer
written by Plym Pahl, Enno Hollrath, created by Karl Heinz Willschrei, Georg Althammer, title theme by Klaus Doldinger
Ein Fall für zwei/A Case for Two
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Claus Brinkstedt (Dietmar Schönherr), former eventing champion, pays
his friend and lawyer Renz (Günter Strack) a visit telling him he wants
representation as he wants to be divorced from his wife, Angela (Kerstin
Löhde), something she doesn't know about yet, and only learns when Renz
tells her - as a friend, not lawyer. A few days later, Brinkstedt falls
off his horse to his death at a mock fox hunt where rich people pay to
chase the former champion in the role of the fox.
Brinkstedt's life was
insured for a healthy sum of money, and of course the insurance company
doesn't want to pay, so the company's boss Rasch (Joachim Wichmann) hires
private detective Matula (Claus Theo Gärtner) to find evidence that
Brinkstedt actually committed suicide, in which case the company wouldn't
have to pay up. Matula doesn't like the assignment but needs the money, so
he starts to investigate and eventually finds out Brinkstedt wanted to
move to Spain and become a stunt rider. And from a Romanian stunt man
(Albert Kitzl) Brinkstedt has trained with Matula also finds out about an
electronic device that makes horses fall at exactly the right moment.
Matula examines the horse's headgear and indeed finds such an electronic
Renz accompanies Angela to Rasch to insist his company pays out
the insurance, but then Matula, Renz's new friend from episode
1, shows up with the headgear, that doesn't so much suggest
suicide - but murder. And pretty much giving her game away, Angela is
quick to drop her claim for the insurance money ...
simply not one of the better episodes of the series as for one the mystery
is just very far fetched and the big reveal at the end doesn't seem to
have any major consequences, while the whole thing at inappopriate times
leans a little too much towards comedy - which is not that surprising as
director Reinhard Schwabenitzky is more at home in comedy than thriller.
Now weirdly enough, out of nostalgia above are the exact reasons this
episode is rather endearing, it's just objectively not very good, and
frankly it's also rather free of tension and suspense.