Der Mörderclub von Brooklyn
Murderers Club of Brooklyn
De Moordemaarsclub van Brooklyn
West Germany 1967
Heinz Willeg (executive) for Allianz Filmproduktion, Constantin Film
directed by Werner Jacobs
starring George Nader, Heinz Weiss, Helmut Förnbacher, Karel Stepanek, Helga Anders, Helmut Kircher, Heinz Reincke, Helmuth Rudolph, Dagmar Lassander, Wolfgang Weiser, Slobodan Dimitrijevic, Franziska Bronnen, Richard Münch, Wolfgang Spier, Paul Muller, Rudi Schmitt, Ira Hagen, Horst Michael Neutze, Reiner Brönneke, Peter Lehmbrock
screenplay by Herbert Reinecker (as Alex Berg), dialogue by Manfred R.Köhler, based on characters from the magazine series G-Man Jerry Cotton published by Bastei, music by Peter Thomas
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Banker Dyers (Karel Stepanek) and businessmen Cormick (Rudi Schmitt)
and Johnson (Helmuth Rudolph) are blackmailed into paying 1 million
Dollars, otherwise their respective sons or daughters will be kidnapped.
Dyers however decides to turn to the FBI and its top agents Jerry Cotton
(George Nader) and Phil Dekker (Heinz Weiss) - but despite the fact that
Dyers' daughter Jean (Dagmar Lassander) is guarded by the police pretty
much round the clock, she simply disappears from her own room and a few
days later turns up dead. So when the kids of Cormick and Johnson
disappear - and Phil Dekker with them -, they pay the kidnappers' demands
- but that doesn't keep Jerry Cotton to be hot on the case, not in the
least to save his best friend Phil.
Many chases, fistfights and shootouts later, after an investigation
that led Jerry to the Salvation Army (!) and to Johnson's PR-man Long
(Wolfgang Weiser) and forced him to fake his own death (though it eludes
me exactly why), Jerry's trail leads him, of all people, to banker Dyers,
as he has found out that dead Jean was only the banker's stepdaughter and
heir to the family fortune, and above all that, he profited from the loans
his friends had to get from his bank to pay up the ransom money. Plus, the
only one who could have abducted Jean from her room and killed her right
under the noses of the police was Dyers' son Brian (Helmut Förnbacher),
who was in cahoots with his father ...
It all ends in another carchase when Brian takes off in a truck with
Phil in the back, but Jerry and his secretary Susie (Franziska Bronnen)
are in hot pursuit and ultimately save the day ...
Herbert Reinecker, who wrote this film, was one of the most prolific
German screenwriters of crimemovies and -television of his time - but
unfortunately he wasn't all that good a writer: His scripts were always
full of far-fetched plottwists, way too surprising revelations and
illogical conclusions to really work. On a good day, this could result in
a thriller that's highly enjoyable for exactly these reasons.
Unfortunately, he didn't write Der Mörderclub von Brooklyn on one
of his better days, the plot is way too convoluted to stay believable,
with way too many characters built up as suspects only to after a time
being tossed away again, and with a rather unlikely solution at the end.
Having said that, it's not that the film is a total desaster - it's
just not one of the better Jerry Cotton films.