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Derrick - Besuch aus New York

episode 60

West Germany 1979
produced by
Claus Legal, Helmut Ringelmann, Gustl Gotzler (executive) for Telenova/ZDF
directed by Helmuth Ashley
starring Horst Tappert, Fritz Wepper, Willy Schäfer, Léonie Thelen, Bruno W. Pantel, Grete Zimmer, Volker Eckstein, Brad Harris, Til Erwig, Thomas Astan, Wolfgang Köpke, Günther Heinlein, Maria Litto, Hertha Barian, Ralph Martens
written by Herbert Reinecker, music by Roland Kovac, title theme by Les Humphries

Derrick, Harry Klein

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Anna (Léonie Thelen) is a dancing teacher, insignificant enough to not have an enemy in the world - and yet an attempt on her is made while riding on the back of her boyfriend's (Wolfgang Köpke) bike, an incident that only leaves her slightly bruised but kills her boyfriend. Derrick (Horst Tappert) and his assistant Harry (Fritz Wepper) investigate and find out several people have made inquiries on her, including a lawyer (Til Erwig), who now informs her she has inherited a vast fortune from her uncle in New York, a crime kingpin she has never even met, but there are believable threats that her life's in danger since her uncle's wife's family want to get their hands on the money as well. And as it is, one of her relatives, Dryer (Brad Harris) is in Munich presently, but when Derrick questions him Dryer claims he's here to protect Anna, not to hurt her, and has even hired a private detective (Thomas Astan) for just that purpose. So all the police can do is for Harry to accompany Anna every time she leaves the house, and while she's in they leave protection to the family she sublets at, the Megassas (Bruno W. Pantel, Grete Zimmer, Volker Eckstein). Only the Megassas don't do that well financially, and eventually they sell her out. Fortunately Derrick and Harry learn about that just in time, save Anna from the hitman (Günther Heinlein) sicced on her, and ultimately arrest Dryer, the man behind it all.


Now it's of course fun to see trash movie icon Brad Harris giving Horst Tappert a run for his money when it comes to wooden acting, but on top of that this episode has little special to offer - in fact the whole premise concerning Anna's inheritance is a plot device used quite a few times too often in (especially) German krimis, while the gangsters from New York angle seems a bit forced. That said the score's fine at least, and the murder scene with a car pretty much chasing down and crashing into a motorbike is well put together. However, as a whole this has little more than nostalgic value.


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