Inquest (1931 German film)

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Directed byRobert Siodmak
Produced byErich Pommer
Written byMax Alsberg (play)
Ernst Hesse (play)
Robert Liebmann
Hans Müller
Robert Siodmak
StarringAlbert Bassermann
Gustav Fröhlich
Hans Brausewetter
CinematographyOtto Baecker
Konstantin Irmen-Tschet
Edited byViktor Gertler
Distributed byUFA
Release date
  • 20 April 1931 (1931-04-20)
Running time
95 minutes

Inquest (German: Voruntersuchung) is a 1931 German crime film directed by Robert Siodmak and starring Albert Bassermann, Gustav Fröhlich and Hans Brausewetter. Along with another film that Siodmak made the same year Storms of Passion, it anticipates the later development of film noir.[1] It was made by German's largest studio Universum Film, with sets designed by art director Erich Kettelhut. Paul Martin, who soon after emerged as a leading director, was assistant director to Siodmak on the film. It was based on a 1927 play of the same title by Max Alsberg and Ernst Hesse. A separate French-language version About an Inquest was also produced.


When a prostitute is murdered in a cheap Berlin boarding house, an investigating judge suspects that the killer is her boyfriend, unaware that his own son and daughter are also mixed up in the case.



  1. ^ Spicer p.281


  • Spicer, Andrew. Historical Dictionary of Film Noir. Scarecrow Press, 2010.

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