Tread Softly (1965 film)

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Tready Softly
Directed byHarald Philipp
Produced byHeinz Willeg
Written byGeorge Hurdalek
StarringGeorge Nader
Horst Frank
Sylvia Pascal
Music byPeter Thomas
CinematographyAlbert Benitz
Edited byKlaus Dudenhöfer
Allianz Filmproduktion
Constantin Film
Distributed byConstantin Film
Release date
6 May 1965
Running time
89 minutes
CountryWest Germany

Tready Softly/The Violin Case Murders (German title:Schüsse aus dem Geigenkasten) is a 1965 German thriller film directed by Fritz Umgelter and starring George Nader, Heinz Weiss and Sylvia Pascal.[1] It is the first in the Jerry Cotton series of films.[2]


A prolific bunch of safe crackers retrieves a great deal of booty. They work all over the USA and kill everybody standing in their way. Once it is brought to the notice of FBI director Mr. High that these crimes are committed by the same gangsters, he doesn't hesitate to assign special agent Jerry Cotton. Pretending to be a criminal himself, special agent Cotton joins the criminal underworld. He demonstrates his toughness by beating up some street fighters in a bar and pretends he wanted to join forces with a gang of equally ruthless characters. After he has managed to infiltrate the targeted gang, he eventually finds himself in a duel with their boss Kilborne.



  • Blake, Matt; Deal, David (2004). The Eurospy Guide. Baltimore: Luminary Press. ISBN 1-887664-52-1.


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