Interpol | Der Mann, den keiner kannte

UCM.ONE launches the new series “Édition Film Noir” with the movie “Interpol” (German title: Der Mann, den keiner kannte“). The film, which now appears for the first time as a DVD in Germany in the unabridged theatrical version in the original CinemaScope widescreen format, is also known under the English title “Pickup Alley” and has been elaborately used in original locations in Lisbon, Genoa, New York, Filmed Rome, Paris, Madrid, Athens and London. As actors are u.a. with: Victor Mature (“Samson and Delilah“), Trevor Howard (“The Third Man“) and Anita Ekberg (“The Sweet Life“). While Trevor Howard was one of the most prominent English-speaking character actors for decades, the former Miss Sweden Anita Ekberg was considered a sex symbol of the 1950s.


Interpol Commissioner Charles Sturgis (Victor Mature) persistently chases the drug dealer Frank McNally (Trevor Howard), who has been searching for years. McNally, who also has his hunter’s sister on his conscience, has gone into a facial surgery. But at the latest after the death of his sister Helen (Dorothy Alison) in New York, the professional investigation has become something personal. Sturgis is obsessed with McNally and so his private vendetta drives him from New York via London, Rome and Athens back to the US.

About John Gilling:

Born in London on May 29, 1912, scriptwriter and director John Gilling worked until he was 17 years old in the oil industry, then moved to Hollywood, where he kept afloat with various jobs, some in the film industry. In 1933 he returned to England and two years later began to work as an assistant director. At the beginning of the Second World War, he volunteered for the Royal Navy. Two years after the war, he made his debut as a scriptwriter (“Black Memory” 1947) and a year later as a director on the short film “Escape from Broadmoor” (1948). From then on, his directing work focused on films of crime thrillers, adventure and horror genre, with Gilling often also took over the screenplay and many of his productions rather had to do with low budgets. In the mid-1950s, Gilling was screenplayed and directed by Warwick Films, including director of the British Noir “Interpol“. It followed with “The Doctor and the Devil” (1960), a film by Triad Pictures, which is considered the best film of his career. A year later, Gilling founded his own production company and turned the smuggling adventure “The Bay of Smugglers” in the same year. In the early 1960s, he also signed a contract with the London-based Hammer Film Productions, where he shot another of his most successful films. His zombie film “The Nights of Horror” was well received not only by the audience, he also had a formative influence on the entire zombie horror genre. By 1966, Gilling had been making horror and adventure films for Hammer Productions, giving British TV a flying visit and eventually moving to Spain, where he retired in the early 1970s. He died on November 22, 1984 in Madrid. He was 72 years old.

About Victor Mature:

Victor John Mature was born on January 29, 1913 in Louisville, Kentucky, the son of blacksmith Marcello Gelindo Maturi. He went to the Pasadena Community Playhouse, where he learned and practiced acting. Finally, in September 1939, he was discovered there by an agent of the producer Hal Roach. Roach, who had made Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy famous, let Mature sign a seven-year contract and so in 1939 he first appeared in “Call me Hilda“. The “handsome Tarzan-type”, as he was called by the audience, got his first starring role from Roach immediately afterwards and had to deal with dinosaurs as a caveman in “Tumak, the master of the jungle“. The film was successful and consolidated Mature’s image as “little Johnny Weissmuller”. This was followed by several productions for Hal Roach, RKO Radio Pictures as well as with “Retreat to Pleasure” and “Lady in the Dark” some trips to the theater stage. After his time at the theater, he returned to the camera and was supposed to film “Bowery Nightingale” with Alice Faye for 20th Century Fox – Hal Roach had sold half of his contract to Fox. The film was never shot. Instead, he starred alongside Betty Grable, who had replaced Alice Faye, 1941 in the thriller “I wake up Screaming“, which is considered the early milestone of the Film Noir, the sports promoter Frankie Christopher.

In 1941, Mature wanted to volunteer for the Navy and go to war, but since he was color blind, he was rejected and reported instead to the US Coast Guard. After the war, he continued his film career and embodied above all the Muskellösen history and monumental film heroes, especially his main role in “Samson and Delilah” from 1949 his career gave a huge boost. With well over 30 films, the 1950s became his most productive decade, and again and again he took on the role of daring heroes. In the early 1960s, he said farewell to the big screen. On August 4, 1999, Victor Mature died of leukemia at the age of 86. A star on the Walk of Fame bears his name.

Original title: Interpol

Director: John Gilling

Screenplay: John Paxton

Book A.J. Forrest

Actors & actresses: Victor Mature, Anita Ekberg, Trevor Howard, Bonar Colleano, Dorothy Alison, André Morell, Martin Benson, Eric Pohlmann, Peter Illing, Sydney Tafler, Lionel Murton, Danny Green, Alec Mango, Sidney James, Marne Maitland, Harold Kasket, Van Boolen, Brian Nissen, Peter Elliott, Yana (Singer), Charles Lloyd Pack, Al Mulock, Alfred Burke, Maurice Browning, Cyril Shaps, Paul Stassino, Gaylord Cavallaro, Brian Wilde, Russell Waters, Richard Molinas, Wolfe Morris, Pauline Chamberlain, Umberto Fiz, Anthony John, Betty McDowall, Anthony Richmond, Alfredo Rizzo, Yvonne Romain, Kevin Stoney

Producer:  Irving Allen, Albert R. Broccoli, Phil C. Samuel

Cinematography: Ted Moore

Technical departement: Harold Haysom, Skeets Kelly

Sound: Norman Coggs, Don Saunders, Len Shilton

Editing: Richard Best

Costumes: Elsa Fennell

Music: Richard Rodney Bennett


Production company: Warwick Film Productions

Year of production: 1957

Genre: Drama, Film Noir

Country: United Kingdom, USA

Language: Englich

Synchronisation: German


Lenght: 92 Min

Rating: FSK 16

Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1

Sound Mix: Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Colour: Schwarz-Weiss

Resolution: SD

Other titles:

English (USA): Pickup Alley

English (working title): Half Past Hell, The Most Wanted Woman

German: Der Mann, den keiner kannte

French: Police internationale

Spanish: Policía internacional

Filmlabel: Artkeim²


Premiere: April 02, 1957 (London)

Kinostart: August 13, 1957

DVD-Start: September 13, 2019 (Germany)

About Anita Ekberg:

Actress, fashion model, sex symbol of the 1950s: Kerstin Anita Marianne Ekberg was born in Malmö on September 29, 1931, as the sixth of eight siblings. Even as a teenager, she started working as a model and in 1950, at the urging of her mother, participated in the “Miss Malmö” election, winning and later being named “Miss Sweden“. Her way led her in 1951 further into the United States. Here, she first caused a sensation as a racy pin-up and repeatedly appeared in the tabloids due to various flirtations with big stars – including Frank Sinatra and Yul Brynner. In addition, she took part in the election to the “Miss Universe”, which she just narrowly lost. However, her participation brought her her first film contract as a young actress at Universal Studios, where she celebrated in 1953 in “Abbott and Costello Go to Mars” a first success. Only two years later, she starred in “The Yellow Stream” alongside John Wayne and won the Golden GlobeBest Newcomer“. She then went to Warwick Films, where she played alongside Victor Mature in “Zarak” (1956). With him, she stood in front of the camera again for Warwick in 1957: In John Gilling‘s “Interpol“, she played Gina Broger.

The 1960s began her with one of the highlights of her career when she starred alongside Marcello Mastroianni in Federico Fellini’s “La Dolce Vita“. Later, in 1963, she starred alongside Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Ursula Andress in Robert Aldrich’s Westcomedy “Four for Texas“, a clumsy satire that, according to “Cinema”, is solely caused by “sex bombs Anita Ekberg and Ursula Andress …”. Although quite successful, the comedy marked the gradual end of her career. Although she could be seen in over a dozen film and TV roles up to and including 2002, these were barely worth mentioning. Anita Ekberg died on 11 January 2015 at the age of 83 years in Rocco di Papa.

Film Noir – Light and Shadow and Smoke:

The French film critic Nino Frank mentioned for the first time the term “Film Noir” to describe a series of Hollywood films of the early 1940s, which in his opinion, a darker variety of crime film embodied. To this day, the exact definition of disagreement and the question of whether the film noir is now a stylistic device or its own sub-genre, perhaps the thriller, remains unanswered. On the one hand, an attempt is made to capture the whole thing in time and the era of Film Noir ranges from 1941 with “The Trace of the Falcon” to 1958 with “In the sign of evil“. Even stylistic elements such as strong light-dark contrasts are used as a criterion for definition.

Director and film critic Paul Schrader, for example, divides the classic Film Noir into three temporal periods: These begin with the so-called “wartime period”, those films of the time of the Second World War, which were written between 1941 and 1946. Here the well-known and romantically somewhat transfigured image of the lonely private snooping man who sits alone in his smoky office and through whose door a mysterious client steps. Schrader calls the second phase the “post-war realistic period”, the period of realism after the war. It extends to 1949 and deals more with the reality of crime, as it occurs on the street, with corruption and the everyday life of the investigative authorities. The third and final period – which dates from about 1949 to 1953 – is called Schrader “period of psychotic action and suicidal impulse”,  which is characterized by disturbed personalities and self-destructive actions.

Trailer (German)

Press Reviews & Quotes

“Trevor Howard is an unscrupulous drug mogul thanks to his acting a character, as he is rare even in the film Noir.” (Der Film Noir)

“Film Noir Krimi impressed by the dominant presence and character of Trevor Howard.” (DW Reviews)

“Adventurous, routinely photographed suspense entertainment.” (Dictionary of International Film)

“Trevor Howard rests as a simple drug boss and cynical grin on his difficult character roles. The audience sees some secrets at the end between New York, Athens, Rome and London solved by the Interpol, But the deepest mystery remains: the world fame of the thriving dilettante Anita Ekberg.” (Der Spiegel)

“The first 15 minutes in New York are brilliant and an excellent introduction to a film noir story, which brings two noteworthy actors and interesting role characters on the tableau.” (Der Film Noir)

Equipment and technical data of the Mediabook

Film in the original CinemaScope widescreen format, 16-page booklet, artwork gallery, original trailer with preface by Congressman Hale Boggs | Aspect ratio: widescreen 2.35: 1 (anamorphic), black and white film | Running time: 88 min | Sound format: German DD 2.0, English DD 2.0 | FSK 16 | Édition Film Noir Nº 1


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