Hopefully, the original, German 89-minute version makes more sense than the condensed U.S. 70-minute release. Basic plot line is about a gang of criminals printing and distributing counterfeit U.S. currency in Berlin after World War 2.
Former guards and goons at the Auschwitz concentration camp, after World War 2, abduct a former Jewish prisoner living in Berlin, who happens to be an engraver.
Somehow, he is forced to produce perfect printing plates for either a U.S. one-dollar or one-hundred dollar bill. That is unclear because both are mentioned. Perhaps it is a translation mistake as this film was originally made in German. While the U.S. dollar was worth a great deal in 1950, I doubt a criminal gang could become rich distributing counterfeit one-dollar bills. And, I doubt anyone in Germany would have accepted a $100 bill.
Meanwhile, an American lawyer attempts to locate the engraver and falls in love with his daughter. The lawyer gets mugged and ends up in an East German sanitarium where for unknown reason he is held prisoner. After escaping he leads the police to the criminals and rescues the daughter who is being held hostage and used as shield by the mastermind. End of story. The story gaps are as big as indicated.
Despite a dismal script, this is an interesting movie because it was shot in Berlin during either 1951 or '52 and the city is still devastated which most people probably do not know or recall. There are many car chase scenes and many locations so this does not have a low-budget look.
The acting is acceptable and the English-language dub is good. But, this is not a tense, crime-drama or thriller despite claims or pretensions. The script besides being pedestrian has too many contrived situations and unexplained actions. Unfortunately, the original, long version is in German.
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