Synopsis by Hal Erickson
The title of this German crime melodrama, which translates as "The Shot at Dawn," describes the fate of an unfortunate Berlin detective. The fatal shot is the first volley in a series of events leading to the downfall of a clever gang of jewel thieves. The dark denouement is all the more surprising, given the lighthearted atmosphere of the earlier scenes. Prominent among the supporting players is Peter Lorre, who had just skyrocketed to film stardom with M. Schuss im Morgengrauen was filmed simultaneously in a French-language version, Coup de Feu a L'Aube.
bad-guy, bookseller, capture, conflict, criminal, ex-wife, gangster, good-guy, gunfighter, husband, infiltration, inspection, knock-out, loot, motel, opal, partner, police, ring [jewelry], robbery, room, store, villa, wound [injury], battle [war], plans, sharpshooter, weapons