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Ein Fall für zwei - Das Haus in Frankreich

episode 3

West Germany 1981
produced by
Harald Wigankow (executive) for Galmon Film/ZDF
directed by Hans-Jürgen Tögel
starring Günter Strack, Claus Theo Gärtner, Barbara Rütting, Karl Heinz Vosgerau, Erik Schumann, Gerhard Retschy, Kurt Conradi, Ute Uellmer, Ingeborg Rueppel, Gottfried Herbe, Hanns Franken, Wernher Buck, Jochen Nix, Margit Wolf
written by Karl Heinz Willschrei, created by Karl Heinz Willschrei, Georg Althammer, music by Sam Spence, title theme by Klaus Doldinger

Ein Fall für zwei/A Case for Two

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Lawyer Renz (Günter Strack) receives a visit from an old flame of his, Birgit (Barbara Rütting). Now they've separated 27 years ago but always remained on good terms, and she has since married filthy rich Konrad Weissenborn (Karl Heinz Vosgrau) - and now obviously wants to become independent from him, money-wise, so she asks Renz to descretely sell a mansion in France she has inherited, so she can invest the money in a paint factory. Renz has his doubts about this, but out of friendship he helps her, even when his private eye friend Matula (Claus Theo Gärtner) finds out the company she wants to invest in is facing bankruptcy. Fact is, Birgit knows about this, and so does her partner-in-crime (and also lover as it turns out), Weissenborn's brother Alf (Erik Schumann), but they have some insider information that the company is expecting a big order from the defense department any day now that will easily put them in the black again. So Renz buys some stock in the paint company in Birgit's name - and a few days later the company actually declares bankruptcy, the man who has sold Birgit his share (Gerhard Retschy) has taken off, and the defense department order turns out to be a forgery - and it turns out everything was orchestrated by Weissenborn himself to have his revenge on his wife who has gone behind his back with his own brother - and basically, Renz was on the wrong side of this story, as Weissenborn only tricked those who tried to rob him ...


For the most part, a pretty stale crime story with a lack of narrative tension, this episode is really saved by its third act that turns the whole thing onto its head and actually shows its protagonist on the wrong side of not the law but of what's right, and actually pretty much tricked by both sides. And frankly, this ending would have deserved a better build-up as for the most part this is really suspense-free - to the point where the script really tries to squeeze some suspense into a setpiece (Renz and Matula travelling from Switzerland to Germany with two suitcases full of cash) with rather modest effect. Still, given the series over all, this is one of the more interesting episodes for sure.


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