Das Kriminalmuseum

The Crime Museum is the title of a German TV crime series, whose total of 41 episodes were produced 1963-1970 and first aired. The series is considered the first detective series in the evening program of the ZDF, which was only four days in the airing of the first episode on the air. The films were produced by the Intertel Television GmbH, whose Managing Director was until 1968 Helmut Ringelmann. The approximately 60 to 75 minutes long episodes with changing actors based loud guy on real events. The last to successful series, the consequences of which achieved ratings between 45 and 60 percent, was set in 1968 and replaced by the Commissioner. 1969 and 1970 two episodes were still sent outside of the actual series.


The series The Crime Museum consists of self-contained, independent films with resolution of the case in the respective sequence. According Credits are authentic cases with altered personal and place names, which can be clearly oriented towards the produced since 1958 by the NDR series steel mesh. In the first episodes mostly events were portrayed in the " high society ", which was also expressed by good manners and language. Later, the episodes included all segments of the population with a.

The opening credits of the individual episodes begins with a tracking shot through a Criminal Museum, which ends with one of the exhibits, whose story is then told. To this end, a voiceover explains, among other things, that we are dealing with one of those crime museums, to show the young judicial and police officials, as modern criminology brings silent witnesses to talk. The introductory text was spoken by Reinhard Glemnitz and several times changed slightly over time. Unlike steel mesh of the voice-over is limited to the opening credits. From the third episode is in the credits of the note " after falling from a crime story," which in " according to documents from the criminal freely designed " was later changed.

Although the television series until the last was extremely popular and high ratings had reached, they stopped at the end of 1968. The former ZDF program director Joseph Viehöver was later accused to have taken Intertel successful productions such as The Crime Museum or the fifth column from the program to the to assist with his friend Helmut Ringelmann. This 1968 had left the Intertel and founded the Neue Münchner television production, which then Commissioner was tasked with the preparation of the successor series.


In each episode, other investigators are seen, whose work forms the center of the action. Accordingly, these were filled with well-known actors, including Paul Dahlke, René Deltgen, Heinz Engelmann, Alexander Kerst, Kurt Meisel, Günther Neutze, Werner Peters, Günter Pfitzmann, Alfred Schieske, Günther monster, Wolfgang Volz or Heinz Weiss.

Also known actors were required for the presentation of other roles, such as Ivan Desny, Hannelore Elsner, Gustav Fröhlich, Wolfgang Kieling, Paul Klinger, Ruth Maria Kubitschek, Helmuth Lohner, Hubert von Meyerinck, Günther Neutze, Eva Pflug, Wolfgang Preiss, Dunja Rajter, Franz Schafheitlin, Hannelore Schroth, Erik Schumann, Rudolf Schündler, Karel Stepanek, Horst Tappert, Gisela Uhlen, Christian Wolff and Hans - Zesch Ballot. The star-studded guest roles contributed significantly to the success of the series and were later also in The Commissioner, Derrick and Der Alte trademark of productions by Helmut Ringelmann.

Some performers participated in several episodes, with some played both investigators and other roles. Erik Ode, who embodied the investigators in three episodes, convinced as well, according to director Erich Neureuther that you therefore offered him the role of the Commissioner Keller in the series follow the Commissioner. The later participating in the Commissioner - Team Cast Reinhard Glemnitz, Günther Schramm, Emely Reuer and Rosemarie Fendel 've been seen in episodes of the Crime Museum.

In the series also coming actors such as Jürgen Draeger, Horst Janson, Monika Peitsch or Werner Pochath were used, for the crime museum was an important step in his career. Other negative factors repeatedly cast members from the comic role compartment, including Klaus Dahlen, Franz Muxeneder, Kurt Schmidtchen, Walter Sedlmayr and Ralf Wolter.

Production staff

In contrast to the model of steel mesh and the successor series The Commissioner is committed for the Crime Museum several authors that contributed along with many performers at most for a change within the series. A total of nine and thus most screenplays come from Bruno Hampel. The directors most frequently used were Helmuth Ashley (13 episodes ), Wolfgang Becker ( 7 episodes) and Theodor Grädler (4 episodes). In eight episodes Franz Xaver Lederle and Manfred Ensinger served as cameramen. Responsible Designer were mostly Wolf Englert (15 episodes) and Max Mellin (12 episodes ).


The title tune written by the composer Martin Böttcher. At five individual episodes, he composed all the music. For the episode The check was the music - recorded in stereo - in contrast to the other four episodes; the main theme of it was reused in the crime series Pastor Brown, to the Böttcher also contributed the music. The illustration and closing credits to the remaining episodes of the Crime Museum came from the pen of another, some well-known film composers: Horst Dempwolff, Erich Ferstl, Erwin Halletz, Hans Hammer Schmid, Herbert Jarczyk, Roland Kovac, Hans -Martin Majewski, Hermann Thieme and Eugen Thomass.


The series The Crime Museum comprises 41 episodes that were produced 1963-1970. The regular time slot was until 1964 on Thursdays at 21.00 clock, from 1965 on Tuesdays and Fridays from 1966 at 20.00 clock. Thus, ZDF, began for the first time to establish the Friday night as the deadline for TV thrillers. The last episode was aired under the series title The Crime Museum in August 1968. The first broadcast of the 1967 finished episode The trail leads to Amsterdam took place in 1969 under the title accomplices, albeit with a new leader and without reference to the Crime Museum. The shift took place, since the real case was the so-called Dominas Gang 1967 not yet completed.

As 41st and final episode finally applies the television film to ring the bell already for television time from the year 1970. This was produced for The Clothesline The Crime Museum under the working title. The first broadcast was then, however, also without reference to the television series.

It circulated for a long time rumors that it was the pigeons by Gerd Oelschlegel also is a result of the series in the television film first shown in 1969. This could now be disproved, since this is a production of Bavaria Atelier GmbH. The movie is in the bonus material published in 2010 DVD release, which contains all 41 episodes of the Crime Museum.


  • Street Sweeper 21: The Crime Museum (episodes 1 to 16). Studio Hamburg Distribution & Marketing GmbH., 2010.
  • Street Sweeper 22: The Crime Museum (episodes 17 to 29 ). Studio Hamburg Distribution & Marketing GmbH., 2010.
  • Street Sweeper 23: The Crime Museum (episodes 30 to 40, including, "Who rings already to television time," bonus film: " The Pigeon "). Studio Hamburg Distribution & Marketing GmbH., 2010.


  • CDs of film music ( external link )