Action star Harry Piel exercised his usual prerogative in Schatten der Unterwelt (Shadows of the Underworld), performing double duty as director. Piel plays a likeable crook who operates a Runyonesque criminal gang right under the nose of criminal commissioner Hans Junkermann. Ultimately, our hero is redeemed by the love of a good woman, played by Piel's real-life wife Dary Holme. The film's random musical highlights occur in a dingy Berlin nightclub that seems to have emerged full-grown from the pen of caricaturist Georg Groscz. Like all of Harry Piel's films, Schatten der Unterwelt proved to be a cash cow at the box office.
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