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Scene of the crime: The bill will be handed in later

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Episode of the series Tatort
Original title The bill will be handed in later
Country of production Germany
Original language German
Production
company
HR
Length 90 minutes
Classification Episode 47 (List)
First broadcast 19. January 1975 on ARD
Staff
Directed by Fritz Umgelter
Script Herbert Lichtenfeld
Production Dieter von Volkmann
Camera Horst Thürling
Cut Birgit Bosboom
Cast
  • Klaus Höhne: Commissioner Konrad
  • Gunther Beth: Rolf, Assistant
  • Herbert Stass: Felix Wuntsch
  • Sabine von Maydell: Elke Wuntsch
  • Udo Vioff: Theo Klein
  • Günter Strack: Nicklisch
  • Heinz Werner Kraehkamp: Hans Nicklisch
  • Günter Spörrle: Schuckert
  • Willi Rose: Mai, prison guard
  • Barbara Schöne: Elli
  • Sky du Mont: Grassitsch
  • Walter Richter: Inspector Trimmel in Hamburg
  • Karl-Heinz von Hassel: Prison doctor
  • Karl-Heinz Merz: Itze
  • Filippo: Type
  • Heinz Weiss: Head of JVA
  • Sophie Engelke
  • Gaby Reichardt
  • Claus Berlinghof
  • Werner Berndt
  • Michael Brennicke
  • Walter Dennechaud
  • Volker Eckstein
  • Theo Ennisch
  • Werner Hummel
  • Justus Irwahn
  • Harry Kalenberg
  • Claus-Dieter Reents
  • Erwin Scherschel
  • Peter Schmitz

Die Rechnung wird nachgereicht is a television film from the ARD television crime series Tatort. The film was produced by HR and first broadcast on 19 January 1975. It is the 47th episode of the Tatort series and the fifth case for Inspector Konrad (Klaus Höhne), who is assisted by his assistant Rolf. Konrad and Rolf are investigating a money heist eight years in the past, in which the loot had not been found at the time. It is one of the few crime scene episodes without corpses.

Storyline

The gangster Felix Wuntsch, who eight years ago together with his accomplice Fritzsche carried out a successful money robbery with a loot of 1.2 million German marks, was arrested shortly after the crime and has since been serving his prison sentence. His accomplice Fritsche was shot dead at the time, the loot remained missing. Wuntsch has changed his life in prison for the better, painting and keeping a hamster, but has only a few weeks to live after his cancer diagnosis. Wuntsch’s health means he could apply for clemency, which would have a good chance of success, but he prefers to spend his remaining time in the cell painting. Inspector Konrad, who had handled the robbery at the time, talks to the prison warden, hoping that Wuntsch will lead him to the loot after all. Konrad sends Schuckert, a small-time crook, after Wuntsch to get the money’s hiding place in exchange for a 5% commission from the insurance company. Konrad also tries again to find out the hiding place directly from Wuntsch, but Wuntsch is clueless, the money was hidden by his accomplice without telling him where it was. Meanwhile, Inspector Trimmel in Hamburg has checked on Wuntsch’s ex-wife, who now lives in the Hanseatic city. He thinks it impossible that she has the money from the robbery.

Wuntsch slips his fellow inmate Theo Klein, who has never been keen on his money and will soon be released, a piece of paper with addresses that he is supposed to learn by heart. In return, he promises him a share of the loot. Reluctantly, Klein goes along. Meanwhile, Wuntsch misleads his cellmate Schuckert because he suspects that the latter is supposed to sound him out. Konrad suspects that Wuntsch is trying to throw him off the scent, but nevertheless lets his assistant follow the trail. Meanwhile, Klein, who has just been released, discovers that a weekend cottage has been built on the spot Wuntsch told him was where the money was hidden. During another visit by Konrad to Wuntsch, the latter suggests that he has fooled the police. Konrad suggests to him that his daughter would receive the insurance premium if Wuntsch would reveal the hiding place of the money. But Wuntsch doesn’t go for it and pretends to be clueless. Klein pretends to be a prospective buyer of the weekend house in order to get information about the owner and the builder. In the process, he learns that the builder Nicklisch built the houses; he was on the verge of bankruptcy and quickly came into money after building the weekend houses. Jörg, who works in the prison laundry, gets a tip from one of the prisoners that Elke Wuntsch knows where the money is. He goes to the gangster Grassitsch and makes a deal with him that he will collect the money. From then on, Elke is shadowed by gangsters and eventually kidnapped.

In the meantime, Klein seeks out Nicklisch, but is rudely sent away by him without being able to present his request. He calls Nicklisch anonymously and demands the money “back” that made Nicklisch suddenly rich. Nicklisch agrees to a meeting. Elke, who has been released in the meantime, goes to see her father and tells him that he urgently needs to tell Jörg from the prison laundry where the money is, otherwise the gangsters will kill her. He advises her to go away for a few days. Klein seeks out Nicklisch and demands the 1.2 million from him, Nicklisch offers him 100,000 DM, Klein agrees. When Klein has left, Nicklisch talks to his son Hans about the case. He asks his father why he is willing to pay money that he does not have. Nicklisch explains to his son that he knows Klein is talking about money from a robbery eight years ago and that he can now get the money he hasn’t even found yet. Nicklisch had come into his wealth in a different way. Konrad’s assistant Rolf seeks out Wuntsch in his cell. Wuntsch demands police protection for his daughter. Furthermore, he does not reveal the hiding place of the loot, but does tell the police the whereabouts of his daughter. Nicklisch buys back the still vacant weekend house in order to get the money. Elke, meanwhile, receives police protection. She is able to identify Grassitsch as one of the gangsters who threatened her. She tells the police that the man who was supposed to find out where the money was hidden was named Jörg. The name Theo also means something to her; the gangsters commented in her presence that Theo would “be surprised”.

Meanwhile, Grassitsch also shows up at the holiday home with a henchman. Independently of this, Klein observes Nicklisch and his son on the spot, as they appear there to look for the money. However, the two are unable to open the cottage, so they leave again to get the key. Theo then enters the cottage. He had pretended to be a prospective buyer and had therefore been given the key. Theo is watched by Grassitsch and his men as he does so. When Theo comes out of the cottage after a short time, he is pursued by Grassitsch and his men, but is able to shake them off. Konrad and his assistant Rolf go to see Theo’s partner Elli. Elli states that another man had already inquired about Theo, and that Theo had not spent the night at her place out of fear. She also tells Konrad that Theo wanted to borrow DM 4,000 from her and had promised her ten times that amount. Konrad issues an APB for Theo and Grassitsch. Meanwhile, Nicklisch and his son gain entry to the house by breaking down the door. Grassitsch and his men watch the cottage, to which Theo also returns. While Nicklisch and his son spend the night inside, both Theo and Grassitsch keep an eye on the house.

The next morning, the neighbour discovers Theo’s mugshot in the newspaper and remembers that he had asked him about the neighbour’s house. He goes to the police and tells Konrad about his observation. Konrad also learns that 4,000 DM down payment is enough for the weekend cottage, the sum Theo wanted to borrow from Elli. Meanwhile, the Nicklischs are digging in the house for the money when they notice Theo outside the cottage. Theo enters and threatens them both with a gun, announcing that he will stay nearby. Hans becomes nervous, but his father orders him to continue. Konrad and Rolf reach the weekend settlement and order reinforcements. Meanwhile, Grassitsch and his men approach the house, believing Nicklisch and his son have found the money. They ambush the Nicklischs when they come out with a suitcase. In the suitcase, however, there are only tools. At this moment Konrad and other officers arrive and arrest Grassitsch and his henchmen. Konrad shows the Nicklischs a photo of Theo Klein. But they claim never to have seen him before. Konrad suspects that the money is no longer in the house, but that someone already has it. After the officers leave, Theo approaches the house. He has observed how the Nicklischs had hidden the money in the rubble pile and digs it up there. Konrad and Rolf, who had been hiding near the house, confront Theo Klein after he has just dug up some of the money. Klein claims that he did not take the money for himself.

At this moment the Nicklischs return, Konrad hides in the bushes with Klein. The Nicklischs hastily begin to dig up the money, as they now think they have reached their goal. As they stow the money in a sack, Konrad comes out and confiscates the money. Nicklisch tries to talk his way out of it, but Konrad takes him and his son to the station as well. The next day Konrad muses that Theo Klein, who was persuaded by Felix Wuntsch, is going back to prison, while it is not safe with the Nicklischs. He goes to see Wuntsch in prison again. He is feeling a little better again. Konrad asks Wuntsch why he didn’t tell him the hiding place. He answers that he wanted to finish the job. This was not directed against Konrad personally. The two say goodbye. Whether they will see each other again is uncertain, since Felix will probably die soon.

Ratings and special features

This episode achieved a market share of 52.00% when it first aired.[1]

Karl-Heinz von Hassel plays a supporting role as a prison doctor, ten years before his debut as Inspector Brinkmann.

Criticism

The critics of the TV magazine TV-Spielfilm judge this crime scene positively with “Proven experts are at work here”.[2]

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Individual references

  1. The invoice will be submitted later at tatort-fundus.de
  2. Short review on tvspielfilm.de, retrieved 10 December 2014.