Madness Rules

Madness Rules (German: Matto regiert) is a 1947 Swiss crime film directed by Leopold Lindtberg and starring Heinrich Gretler, Heinz Woester and Elisabeth Müller.[1] It is based on the 1936 novel of the same name by Friedrich Glauser. Lead actor Gretler reprised his role of the policeman Jakob Studer from the 1939 film Constable Studer, also adapted from a Glauser novel.

Madness Rules
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Heinrich Gretler (left) as Constable Studer
Directed byLeopold Lindtberg
Written by
CinematographyEmil Berna
Edited byHermann Haller
Music byRobert Blum
Distributed byPraesens-Film
Release date
17 April 1947
Running time
113 minutes
LanguageSwiss German


The film was shot between December 1946 and March 1947 at the Bellerive and Rosenhof Studios in Zurich with some location shooting around Königsfelden. The film cost around 395,000 Swiss Francs.


The police investigate the murder of the head of a mental hospital who had recently been in dispute with his colleague over their treatment of a young patient.



  1. ^ Fritsche p.31


  • Fritsche, Maria. Homemade Men in Postwar Austrian Cinema: Nationhood, Genre and Masculinity. Berghahn Books, 2013.

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