Sleuth Breaks 4th Wall

(Above: Heino Ferch as ‘Allmen.’ Source: YouTube)

Johann Friedrich von Allmen, played by Heino Ferch, is a sophisticated art thief turned amateur detective in two humorous 90-minute mysteries debuting today on subscription streamer MHz Choice.

Allmen is accompanied on his missions by a trusty valet (Samuel Finzi). He also likes to talk directly to you, the viewer, aka “breaking the fourth wall.”

Allmen: The Secret of the Dragonflies and Allmen: The Pink Diamond, both of which originally ran in Germany in 2017, are based on novels by Swiss author Martin Suter. A third film in the series, Allmen: The Mystery of the Dahlias, is expected to debut in Germany later this year.

MHZ Choice, which specializes in subtitled European dramas, costs $7.99 monthly after a 30-day free trial. But you can get 50% off your first month by using the promo code SPRING19. To subscribe, or for more info, visit

About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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