Like so many postwar European films, the German City of Torment includes a plot tangent involving the Black Market. Hans Albers plays returning war veteran Hans Richter who has trouble finding work. With nowhere else to turn, Richter gets involved with black market activities. This so disgusts Richter's son, blind ex-soldier Edwin (Paul Edwin Roth), that the boy literally disowns his father. Hans eventually mends his ways, but not before several other devastating setbacks. City of Torment was originally released in Germany in 1947 as Und uber uns der Himmel; at that time, it represented Hans Albers' return to films after a four-year absence.