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Writers:
Bertolt Brecht (story)
Léo Lania (adaptation) ...
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Release Date:
25 February 1932 (Japan) See more »
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Plot:
In London at the turn of the century, the bandit Mack the Knife marries Polly without the knowledge of her father, Peachum, the 'king of the beggars'. See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Rudolf Forster ... Mackie Messer
Carola Neher ... Polly
Reinhold Schünzel ... Tiger-Brown
Fritz Rasp ... Peachum

Valeska Gert ... Mrs. Peachum

Lotte Lenya ... Jenny (as Lotte Lenja)
Hermann Thimig ... The Vicar
Ernst Busch ... The Street Singer
Vladimir Sokoloff ... Smith, the Jailer (as Wladimir Sokolow)

Paul Kemp ... Mackie Messer's Gang Member
Gustav Püttjer ... Mackie Messer's Gang Member
Oskar Höcker ... Mackie Messer's Gang Member
Krafft-Raschig ... Mackie Messer's Gang Member (as Kraft Raschig)
Herbert Grünbaum ... Filch
Sylvia Torf ... Whorehouse owner
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marcel Merminod ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Georg Wilhelm Pabst  (as G.W. Pabst)
 
Writing credits
Bertolt Brecht (story) (as Brecht)

Léo Lania (adaptation) (as Lania) &
Ladislaus Vajda (adaptation) (as Vajda) &
Béla Balázs (adaptation) (as Balazs)

Produced by
Seymour Nebenzal .... producer (as S. Nebenzahl)
 
Original Music by
Kurt Weill 
 
Cinematography by
Fritz Arno Wagner  (as F.A. Wagner)
 
Art Direction by
Andrej Andrejew 
 
Costume Design by
Max Pretzfelder 
 
Makeup Department
Paul Dannenberg .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Wilhelm Löwenberg .... production manager
Gustav Rathje .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gerbert Rappaport .... assistant director
Marc Sorkin .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Eugen Hrich .... assistant sound
Adolf Jansen .... sound
H. Meller .... assistant sound
Jean Oser .... sound mixer (as Hans Oser)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Baberske .... second camera
Rudolf Brix .... still photographer
Hans G. Casparius .... still photographer
Walter Hrich .... assistant camera
Carl Moeller .... assistant camera
 
Music Department
Theo Mackeben .... musical director
 
Other crew
Guido Bagier .... supervisor: Tobis Filmkunst
Gus Schlesinger .... supervisor: Warner Bros.
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Die 3 Groschen-Oper" - Germany (original title)
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Runtime:
112 min | France:104 min (censored version) | Spain:106 min (DVD edition)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Tobis-Klangfilm)
Certification:
Finland:K-16 (1951) | Finland:(Banned) (1932-1951) | Germany:(Banned) (1934-1945) | USA:Not Rated | West Germany:18 (nf)

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Trivia:
For those who try and translate the title as "The Three Dime Opera" or the "Thirty-Cent Opera," it should be noted that German title "Die 3 Groschen-Opera" translates very well into English as the "Threepenny Opera." 3d (Threepence) in the UK was, in pre-decimal times (pre-1971), the closest equivalent to 3% of a pound. (There were 240 pence in the pound, not 100)See more »
Quotes:
Peachum:You too wish to be part of this splendid occasion. You, poorest of the poor, who'd long ago have perished in the sewers of Turnbridge if I hadn't spent sleepless nights devising a way to wring a few pence out of your poverty. For I've shown that the rich of this world have no qualms about causing misery but can't bear the sight of it...See more »
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Soundtrack:
Die DreigroschenoperSee more »

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22 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
Ensemble genius, 5 January 2005
Author: Daniel Hayes (dphayes@dal.ca) from Halifax, NS

Great musicals always have great people working at every different level in a united way. The script, the songs, the actors, the camera-movements all must stand on their own while contributing to the musical proper. We have classic cases of this where all those involved went their separate ways and were never able to recreate that magic. Instead of this somewhat accidental result, we have here a carefully calculated masterpiece. It was recognised that this was an important social work, and there were a number of things that needed to happen in its execution. They needed Brecht's (a dramatist becoming increasingly fascinated with cinema) cooperation, they got it. They needed a capable expressionistic director, they got it. They needed creative writers to narrow the work down to a typical film length, they got them. They needed strong powerful actors to circumvent any possible lingering sentimentality, they got them as well. This was an age where film was becoming run by the studios, but in creative ways striving to create great art, and we have stunning works like this to prove it.

5 out of 5 - Essential

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