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Writers:
Bertolt Brecht (text by)
Béla Balázs (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 (text by) (as Brecht)

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

Produced by
Seymour Nebenzal .... producer (as S. Nebenzahl)
 
Cinematography by
Fritz Arno Wagner  (as F.A. Wagner)
 
Film Editing by
Jean Oser  (as Hans Oser)
 
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
 
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
Kurt Weill .... music by: "Die Dreigroschenoper"
 
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:
The German title "Die 3 Groschen-Oper" should translate properly into English as "The Three-Dime Opera" or "The 30-Cent Opera", since the Groschen was a coin worth ten Pfennig, and the Pfennig was the equivalent of a penny in pre-Euro currency.See more »
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Soundtrack:
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13 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Pabst's bitter musical, 7 June 2004
Author: didi-5 from United Kingdom

In the last few years before Nazi power overtook the German film industry, Kurt Weill's operetta reached the screen in this effective and well-cast version. Notable for including Lotte Lenya (Weill's wife) as Jenny, it is funny, memorable, imaginatively filmed, and despite the language barrier, does justice to the songs enshrined in popular culture such as ‘Mack the Knife'.

A giant of early European talkies, this musical has much to recommend to a viewer looking at it after seven decades. An adaptation with songs of John Gay's ‘The Beggar's Opera', it deals with the underworld of crooks, moneylenders, and cut-throats.

Chief of note in the varied cast are Rudolf Forster as Mackie, Carola Neher as Polly, Fritz Rasp as Peachum, and Ernst Busch as the Street Singer. This movie is one of bitterness and foreboding, and it is excellent.

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