Emil goes to Berlin to see his grandma with a large amount of money and is offered sweets by a strange man that make him sleep. He wakes up at his stop with no money, it is up to him and a group of children to save the day.

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Rolf Wenkhaus ...
Käthe Haack ...
Fritz Rasp ...
Grundeis
Rudolf Biebrach ...
Wachtmeister Jeschke
Olga Engl ...
Großmama
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Hans Joachim Schaufuß ...
Gustav mit der Hupe (as Hans Schaufuß)
Hans Richter ...
Fliegender Hirsch
Hans Löhr ...
Ernst-Eberhard Reling ...
Gerold
Waldemar Kupczyk ...
Mittenzwei
Martin Rickelt ...
Bellboy (as Martin Baumann)
Gerhard Dammann
Rudolf Lettinger
Margarete Sachse
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Emil goes to Berlin to see his grandma with a large amount of money and is offered sweets by a strange man that make him sleep. He wakes up at his stop with no money, it is up to him and a group of children to save the day.

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26 December 1931 (Sweden)  »

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Emil and the Detectives  »

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In 1934 Erich Kästner released the sequel to the book "Emil und die Detektive", called "Emil und die drei Zwillinge" (Emil and the three twins), where Emil and some of his friends spend the holiday in the fictitious town Korlsbüttel at the Baltic Sea in the house that was inherited by the Professor. This movie was mentioned there a few times (The Professor wrote Emil: A few months ago, shortly after my heritage the Emil movie was filmed here in Berlin. I saw it. It is a bit strange when a realistic story suddenly becomes a movie. It is very similar but still very, very different). Also Emil and his friends sell tickets for this movie to help the acrobat trio "The three Byrons" (the title's' "three twins") to remain together. And later they even attend the premiere in Korlsbüttel and meet the cast of this movie. See more »

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The man with the stiff hat
10 May 2005 | by (Hannover, Germany) – See all my reviews

After the children's book "Emil und die Detektive" was published in 1928 this first screen version was made in 1931 under the supervision of the author Erich Kästner himself.

The story seems simple: young Emil gets to visit his granny in Berlin and is given 140 marks by his mother for his grandma. On the train to Berlin the 140 marks are stolen by a man with a stiff hat while Emil sleeps. Arriving in Berlin he tries to follow the thief and receives help from a well organized and nice "gang" of Berlin street "detectives" in his age. A happy end seems possible.

While the movie contains a very entertaining story itself, an even more interesting detail of this movie is in its backdrop: an authentic Berlin of 1931 with open cabs, cars driving next to coaches, wide streets with lots of space for cyclists and so on. I always wondered when viewing older city maps what street life was like in the twenties of the last century when the streets were not as crowded as today, when the speed difference between pedestrians, cyclists, cars and coaches was still comparable in human measures.

The camera work, special effects (Emils dream on the train) and movie music are distinctly thirty-ish which made this movie even more interesting to me. All in all a very enjoyable movie for kids and adults alike.


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