Up 99,739 this week

Emil and the Detectives (1935)

Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.2/10 from 57 users  
Reviews: 2 user

Add a Plot



(adaptation), (dialogue), 3 more credits »
0Check in

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb Picks: February

IMDb's editors share the movies and TV shows they are excited to see in February.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 672 titles
created 30 Apr 2011
a list of 1028 titles
created 02 Oct 2012
a list of 1386 titles
created 10 Jan 2013
a list of 62 titles
created 8 months ago

Related Items

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: Emil and the Detectives (1935)

Emil and the Detectives (1935) on IMDb 7.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Emil and the Detectives.

User Polls

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

All is not really well between the boys of Gymnasium and the boys of the six-form High School: sparks fly when they get within 100m of each other! The continuous feud between the pupils is ... See full summary »

Director: Kurt Hoffmann
Stars: Paul Dahlke, Heliane Bei, Paul Klinger
Adventure | Family | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Director: Gerhard Lamprecht
Stars: Rolf Wenkhaus, Käthe Haack, Fritz Rasp
Family | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Josefin is a six year old girl who lives isolated in the countryside, where her father is a priest. She has no friends until she meets Hugo. He is a carefree boy who rather walk in the ... See full summary »

Director: Kjell Grede
Stars: Fredrik Becklén, Marie Öhman, Beppe Wolgers
Snow Dog (1950)
Adventure | Family | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
Director: Frank McDonald
Stars: Kirby Grant, Chinook, Elena Verdugo
Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Director: Djibril Diop Mambéty
Stars: Lissa Balera, Aminata Fall, Tayerou M'Baye
Short | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Director: Astrid Henning-Jensen
Stars: Lars Henning-Jensen, Lily Broberg


Complete credited cast:
John Williams ...
George Hayes ...
The Man In The Bowler Hat - Sam Pinker
Mary Glynne ...
Clare Greet ...
George Merritt ...
Marion Foster ...
Donald Pittman ...
Robert Rietty ...
Professor (as Bobby Rietti)
John Singer ...


Add Full Plot | Add Synopsis


Adventure | Family





Release Date:

14 April 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Emil  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Run time on the 2013 BFI DVD issue (alongside the 1931 German original) which is apparently restored from the sole surviving copy is only 59 minutes. It is unclear from the DVD booklet account whether this means 12 minutes of footage has been lost or whether the original length was only 59 minutes and therefore a fair bit shorter than the 1931 German original. See more »


(at around 27 mins) "The Man In The Bowler Hat"/Sam Pinker gets in a taxi, and when it drops him off at his hotel, the registration is ALN 287. A couple of minutes later, ALN 287 reappears behind Polly and "The Flying Stag" as they cycle and scoot respectively along the Embankment. See more »


Version of Emil und die Detektive (1931) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Charming children's adventure
7 August 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Emil and the Detectives was first adapted for the screen in Germany in 1931, and was quickly followed in 1935 by this version made in England and then subsequently missing for many years - it eventually turned up in the collection of a film buff in the USA.

The story probably needs no introduction; Emil is sent to London to stay with his grandma and cousin Polly with six pounds in his pocket, by way of the train to Charing Cross. But first he encounters the mysterious and creepy man in the bowler hat, who is up to no good. And in London he seeks the help of a gang of children led by The Organiser and The Professor to right the wrongs.

With John Williams as Emil, Marion Foster as Polly, Bobby Rietti as The Professor, and George Hayes as the OTT villain, this film benefits from good London locations - surprisingly not changed much from 1935 - strong direction from Milton Rosmer, and a good dose of humour.

A little scary for very young audiences, perhaps, but very watchable and nicely restored by the British Film Institute.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Emil and the Detectives (1935) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: