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Cast overview, first billed only:
Friseur Felix Rabe
Trödler Alois Hofbauer
Lilly Walter
Oberschwester im Weisenhaus
Clementia Egies ...
Freundin (as Menta Egies)
Karl Skraup ...
Maria Waldner ...
Frau Eberhardt
Rudolf Carl ...
Portier von der Lerchengasse
Walter Huber ...
Alter Mann
Pepi Glöckner-Kramer ...
Alte Frau
Wilhelm Tauchen ...
Sohn Fritz
Hans Unterkircher ...
Karl Günther ...


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18 October 1938 (Germany)  »

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13 sillas  »

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Because Ilja Ilf, one of the authors of the original novel, was a Jew, the authors Ilf and Petrov as well as their novel "Twelve Chairs" are not getting credits in the German original version of the movie, since the movie was filmed in the Third Reich. See more »


Version of 12 stulyev (1966) See more »

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Friendship is worth more than money
7 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Heinz Ruhmann and Hans Moser are paired once again in a light hearted comedy. A poor barber with dreams of perfecting an invention that restores hair growth and a thrift store owner unite in a quest of finding a fortune hidden in the upholstery of an old chair. To make the task more interesting (not to mention amusing), there is a set of 13 chairs, only one of which holds the cash prize.

As the two desperately follow the trail of the chairs (each, of course, had already been sold to different buyers), each retrieved chair is immediately "searched" for the stashed money, and each time there is nothing. The considerable expenses of this undertaking are paid by the store owner, while his demands for a share of the eventual profits grow higher.

The ending may be somewhat predictable, but the "bonus" is an uplifting testimony to the value of friendship and honor. There are things in life money won't buy.

Reminiscent of the legendary Laurel & Hardy films, "13 Stuhle" is made from an old "formula" creating laughter from slapstick and mistaken identity, adding occasional sentimental moments, resulting in a simple delight we can still enjoy on a Sunday afternoon on television...some 70 years later.

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