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Robert Koch, der Bekämpfer des Todes (1939)

The young country doctor Dr. Robert Koch is desperate seeking a cure for a tuberculosis epidemic costing many children in his district life.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Schwester Else
Raimund Schelcher ...
Kochs Assistent Dr. Fritz von Hartwig
Frau Göhrke
Theodor Loos ...
Kochs Assistent Dr. Georg Gaffky
Otto Graf ...
Kochs Assistent Dr. Friedrich Löffler
Hildegard Grethe ...
Josef Sieber ...
Waldhüter Göhrke
Peter Elsholtz ...
Virchows Sekretär Dr. Karl Wetzel
Baronin von Kossin
Bernhard Minetti ...
Sprecher der Gesundbeter
Paul Bildt ...
Reichstagsabgeordneter Baron von Kossin
Rolf Prasch ...


The young country doctor Dr. Robert Koch is desperate seeking a cure for a tuberculosis epidemic costing many children in his district life.

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24 November 1939 (USA)  »

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A great German classic
25 February 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

You American broadcast classic film channels,always over repeat the Blue angels and praise Emil Jannings for his performance,yet they refuse to explore Emile's German works,just to punish him, as well as not to offend the Jewish and families of world war two veterans audience , cause that classic broadcasting channel is hypocritically politically correct against his German films after the blue angels.Yet they will show our own hate classic birth of a nation.Double standard.Emile performance as doctor Koch is excellent,In spite of Hitler's attitudes against the sick and disabled, Koch is almost portrayed accurately,the real on was married twice.Emile version is mainly one wife,played by Hildegarde Emmy , both old enough to be grand parents, and yet has a daughter ,young enough to be his Granddaughter, could not get her name.Viktoria Von Ballasko , portrays his faithful nurse,sister Else.Right out of graduation ,Robert has an assistant, D.r. Firtz Von Hartwig ,portrayed by Raimund Schelscher, in which later both Else and him would develop a Romantic interest in each other , Joseph Sieber and Hilda Korber portray the victims of their daughter dying of polio Ironically there is a Christian church sequence,in spite of the fact it was outlawed in the real world .Where all the church goers get mad a t Koch to think he's killing their children. One of the local school teachers,played by Paul Dahlke, is one of his enemies who tries to petition him out of Roberts practice .There's a funny sequence where the wife of the Baron,portrayed by Elizabeth Flickschilt, has the hots for Koch and tire to get him to examine her,surprising her with a bucket of freezing cold water,at her.Werner Krause portrays Rudolph Virschow ,a famous surgeon and teacher,who gets too busy to meet Koch with Koch's new findings of the Bactria that cause polio.After Kirschows witnessing the discovery of the polio bacteria ,he immediately leaves to the kaisers ball,at the surprise of the member of the medical profession and Koch, just to meet the Kaiser portrayed by Rolf Prasch,only to come back to Koch for assistants ,in which they end up arguing.It's also a the first German feature to use the ,at the time still experimental 35mm a.g.f.a. color in a sequence,Although its not that great.Bismark,portrayed by Friedrich Otto Fischer, makes an appearance in his debate,which Kirschow found more important than meeting Koch.This movie cannot be compare to Friedrich the great film series,which had political propaganda .You just can't compare Robert Koch to Hitler .You know what Hitler would have done to the sick. 02/ 25/14

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