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The Punch Bowl (1944)
"Die Feuerzangenbowle" (original title)

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A successful writer, home-schooled in his youth, masquerades as a student at a secondary school to experience all the fun and pranks he missed out on.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Heinz Rühmann ...
Dr. Johannes Pfeiffer / Hans Pfeiffer
Karin Himboldt ...
Hilde Sessak ...
Erich Ponto ...
Professor Grey - called Schnauz
Paul Henckels ...
Hans Leibelt ...
Lutz Götz ...
Oberlehrer Dr. Brett
Hans Richter ...
Clemens Hasse ...
Rudi Knebel
Hedwig Wangel ...
Haushälterin bei Crey
Anneliese Würtz ...
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Frau Knauer (as Marg. Schön)
Max Gülstorff ...
Egon Vogel ...
Musiklehrer Fridolin
Rudi Schippel ...
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Hans Pfeiffer and some of his friends are drinking "Feuerzangenbowle". Talking about their school-time they discover that Hans never was at a regular school and so, as they think, missed an important part of his youth. They decide to send him back to school to do all the things he never could do before. Written by Wolfgang Klimt <wolfii@leo.org>

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Dieser Film ist ein Loblieb auf die Schule, aber es ist möglich, daß die Schule es nicht merkt.

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7 April 1944 (Netherlands)  »

Also Known As:

Aikamiestä lapsettaa  »

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When Knebel draws a nude on the blackboard you see thin lines that help him trace the drawing. See more »

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Such a sweet film!
16 December 2001 | by (Sevilla, Spain) – See all my reviews

I've just seen this movie with several german friends and, although my German is really poor and there were no subtitles (only a good friend helping me to understand it), I found it quite a sweet classic film which I feel really happy to have discovered. The simple and yet funny story about a man that "returns" to childhood in order to make all sorts of jokes to the grownups is just so well carried out that, despite not even being german-speaker, can be easily watched with a smile on the face. Sure enough, most of the jokes can't be understood for non-german speakers (and sometimes not even for german themselves!) but the performers play sincerely great roles and at many times a face is worth a thousand words. To sum up, a film I would like to see once again (I hope next time with subtitles, at least ;) and quite a cult-movie in its home country, where many people watch it as a tradition once a year... It's tender, it's sweet, somehow naïve... Eine wuenderschoene Filme, wuerde ich sagen!


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