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The Punch Bowl (1944)

Die Feuerzangenbowle (original title)
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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Dr. Johannes Pfeiffer / Hans Pfeiffer
Karin Himboldt ...
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Lutz Götz ...
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Rudi Knebel
Hedwig Wangel ...
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Frau Knauer (as Marg. Schön)
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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)  »

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Aikamiestä lapsettaa  »

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Escapist school comedy from the late Nazi era
21 July 2008 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Germany was losing the war, its cities were being bombed to smithereens, so it's easy to see why Goebbels felt the need for quality escapist entertainment like this gentle, funny school comedy.

Heinz Ruhmann plays a successful writer who was educated by tutors and never attended school, and who decides to return to his hometown disguised as a pupil to find out what he missed. What ensues is a lot of sweet-natured tomfoolery, with lots of tricks played on the teachers

  • something which nearly got the film banned because of its supposedly


'anti-authoritarian' tendencies.

There's no real message except that 'schooldays are the best days of your lives', and perhaps that's its secret - for it remains among the most popular of all film comedies in Germany and is cult viewing around Christmas time. Ruhmann is in his element in this film, but particular mention should go to the wonderful Erich Ponto as the eccentric chemistry teacher, who is quite best thing in the film.


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