Gray-haired furniture retailer Paul Winkelmann still has his dinner cooked and his laundry done by his mother. He spends his evenings playing Scrabble with Mama's friends and discussing the... See full summary »
Vicco von Bülow
Vicco von Bülow,
After ordering enough typewriting paper for 40 years, just to get discount, Heinrich Lohse is forced to retire. The former manager has plenty of time now to spend with his wife and their 16... See full summary »
Vicco von Bülow,
Vicco von Bülow,
Otto, a young man from East-Frisia comes to the big city (Hamburg) to make his fortune. Most of all he is engaged with two problems: How can he impress Silvia, a rich young girl, and where ... See full summary »
Sky du Mont
Diederich Heßling is scared of everything and everyone. But as he grows up, he comes to realize that he has to offer his services to the powers-that-be if he wants to wield power himself. ... See full summary »
This is an earlier, much less successful version of the _Feuerzangenbowle_, but the story is basically the same: The famous writer Hans Pfeiffer has problems in directing his latest play ... See full summary »
Albrecht & Octavia & Äls, form a triangle from families of idle intellectuals, prone to Neitsche. Nature loving Äls is gravely ill. Further tragedy looms as Albrecht contracts typhoid bringing Äls' foster child out of an infected area.
Irene von Meyendorff
After Clown Teddy lost his son, he lost his gift for laughter. He opened a joke shop and lives above the shop. His landlady has had a foster son since birth, and Teddy decides to raise the ... See full summary »
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
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Classic Heinz Rühmann vehicle with Rühmann very good and funny as Hans Pfeiffer. This is an entertaining film to be sure, but it can not begin to compete with the 1st adaptation of the material (So ein Flegel,. 1934, q.v.); by staying more closely to the original set-up of the story than the first version, the film is also a bit stuffy at moments and hardly more than a series of comic situations. Helmut Weiss' direction is good routine, but misses the talent to make into great comedy.
The biggest disappointment may be the main supporting cast with good actors like Erich Ponto and Paul Henckels. I can not know what assignment the director gave them, but they act like hams thereby killing off any humour in their parts; Hans Richter as one of the other pupils did a much better same job in "Unser Fräulein Doktor" (1940, q.v.).
Also watch for some latent (though by now innocent) Nazi-propaganda here. In a conversation between two teachers, one of the old guard and the other of the new, there is talk of the arrival of new times ("Die neue Zeit") when the older one says to the younger that now his time has come with introducing new teaching methods. Too far fetched? In a couple of scenes before this talk we see a disciplined class with the younger teacher saying to Rühmann: Bei mir nicht - Not with me, with the old guard you may do what you want, but not with me, in my class is order (not verbatim).
Again remade into a terrible film in 1970 by Helmut Käutner.
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