"Auf der Reeperbahn nachts um halb eins" or "Reeperbahn bei Nacht" is a German color film from the year 1954, so this one is also already over 60 years old. It is one of the final performances by beloved German actor Hans Albers and it can also be seen as the ultimate tribute to his hometown Hamburg because the "Reeperbahn is in St. Pauli, a district of Hamburg. Apart from Albers, likable German actor Heinz Rühmann (also in his early 50s here) is on board too and this is far from the only collaboration of the duo. Another would be their Sherlock Holmes film. They may have been the most known German actors of their time. Unfortunately this popularity does not transition into a good, or even great, film in this very case. It is a bit disappointing because the director (Liebeneiner) and the two writers (Braun, Kampendonk) have made several somewhat known German films back in the day, so they certainly did not lack experienced. But it is all too undefined. The characters are not really interesting, the comedy is not too funny and the crime story is not really dramatic either. As a whole, this is maybe only a good watch for huge Albers/Rühmann fans or for people who have a really strong connection to the city of Hamburg. Otherwise you really shouldn't care what happens at the Reeperbahn at 0:30 am. I do not recommend the watch, 105 mostly forgettable minutes.
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