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Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Finkbeiner ...
Seine Mutter Anna Tischbein
Wolfgang Lukschy ...
Oberwachtmeister Jeschke
Kurt Meisel ...
Herr Grundeis
Ruth Nimbach ...
Anni Wandel
Claudia Schäfer ...
Margarete Haagen ...
Die Grossmutter
Camilla Spira ...
Emils Tante Martha Heimbold
Hans Dieter Zeidler ...
Emils Onkel (as Hans-Dieter Zeidler)
Walter Gross ...
Ein Strassenbahnschaffner
Ernst Waldow ...
Der Kurgast
Gerd Frickhöffer ...
Der Festredner (as Gerhard Frickhöffer)
Marina Ried ...
Seine Frau
Else Reval ...
Frau Wirth
Jakob Tiedtke ...
Der Rektor


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Release Date:

14 October 1954 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Emile et les détectives  »

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Version of Emil and the Detectives (1935) See more »


Movie music
Performed by Orchester Egon Kaiser
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My first film in 1956! I liked it.
6 December 1998 | by (Boston, Massachusetts) – See all my reviews

Erich Kastner wrote the story about a young boy who is drugged and robbed of some money which was pinned into his clothing by his mother. He is, of course, horrified, and rather than tell her the truth, he enlists the help of an army of young detectives. It reminds me of the pursuit of the psychotic child killer Peter Lorre in M, 1931. Later remakes are universally boring and tepid.

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