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Emil and the Detectives (1964)

Emil goes to Berlin to see his grandmother with a large amount of money and is offered sweets by a strange man that make him sleep. He wakes up at his stop with no money. It is up to him and a group of children to save the day.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Baron
Bryan Russell ...
Emil Tischbein (as Bryan Russel)
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Gustav
Heinz Schubert ...
Grundeis
Peter Ehrlich ...
Müller
Cindy Cassell ...
Pony (as Cindy Cassel)
Elsa Wagner ...
Nana
Eva Ingeborg Scholz ...
Frau Tischbein (as Eva-Ingeborg Scholz)
Wolfgang Völz ...
Wachtmeister Stucke
Franz Nicklisch ...
Desk Sergeant
Brian Richardson ...
Professor
Robert Swann ...
Hermann
David Petrychka ...
Dienstag
Ann Noland ...
Frieda
Ron Johnson ...
Rudolf
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Storyline

When Emil travels by bus to Berlin to visit his grandmother and his cousin, his money is stolen by a crook who specializes in digging tunnels. Emil must get the money back as it is for his grandmother. While following the thief, Emil runs into Gustav, an enterprising young boy who gathers up all his friends to help Emil find the money. Emil's cousin also gets involved and they get into more trouble than they bargained for when Emil's pickpocket turns out to be mixed up with a couple of notorious bank robbers. Written by April M. Cheek <Aravis2713@aol.com>

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Comedy | Family | Drama | Crime

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18 December 1964 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Emilio y los detectives  »

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1.37 : 1
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In a 9/6/1963 article in 'Stars and Stripes' reporter James Gunter writes "Walt Disney said six American children selected in Europe as tryouts will appear in his new movie, Emil and the Detectives (1964), to be filmed in Berlin and West Germany this Fall." Roles were won by Bryan Richardson of Wiesbaden, David Petrychka of Munich, Ann Noland of Berlin, Bob Swann of Kaiserslautern and Rick and Ronald Johnson, twin boys from Bad Toelz. Peter Herold, associate producer of Emil and the Detectives, said camera work on the picture will begin Monday (9/9/1963) in Augsfeld, West Germany, about 60 miles north of Frankfurt. The cast will move to Berlin Sept. 16 to work on the picture for about 10 weeks (through about November 23). See more »

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The seats are numbered on the bus Emil takes from Neustadt to Berlin. At 0:04:38 the number 13 is on the back of Emil's seat. At 0:04:54 the number 1 is on the toddler's seat in front of Emil. At 0:05:13 the numbers 1 and 2 are on the empty window seat immediately behind the driver and the aisle seat to its right where August Grundeis is initially seated. Apparently, the toddler's side of its interaction with Emil were shot in the front of the bus. See more »

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A Master Criminal Undone
11 April 2008 | by See all my reviews

Back when I was in school taking high school Spanish, this book in a Spanish translation was a text used in my course. We read it for about a third of the semester. Of course it was called Emilio Y Los Detectivos.

So of course I had to go see Emil and the Detectives when it was out in the theater and I found it to be a very good Disney production of the story. To make it cinematically viable parts of the story were emphasized and others were not.

Walter Slezak looked like he was having a great old time playing the master criminal who just can't get good help. Young Bryan Russell is on a train to Berlin to visit his grandmother and he had a sum of money which unfortunately attracts the attention of Heinz Schubert one of two lugnuts who are Slezak's henchmen. Slezak, Schubert, and Peter Ehrlich are planning a bank robbery, a tunnel job. Slezak is understandably upset that Schubert would risk arrest for a petty theft and thereby put the bank job in jeopardy.

But it's no petty theft to Russell who falls in with a gang of Berlin street urchins headed by Roger Mobley. Since this is a Disney film, I think you can guess the rest of it. The kids deal with the crooks in their own unique way.

I remember it was a fun movie and I did so enjoy Walter Slezak in the role of the master criminal done in by kids. I do so hope TCM runs this at some point.


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