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Hurrah, the School Is Burning (1969)
"Hurra, die Schule brennt - Die Lümmel von der ersten Bank IV. Teil" (original title)

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Pepe Nietnagel's bunch's pranks make their school a logical choice for the ministry of education to reassign an elite teacher to. The choice falls on overqualified Dr. Peter Bach, who seems... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Alexander ...
Dr. Peter Bach
Heintje Simons ...
Jan (as Heintje)
Theo Lingen ...
Gerlinde Locker ...
Julia Schumann
Werner Finck ...
Von Schnorr
Rudolf Schündler ...
Ruth Stephan ...
Alexander Golling ...
Hans Terofal ...
Harald Juhnke ...
Wolfgang Gruner ...
Carola Höhn ...
Lilo Schick
Kristina Nel ...
Pierre Franckh ...


Pepe Nietnagel's bunch's pranks make their school a logical choice for the ministry of education to reassign an elite teacher to. The choice falls on overqualified Dr. Peter Bach, who seems wasted on but is happy in a tiny Alpine village. When it burns down, he accepts moving with his orphaned cousin Jan, who feels his foxy new temp teacher Julia Schumann could provide the female touch their 'bachelor household' lacks. Pepe's class takes to unconventional Peter, but the brass considers him a collaborator. A merciless battle of wit and deceit ensues. Written by KGF Vissers

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18 December 1969 (West Germany)  »

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Heintje's School Is on Fire  »

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12 September 1999 | by (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

This 4th part of the "Lümmel series" is absolutely a peak in fatuity and stuffy morals. In this part not only the usual imbecile humour and ditto scripting, trying to introduce some "freshness" into the by now thread bare format the story (such as there is) is centered around Schager-singer Peter Alexander and a very embarrassing export product from The Netherlands: boy singer Heintje as Alexander's nephew, who is looking for a wife for his uncle as uncle is very clumsy at house keeping - wow, what an exciting subject.

While Heintje torments the ears with his warbling, Peter Alexander - who needed a good director to be acceptable - bores the viewer to death by just being there, but especially during his bloody awful impersonation of Hans Moser. Watching these two you would have give anything to have Hannelore Elsner and even Uschi Glas back. Seeing this part I again wondered why such great comedians as Theo Lingen, Ruth Stephan and Werner Finck (in this part only) kept working in the series; were they forced or is it proof that in the declining German mainstream cinema there was no place for them?

There is a modernized version of Schiller's "Wilhelm Tell" as school play, that combines Tell with Bonanza! O yes, this could have been a fine idea if executed well and with a sense of humour and tongue-in-cheek, but it is of course a very reactionary view on the social changes within society: in this case make fun of those who seriously wanted to modernize the classics. Alexander has to shoot an egg on top of Heintje's head; he should have missed.

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