This 90-minute film is named "In the Morning at Seven the World Is
Still in Order" and I will do without the German title here as it will
give half a dozen spelling mistakes and you can read it on the profile
page anyway. It was directed by Kurt Hoffmann and he was among the most
successful filmmakers of his time. This movie here is from the final
stages of his career and it is a West German production of course. It
was released in 1968, so it will have its 50th anniversary next year.
Quite a log time. The cast does not really offer any big names compared
to other films from that time that are still somewhat known, so you can
say that it is not among Hoffmann's most or least known. The only cast
member I know is Ralf Zacher I believe and I see like him many cast
members are pretty old, but still alive right now. One who is not that
old yet is lead actor Archibald Eser and he quickly disappeared from
the acting industry. The only other film he showed up in is the sequel
to this movie we have here actually and the fact that they made a
sequel also shows you how successful this first film here was. After
all, it won a Golden Screen that was only awarded to those films that
really reached gigantic audiences numbers in Germany.
Now about the story: It says family and comedy are the genres here on
IMDb, but this is only partially correct. I think there were more than
enough dramatic moments, especially by standards back then, to say this
is a drama movie, for example the major plot point when one boy
threatens another with a knife. And there are really more sequences
like these to be honest. as for the comedy aspect, I am really not
sure. Yes the romance in here is somewhat linked to comedy and banter
as well on many occasions (as it was frequently the case in German
films back then), but is it a funny movie by any means? I don't think
so. It certainly has not aged well from that perspective. But I will
give the benefit of the doubt here and say that people perceived humor
very differently back then, so it's fine maybe to call it a comedy
film, even if the humorous component is almost missing entirely in my
opinion. Okay, a couple words on the title of my review. If you know
Heintje or have seen any of his films, then you basically know what to
expect here. Just imagine a Heintje film without the singing.
Admittedly Eser is a name almost nobody remembers today in Germany,
while Heintje is still known to very many, but I would still say that
it is not worse than a Heintje film. I guess he was missing the
angel-like voice to become more popular. And it was really difficult to
take this film seriously for me, or the main character with the name of
Gaylord. The explanation is that the original novel this is based on is
by a British writer named Eric Malpass. Okay, anyway these were my
thought on this film. As a whole, I give it a thumbs-down and don't
recommend checking it out. Really no need for a sequel and if I ever
check it out (which will definitely not be anytime soon), then I'd be
genuinely surprised if it is any good.
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