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Where Is Coletti? (1913)

Wo ist Coletti? (original title)
| Crime | April 1914 (USA)
This production tells the story of the famous detective, Coletti, of Berlin. Coletti has taken charge of a bank robbery case, and the editor of the Continental Daily Mail publishes an ... See full summary »


Max Mack




Cast overview:
Hans Junkermann ... Jean Coletti
Madge Lessing ... Lolotte
Heinrich Peer ... Anton
Anna Müller-Lincke ... Resolute Dame
Hans Stock Hans Stock ... Graf Edgar
Max Laurence Max Laurence ... Alter Graf
Axel Breidahl Axel Breidahl


This production tells the story of the famous detective, Coletti, of Berlin. Coletti has taken charge of a bank robbery case, and the editor of the Continental Daily Mail publishes an article in which he chides the detective for mismanagement of the case. As it was known the criminal remained in Berlin for forty-eight hours after the robbery; the article claimed that had Coletti published and distributed inscription of the criminal someone of the millions of inhabitants of Berlin would have captured him. In an open letter to the editor of the paper, Coletti states it is almost impossible to unearth a man hidden away in as large a city as Berlin, and to back up his statement, offers a reward of $25,000 to any person who can capture him within forty-eight hours after a full description of himself, and his photograph, have been printed in every newspaper, and posted all around the city. The challenge is accepted. All the inhabitants of Berlin, except Anton, the barber, and Lolette, ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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April 1914 (USA) See more »

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Vitascope GmbH See more »
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1.33 : 1
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If We're Asking Questions, What's The Earliest Comedy Feature?
9 September 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Hans Junkermann is Coletti, the greatest detective in Berlin. He has just captured a desperate criminal. However, notes a newspaper, he might have captured him a lot sooner, had he enlisted the general population of the city. Coletti dictates a reply to the letter, saying it is a lot easier to hide in plain sight than the paper seems to think. Here's a recent photo, and here's his bond for 100,000 marks. He will disappear the following day, and anyone who can find him can have the money.

It's quite good, with lots of quick changes, cross-dressing, dirigible-riding, and general good humor. This raises the question: is this the first comedy feature? TILLIE'S PUNCTURED ROMANCE is usually cited for that, but it came out the following year. There's little doubt this is a feature-length film. The copy I looked at was 55 minutes in length, quite long for a feature in 1913, and the IMDb lists its release length at 86 minutes. So could this be the first? Or is one of director Max Mack's nine earlier features also a comedy? Or does some movie by another director deserve the title?

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