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Emil und die Detektive (1931)

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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Gerhard Lamprecht

Writers:

Erich Kästner (from the novel by), Billy Wilder (screenplay) (as Billie Wilder) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rolf Wenkhaus Rolf Wenkhaus ... Emil Tischbein
Käthe Haack ... Frau Tischbein, Emils Mutter
Fritz Rasp ... Grundeis
Rudolf Biebrach Rudolf Biebrach ... Wachtmeister Jeschke
Olga Engl ... Großmama
Inge Landgut ... Pony Hütchen
Hans Joachim Schaufuß Hans Joachim Schaufuß ... Gustav mit der Hupe (as Hans Schaufuß)
Hans Richter ... Fliegender Hirsch
Hans Löhr Hans Löhr ... Dienstag
Ernst-Eberhard Reling Ernst-Eberhard Reling ... Gerold
Waldemar Kupczyk Waldemar Kupczyk ... Mittenzwei
Martin Rickelt Martin Rickelt ... Bellboy (as Martin Baumann)
Gerhard Dammann Gerhard Dammann
Rudolf Lettinger Rudolf Lettinger
Margarete Sachse Margarete Sachse
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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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Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

26 December 1931 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Emil and the Detectives See more »

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Universum Film (UFA) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Tobis-Klangfilm)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Inge Landgut who played Pony Hütchen in this movie later became the German dubbing voice of Miss Ellie Ewing on _"Dallas" (1977)_ See more »

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When the train carrying Emil from the fictional "Neustadt" to Berlin stops at the intermediate station where all the passengers except Emil and Grundeis, the man with the bowler hat, leave the compartment, its engine is a 2-6-0 Deutsche Reichsbahn Class 38, formerly a Prussian P 8 passenger engine. When the train leaves that station, it is suddenly a DR Class 17, formerly a Prussian 4-6-0 S 10 express train locomotive. When the train enters Berlin's Zoo Station, it has reverted back to a 38/P 8. See more »

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Version of Chiisana tantei tachi (1956) See more »

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Early German "Talkie" - Billy Wilder's first Hit Movie
14 November 2018 | by thursdaysrecordsSee all my reviews

The film-version of author Erich Kaestner's break-through children's book. "Emil" is in many ways a first. It lifted the young author out of obscurity and poverty to fame and fortune. It also gave screen-writer/director Billy Wilder his first of many critical and commercial successes. Kaester would go on to pen several other great children's books, including "Das doppelte Lottchen", which later inspired the Disney Classic "The Parent Trap", and Billy Wilder's very respectable resume needs no further comments.

The story was written for children during a time when poverty, violence and war has robbed many people of hope for a better future. A ruthless thief (Herr Grundeis) steals a small sum of money from a boy (Emil) on a train and is pursued by a group of "organized" children, who are determined to reunite the rightful owner and his money. The young "detectives" not only provide evidence of Emil's claim (causing the crook to instantly take flight) but also out-do the police in locating and bringing the thief to justice.

It's all for one and one for all, a feel good movie with a happy ending. David vs. Goliath or good against evil. In the Germany "between the two great wars" with political winds already forming the next set of very dark clouds, "Emil and the Detectives" was a welcomed holiday from all of the world's ills. For 70 minutes, the viewer could escape and root for the little kid who has been victimized, and to witness triumph of the human spirit. A treasure of the Old German Cinema. Highly recommended!


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