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Emil and the Detectives (1935)

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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Milton Rosmer

Writers:

Cyrus Brooks (adaptation), Margaret Carter (dialogue) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Williams John Williams ... Emil Blake
George Hayes ... The Man In The Bowler Hat - Sam Pinker
Mary Glynne ... Mrs. Blake
Clare Greet ... Grandma
George Merritt ... PC
Marion Foster Marion Foster ... Polly
Donald Pittman Donald Pittman ... Gussy
Robert Rietty Robert Rietty ... Professor (as Bobby Rietti)
John Singer John Singer ... Tuesday
Derek Blomfield ... Jerry
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Storyline

Erich Kästner's beloved novel has been adapted for film or television six times since its publication in 1929; this 1935 British version was the first in English. Believed lost for decades, it was recently rediscovered by the BFI and has now been restored. The film moves the action from Berlin to London, where Emil goes to stay with his grandmother and cousin. Thereafter, the tale of Emil's adventures with a gang of streetwise London children faithfully follows the original plot.

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 April 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Emil See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The title screen on the surviving 16mm print actually reads "Emil and the Detective". See more »

Goofs

(at around 27 mins) "The Man In The Bowler Hat"/Sam Pinker gets in a taxi, and when it drops him off at his hotel, the registration is ALN 287. A couple of minutes later, ALN 287 reappears behind Polly and "The Flying Stag" as they cycle and scoot respectively along the Embankment. See more »

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Version of Emil and the Detectives (1964) See more »

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8 September 2017 | by malcolmgswSee all my reviews

This film very much reminded me of the Ealing film Hue and Cry,particularly the way it exploited the London locations.Similarly the way in which the villain was trapped by a gang of children.Many German films were remade into English versions.So it is strange to see a dock in the police station,presumably this was copying thé scenery from thé German version.Some very surreal touches


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