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The Broken Jug (1937)

Der zerbrochene Krug (original title)
Passed | | Comedy | 14 January 1938 (USA)
The blank verse does not work all that well in subtitles, but the film works even for those who don't understand German. The man who broke the jug, the judge, is trying a case who determine... See full summary »


Heinrich von Kleist (play), Thea von Harbou (screenplay)
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Cast overview:
Emil Jannings ... Adam, Dorfrichter
Friedrich Kayßler Friedrich Kayßler ... Walter, Gerichtsrat
Max Gülstorff Max Gülstorff ... Licht, Schreiber
Lina Carstens ... Marthe Rull
Angela Salloker ... Eva Rull, ihre Tochter
Bruno Hübner Bruno Hübner ... Veit Tümpel, Bauer
Paul Dahlke ... Ruprecht Tümpel, sein Sohn
Elisabeth Flickenschildt ... Frau Brigitte
Walter Werner Walter Werner ... Ein Bedienter
Erich Dunskus ... Büttel
Gisela von Collande Gisela von Collande ... Grethe, Magd
Lotte Rausch Lotte Rausch ... Liese, Magd
Käthe Kamossa Käthe Kamossa ... Dorfbewohnerin


The blank verse does not work all that well in subtitles, but the film works even for those who don't understand German. The man who broke the jug, the judge, is trying a case who determine who broke the jug. Long before the evidence becomes conclusive against the suspects, it becomes apparent that the blustering and bullying - and naive - village judge is the guilty one. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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unusual for that time
12 August 2010 | by cynthiahostSee all my reviews

When I saw this movie it had no subtitles and I had to guess. I thought it was about a store owner in Holland who was being audited and a customer was trying to get their money back or a replacement of their jug. But the rest of the story was more confusing so I had to look up the story to make clear what I saw.Emil Jannings plays a judge in a small dutch town who wakes up , in the morning, beaten up as he was in a fight. It turns out that the legal inspector is coming in to check the town. It turns out that Lina Carstens is going to court because she accused Paul Dauhlke , her daughter boyfriend, of breaking her jug. Her daughter is convincing her that he didn't do it. She knows who did . But she's afraid to tell . It was Adam the judge .Her boy friend is being drafted to the dutch indie army and Adam knows how to get him out.This was one of the few actual non propaganda that Emil Jannings did and that it was a comedy. It's based on a play created in the 1800's. It was consider a risky experiment to make into a movie to Goebels.Adam as judge fights to conceal the fact that he did it. Lina Carsten accuses Paul for and he argues that he didn't. Until one of the village ladies found his wig. Which every one in court starts to realize who's the culprit. Eva the daughter fearlessly reveals the truth, She saw Adam. The visual shtick is here .The wig showing up is hilarious. How Adam fights to deny it . Whats unusual for a German classic film is that at the end they show the actors who were in it .Visually only. It was shot like a stage play and Lina Carsten was doing some stage type acting. Although it didn't fit the film mode ,it made it more funnier.

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Tobis-Klangfilm)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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