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Die vier Gesellen (1938)

Four graduates of an industrial design school team up and form a small business. The protagonist is so excited by the venture that she turns down the proposal of her dashing instructor. ... See full summary »


Carl Froelich


Jochen Huth (writer and play 'Die vier Gesellen)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ingrid Bergman ... Marianne Kruge
Sabine Peters ... Käthe Winter
Carsta Löck Carsta Löck ... Lotte Waag
Ursula Herking Ursula Herking ... Franziska
Hans Söhnker ... Stefan Kohlund
Leo Slezak ... Professor Lange
Erich Ponto ... Regierungsrat Alfred Hintze
Heinz Welzel Heinz Welzel ... Feinmechaniker Martin Bachmann
Rudolf Klicks Rudolf Klicks ... Direktor der graphischen Berufsschule
Karl Haubenreißer Karl Haubenreißer ... Direktor der Seidenstrumpffabrik
Lotte Braun Lotte Braun ... Sekretärin des Fabrikdirektors
Wilhelm P. Krüger Wilhelm P. Krüger ... Maurermeister am Neubau
Willi Rose Willi Rose ... Straßenbahnschaffner
Max Rosenhauer Max Rosenhauer ... Hauswart
Ernst G. Schiffner Ernst G. Schiffner ... Geschäftsmann, der keinen Auftrag erteilt


Four graduates of an industrial design school team up and form a small business. The protagonist is so excited by the venture that she turns down the proposal of her dashing instructor. Time passes and her three partners lose interest in the business for different reasons. This leaves the heroine who has a change of heart and decides to forgo the business and marry the instructor after all.

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Release Date:

1 October 1938 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

The Four Companions See more »

Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Tobis-Klangfilm)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Featured in Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words (2015) See more »


Tiefe Sehnsucht
Music by Ralph Benatzky
Sung by Zarah Leander
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Not only for Ingrid Bergman fans.
3 March 2007 | by mart-45See all my reviews

This is a very positive, and a very well made film. It's a down to earth story of four young ladies, who set out to make it a hit in the tough world of advertising. The subject matter is quite realistic, even though the realism is conditional and according to 30s standards - even in poverty and without hot water, the girls wake up in full make up and pretty hair-dos. Things go well, until both men trouble and artistic differences set in. At that point the film turns quite dramatic, and some scenes are handled in quite a modern fashion. The film champions a feminist angle, quite uncommon for a film of that era. It touches several delicate issues, such as premarital pregnancy, without being moralizing or prude. Vier Gesellen is a women's film - the men get a lot less screen time and seem to be nothing more than distracting factors. The camera work and direction are very good, and the way Ingrid Bergman is lit and shot, is excellent. She is very, very beautiful and shows immense amount of talent. No wonder she was snatched to do Intermezzon in USA right after that film. The scenes with her and another very gifted actress, Ursula Herking, are the best in the film. There's also Hans Söhnker who is always solid.

I recommend this film to everyone who is under the impression that films were nothing better than tools for party propaganda in Nazi Germany. Well, one could say that the concept of "strength through friendship" reeks of fascism, but if there's a party that really values friendship, I go for that party any day. This film comes close to the work of Helmut Käutner, who was a great maker of great films about little people, and whose best work came out during the last months of the Third Reich.

The only downside to the otherwise pristine print released in Germany is that there are no subtitles of any kind.

Trivia: During the scene in the movie theatre, the film being screened is 1937's Zu Neuen Ufern, and we hear another Swedish superstar that made it big in Germany, Zarah Leander, singing Tiefe Sehnsucht (Deep Yearning).

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