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Die Feuerzangenbowle (1944)

A successful writer, home-schooled in his youth, masquerades as a student at a secondary school to experience all the fun and pranks he missed out on.

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Helmut Weiss

Writer:

Heinrich Spoerl (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Heinz Rühmann ... Dr. Johannes Pfeiffer / Hans Pfeiffer
Karin Himboldt ... Eva Knauer
Hilde Sessak Hilde Sessak ... Marion
Erich Ponto ... Professor Crey - called Schnauz
Paul Henckels ... Professor Bömmel
Hans Leibelt ... Gymnasialdirektor Knauer, called Zeus
Lutz Götz Lutz Götz ... Oberlehrer Dr. Brett
Hans Richter ... Rosen
Clemens Hasse Clemens Hasse ... Rudi Knebel
Hedwig Wangel Hedwig Wangel ... Haushälterin bei Crey
Anneliese Würtz Anneliese Würtz ... Frau Windscheidt
Margarete Schön ... Frau Knauer (as Marg. Schön)
Max Gülstorff Max Gülstorff ... Oberschulrat
Egon Vogel Egon Vogel ... Musiklehrer Fridolin
Rudi Schippel Rudi Schippel ... Luck
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Storyline

Hans Pfeiffer and some of his friends are drinking "Feuerzangenbowle". Talking about their school-time they discover that Hans never was at a regular school and so, as they think, missed an important part of his youth. They decide to send him back to school to do all the things he never could do before. Written by Wolfgang Klimt <wolfii@leo.org>

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Dieser Film ist ein Loblieb auf die Schule, aber es ist möglich, daß die Schule es nicht merkt.

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Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

7 April 1944 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Aikamiestä lapsettaa See more »

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Terra-Filmkunst See more »
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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This is a remake of So ein Flegel (Such a Boor), made ten years earlier, and also starring Heinz Rühmann - in the same role! See more »

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When Knebel draws a nude on the blackboard you see thin lines that help him trace the drawing. See more »

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Escapist school comedy from the late Nazi era
21 July 2008 | by wlkrrchSee all my reviews

Germany was losing the war, its cities were being bombed to smithereens, so it's easy to see why Goebbels felt the need for quality escapist entertainment like this gentle, funny school comedy.

Heinz Ruhmann plays a successful writer who was educated by tutors and never attended school, and who decides to return to his hometown disguised as a pupil to find out what he missed. What ensues is a lot of sweet-natured tomfoolery, with lots of tricks played on the teachers - something which nearly got the film banned because of its supposedly 'anti-authoritarian' tendencies.

There's no real message except that 'schooldays are the best days of your lives', and perhaps that's its secret - for it remains among the most popular of all film comedies in Germany and is cult viewing around Christmas time. Ruhmann is in his element in this film, but particular mention should go to the wonderful Erich Ponto as the eccentric chemistry teacher, who is quite best thing in the film.


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