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The Punch Bowl (1944)

Die Feuerzangenbowle (original title)
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.


Helmut Weiss


Heinrich Spoerl (novel)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Heinz Rühmann ... Dr. Johannes Pfeiffer / Hans Pfeiffer
Karin Himboldt ... Eva Knauer
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


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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Was filmed during World War II in Potsdam near Berlin. Filming had to be constantly stopped because of bomb attacs to the city. The premiere of the film was also placed in the morning hours, because of the fear of bomb attacs in the evening. See more »


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


Remake of Such a Boor (1934) See more »

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German cult movie - extremely popular before X-Mas!
21 December 1999 | by Starbuck-13See all my reviews

That a over 50 year old movie would make students of all faculties pour into the campus theatre year after year is a phenomenon. The secret of this films huge success is the message which hardly anybody is able to miss - that school in spite of all the hard work was fun! Remembering one's own school time will cause an emotional state of well-being, and there you have it!

Aside from these factors, the movie's humor is timeless, the actors were very talented and their characters just wonderfully weird. Many people have seen this movie so often they can speak every line - and with larger audiences, the film is starting to evolve into an interactive experience à la Rocky Horror Picture Show, with the audience shouting at the characters and carrying alarm clocks, candles and flashlights into the theatre to switch on in the exact right moment.

If there is one true German cult movie - this is it!

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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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1.37 : 1
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