A successful author, who was educated by private teachers in his home instead of being sent to school with other boys, realizes he missed out on a lot fun in his younger years. He decides ... See full summary »
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This is an earlier, much less successful version of the The Punch Bowl (1944), but the story is basically the same: The famous writer Hans Pfeiffer has problems in directing his latest play... See full summary »
After Clown Teddy lost his son, he lost his gift for laughter. He opened a joke shop and lives above the shop. His landlady has had a foster son since birth, and Teddy decides to raise the ... See full summary »
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
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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 »
This delightful film adapted from his own novel by Heinrich Spoerl and directed by the very capable Helmut Weiss ran into all sorts of trouble with the education authorities who strongly objected to its depiction of bumbling old schoolmasters and disrespectful, disruptive pupils who brought classes to the brink of near anarchy.
Its star Heinz Ruemann was chummy with Hitler, whether from choice or expediency we will never know and Hitler certainly admired Ruemann's acting. It was apparently only by his appealing personally to Adolf during a visit to the Wolf's Lair that the film was permitted to be shown. Probably as a sop to the powers that be the makers were obliged to introduce a character not in the original book named Brett, played by Lutz Goetz, a young history teacher who expounds upon the virtues of discipline and says that he gives his pupils a clear choice between peace or war. All this is said while maintaining a smile!
What of the cast? Ruemann is an impeccacable, immaculate artiste and excels as Pfeiffer. Erich Ponto as Professor Crey again manages to steal most of his scenes although Ruemann gives him a run for his money. There are also fine performances by Hans Liebelt as the harassed headmaster and by Hilde Sessak and Karen Himboldt as the women in Pfeiffer's life. Himboldt refused to give the Nazi salute at the premiere. This courageous act of defiance effectively scuppered her career.
This is a heartwarming, uplifting and wonderfully played comedy and one is not at all surprised to learn that it remains to this day a cult film in Germany.
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