9 user 10 critic

Unter den Brücken (1946)

Two barge skippers fall in love with the same woman.


Helmut Käutner


Leo de Laforgue (manuscript), Helmut Käutner | 1 more credit »


Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

More Like This 

Drama | Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

After returning from a concentration camp, Susanne finds an ex-soldier living in her apartment. Together the two try to move past their experiences during WWII.

Director: Wolfgang Staudte
Stars: Hildegard Knef, Elly Burgmer, Erna Sellmer
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A grieving husband tries to uncover the truth behind his wife's suicide, leading him to discover a tragic tale of infidelity and redemption.

Director: Helmut Käutner
Stars: Marianne Hoppe, Paul Dahlke, Ferdinand Marian
Drama | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

The film tells the story of the blond "singing sailor" Hannes Kröger who works in a St. Pauli club on the Große Freiheit 7, and falls in love with a girl. But she prefers his rival Willem and Hannes returns to the sea.

Director: Helmut Käutner
Stars: Hans Albers, Ilse Werner, Hans Söhnker
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Director: Helmut Käutner
Stars: Marianne Hoppe, Hans Söhnker, Fritz Odemar
Certificate: Passed Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

At an all-girls boarding school, Manuela falls in love with a teacher, to terrific consequences.

Directors: Leontine Sagan, Carl Froelich
Stars: Dorothea Wieck, Hertha Thiele, Emilia Unda
Force of Evil (1948)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

An unethical lawyer, with an older brother he wants to help, becomes a partner with a client in the numbers racket.

Director: Abraham Polonsky
Stars: John Garfield, Thomas Gomez, Marie Windsor
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A German nurse gets sent to the front because she gives medical aid to a wounded Serbian partisan during World War II.

Director: Helmut Käutner
Stars: Maria Schell, Bernhard Wicki, Barbara Rütting
Body and Soul (1947)
Drama | Film-Noir | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A talented boxer's young career hits difficult terrain when an unethical promoter takes interest in him.

Director: Robert Rossen
Stars: John Garfield, Lilli Palmer, Hazel Brooks
Shoeshine (1946)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Two shoeshine boys in postwar Rome, Italy, save up to buy a horse, but their involvement as dupes in a burglary lands them in juvenile prison where the experience take a devastating toll on their friendship.

Director: Vittorio De Sica
Stars: Rinaldo Smordoni, Franco Interlenghi, Annielo Mele
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

1941, the Third Reich seems to be winning the war. Luftwaffe (air force) general Harry Harras enjoys the good life as highly respected technician and Berlin ministry/ HQ official. However ... See full summary »

Director: Helmut Käutner
Stars: Curd Jürgens, Viktor de Kowa, Karl John
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

When a small kingdom's main tax payer leaves for Paris, its king dispatches a dashing count to win back her allegiance.

Director: Ernst Lubitsch
Stars: Maurice Chevalier, Jeanette MacDonald, Edward Everett Horton
Raw Deal (1948)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Joe Sullivan has taken the rap for Rick who double-crosses him with a flawed escape plan and other means intended to get rid of him.

Director: Anthony Mann
Stars: Dennis O'Keefe, Claire Trevor, Marsha Hunt


Cast overview:
Hannelore Schroth ... Anna Altmann
Carl Raddatz ... Hendrik Feldkamp
Gustav Knuth ... Willy
Margarete Haagen Margarete Haagen ... Landlady
Ursula Grabley ... Vera - Waitress
Hildegard Knef ... Girl in Havelberg
Walter Gross Walter Gross ... Man on the Bridge
Helene Westphal Helene Westphal
Hildegard König Hildegard König
Erich Dunskus Erich Dunskus ... Holl - Ship Captain
Klaus Pohl Klaus Pohl ... Museum Employee
Helmuth Helsig Helmuth Helsig ... Muhlke - Café Owner


Two barge skippers fall in love with the same woman.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Comedy | Drama | Romance


See all certifications »






Release Date:

15 September 1950 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Hidak alatt See more »

Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »

Did You Know?


Passed censorship in March 1945 but was theatrically released in 1950. See more »


Referenced in Something to Remind Me (2001) See more »


Auf der Bücke Tuledu
Music by Bernhard Eichhorn
Lyrics by Hans Leip
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Timeless Escapism
12 November 2008 | by DwolvesbaneSee all my reviews

Under the Bridges is another fantastic film from German director Helmut Kautner. The plot of the film centers on a barge on the waterways of Germany in some unidentified time and the relationship between the two owners of the boat. This relationship becomes strained, and develops into a classic love triangle, when a woman comes on board and stays with them for a short time. As is usual of Kautner's films the characters are highly sympathetic and their relationships very realistic and well thought out. Almost anyone can identify with at least one of these archetypal main characters, whether it is the "Damsel in Distress" Anna, the "Loner with a Heart of Gold" Hendrick, or the "Nice Guy" Willy.

The most interesting factor in this film though is one that happens off screen. Filmed in 1945, and often interrupted by overhead allied bombers, this was one of the final films to pass the censors of the Third Reich in March 1945, the month before the suicide of Adolf Hitler and the soon following German surrender. Despite the pervasiveness of the looming military and political disaster that was apparent in Germany at the time the present is entirely absent from the film. The plot takes place in some sort of time out of time that is familiar and identifiable as some time in 20th century Germany, but this is only a vague placement. The timeless quality so embraced is indicative of Kautner's desire to remain apolitical during the war and to remain simply a filmmaker. The blissful ignorance of the film's contemporary political reality gives the film a very escapist quality, a very probable goal of Kautner's.

This film taken in its historical context has a very important message. It seems to largely be saying that no matter what happens on the world stage we are all still human and that no matter what befalls us we continue to survive, thrive, live, and love. This attitude towards human life is something that gives Kautner's films their human quality; that certain feeling that comes through them which seems to say "Despite all that happens, we must maintain hope."

8 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 9 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

IMDb Freedive: Watch Movies and TV Series for Free

Watch Hollywood hits and TV favorites for free with IMDb Freedive. Start streaming on IMDb and Fire TV devices today!

Start watching

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial

Recently Viewed