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Flying Classroom (1954)

Das fliegende Klassenzimmer (original title)
All is not really well between the boys of Gymnasium and the boys of the six-form High School: sparks fly when they get within 100m of each other! The continuous feud between the pupils is ... See full summary »


Kurt Hoffmann


Erich Kästner (novel), Erich Kästner (screenplay)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Dahlke ... Justus
Heliane Bei Heliane Bei ... Schwester Beate
Paul Klinger ... Der Nichtraucher
Erich Ponto ... Der Sanitätsrat
Bruno Hübner Bruno Hübner ... Prof. Kreuzkamm
Herbert Kroll Herbert Kroll ... Direktor Grünkern
Rudolf Vogel Rudolf Vogel ... Friseur Krüger
Willy Reichert Willy Reichert ... Martins Vater
Ruth Hausmeister Ruth Hausmeister ... Martins Mutter
Arno Ebert Arno Ebert ... Johnnys Vater
Peter Vogel Peter Vogel ... Der schöne Theodor
Peter Tost Peter Tost ... Martin
Peter Kraus ... Johnny
Bert Brandt Bert Brandt ... Matz (as Bert Brandt jr.)
Knut Mahlke Knut Mahlke ... Uli


All is not really well between the boys of Gymnasium and the boys of the six-form High School: sparks fly when they get within 100m of each other! The continuous feud between the pupils is only one of the pleasant alternations, which life brings into the everyday school life. In addition, there are the rehearsals for the school theatre; and there are the secrets around a teacher called 'Justus' and a man called 'Nichtraucher' or the "non-smoker" since he lives in an abandoned non-smoking railway carriage. Moreover, in between all the exciting surprises, a few serious things remain to be done... Written by ealefebre@iname.com

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Drama | Comedy | Family


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Did You Know?


This is not the first and not the last project director Kurt Hoffmann did with writer Erich Kästner. He directed Ich vertraue Dir meine Frau an (1943), in which not only Paul Dahlke was also playing a role, but Kästner served as an uncredited writer. Later Hoffmann also directed Three Men in the Snow (1955), another movie based on a novel by Erich Kästner, to which he also wrote the screenplay. See more »


When Ferdinand plays a prolonged solo before the start of the play (near the end of the movie), Matz hits him with half a roll on the head. Surprised, Ferdinand takes his hands off the piano, but the music continues for several seconds. See more »


Referenced in Annaluise & Anton (1999) See more »


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Childhood favourite found after 23 years
1 August 2019 | by NoFarewellSee all my reviews

So I was searching something on Youtubeland and it was recommended to me randomly, Hungarian dubbed version, my native language. I thought I lost this movie forever as I never found it ever, we had it on vhs but it was gone years ago. So never seen it in German, but Hungarian sync actors were really nice at the time. So now I relive my old feelings, the book is one of my all-time favourites and I saw this wintertime at my grandmother's flat twenty+ years ago. It is still fantastic and endured during the years. The atmosphere, the human(e) emotions, the message is clear, it is one of the best guides to children about social / moral values, it helped me for sure, I think it is Kästner's absolute top 1. Some way I'll get it to show it to my children one day. One of th best heartwarming and heartfelt stories I have ever known so far. Please watch it and bring more humanity to the world!

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German | Latin

Release Date:

3 September 1954 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Flying Classroom See more »

Filming Locations:

Kitzbühel, Tyrol, Austria See more »

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Carlton-Film See more »
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1.37 : 1
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