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Charley's Aunt (1956)

Charleys Tante (original title)
Two seducers, who have invited two charming Swedish women to their home, ask the brother of one of them to dress up as a woman and play the chaperons.


Hans Quest




Cast overview, first billed only:
Heinz Rühmann ... Dr. Otto Dernburg
Hertha Feiler ... Carlotta Ramirez
Claus Biederstaedt ... Ralf Dernburg
Walter Giller ... Charley Sallmann
Ruth Stephan Ruth Stephan ... Mona
Bum Krüger Bum Krüger ... Peter
Hans Olden Hans Olden ... Wolke
Ina Peters Ina Peters ... Britta Nielsen
Elisa Loti Elisa Loti ... Ulla Bergström
Hans Leibelt ... Niels Bergström
Paul Hörbiger ... August Sallmann
Helmuth Rudolph Helmuth Rudolph ... Consul General
Hilde von Stolz ... Consul General's Wife (as Hilde v. Stolz)
Ewald Wenck Ewald Wenck ... Hotelportier
Wolfgang Condrus Wolfgang Condrus ... Hotelpage


Two seducers, who have invited two charming Swedish women to their home, ask the brother of one of them to dress up as a woman and play the chaperons.

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Comedy | Romance


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The opening credits are designed like a friendship book, and every name of cast and crew mentioned here is also shown with a little photo next to their name. See more »


Version of Waar is Charley? (1960) See more »


Amazonas-Mambo (Träume aus der Pampa)
Performed by Heinz Rühmann
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6 November 1999 | by J. SteedSee all my reviews

Brandon Thomas classic comedy gets the average German 50's cinema treatment here: mediocre production values and uninspired direction of a routinist without any guts. But we may be glad that Heinz Rühmann was given the opportunity to play the aunt as it he and both Paul Hörbiger and Hans Leibelt who make the film worth watching: when they are on the scene there is something to laugh about. Any other moment the film is dreary and makes the viewer long for a next scene with the three mentioned gentlemen.

Hans Quest did not really know what to do with the material to make the whole thing into a fast-paced comedy that will not let the viewer have time to think about what he is seeing; and that is what "Charley's Aunt" needs. Dull supporting cast (very disappointing Hertha Feiler and Ruth Stephan, but were their parts written well enough?). Hans Olden has a repeated one-liner that must have been very funny on paper, but neither he nor Quest knew how to make the repeated joke work.

But enjoy Heinz Rühmann as the aunt, and surely when he does the "Amazonas-Mambo". (5/10)

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Release Date:

February 1956 (Austria) See more »

Also Known As:

Carlos, su tía y la otra See more »

Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Klangfilm-Eurocord)


Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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