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Schneewittchen und die sieben Zwerge (1955)

Snow White's mother, the Queen dies when she is born. Her father, the King, remarries a beautiful but vain lady. The new Queen has a magic mirror that she asks every day, who is the fairest... See full summary »


Erich Kobler


Jacob Grimm (story), Wilhelm Grimm (story) | 2 more credits »


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Complete credited cast:
Elke Arendt Elke Arendt ... Snow White
Addi Adametz Addi Adametz ... The Evil Queen
Niels Clausnitzer Niels Clausnitzer ... Prince Charming
Dietrich Thoms Dietrich Thoms ... The Hunter
Renate Eichholz Renate Eichholz ... The Good Queen
Zita Hitz Zita Hitz ... Francisca, The Chambermaid
Erwin Platzer Erwin Platzer ... The Little Negro
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Paul Tripp Paul Tripp ... Narrator, US version


Snow White's mother, the Queen dies when she is born. Her father, the King, remarries a beautiful but vain lady. The new Queen has a magic mirror that she asks every day, who is the fairest one of all? When it answers Snow White, the Queen is furious. Will handsome Prince Charming and the Seven Dwarfs be able to save Snow White from the wicked Queen's wrath? Written by phillindholm

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West Germany



Release Date:

November 1965 (USA) See more »

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1.37 : 1
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When the Evil Queen visits Snow White a second time holding a basket full of combs, she walks up to Snow White barefooted. She asks to sit down, and when she gets up she's wearing shoes. She leaves Snow White barefooted yet again. See more »


Featured in The 50 Worst Movies Ever Made (2004) See more »

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Charming...in an odd way.
27 January 2003 | by John NickolausSee all my reviews

I've read a number of reviews on this film, mostly bad, so I decided to rewatch it. It had been around 10 years since I bought a video copy of it at a local KMART store, and the film was quite sketchy in my memory. But what I did recall about it, was that I DIDN'T like it.

This 1955 version is one of the weaker adaptations of the Grimm's story, but does have it's strong points. My video is a copy of the 1965 English language version, that was shown at "Kiddie Matinees" by Childhood Productions in the 1960's and 70's. Hosted, rather badly, by Paul Tripp (the man CREEPS ME OUT!!!!) and dubbed with poor voice-overs and annoying songs, much is lost in the translation. I would really love to get my hands on a copy of the original German version and compare the two.

The film's strongest attribute is in it's title character. Elke Arendt does a fine job as Snow White. She is by no means perfect, but in this production, her talent stands out. She is pretty, despite her horrible black wig of long braids, and makes a nice storybook heroine. She has a sweet personality and kind presence in the film.

The weakest aspect of the film are the seven miscast CHILDREN as the dwarves. BADLY bearded and costumed these kids ruin the whole picture. You can never get beyond the fact that they are indeed kids in cheap Halloween costumes. Very poor choice on the film makers.

The sets are slightly above average. The little glen where the cottage of the dwarves rests is quite cozy and inviting. The cottage itself is really just a large dollhouse, but very sweet in appearance.

The script is a bit slow moving at times and tries, unsuccessfully, to broaden the Snow White story. For example, the Prince shows up with a necklace for Snow White, whom he hasn't seen in years. He says that it's for the "most beautiful woman in the kingdom". Since Snow White isn't allowed out of her room, the Huntsman (?!?) brings it up to her. He relays the message, but is overheard by the Queen, who insists that the gift must be for her then. She and Snow White exchange a few words and the Queen snatches that necklace right off from around Snow's neck, and heads to her magic mirror for her daily dose of "self- confidence".....I think you can figure out the rest. A valiant effort at adding meat to the story, but an unsuccessful one.

If you decide to try this movie out, I really do recommend finding the German version. But definitely give it a chance. The 1961 German version is FAR SUPERIOR to this one, but this one is worth a watch.

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