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Das Mädchen Marion (1956)

In the winter of 1944 the widow Vera von Hoff, her daughter Marion and the pony Prusse flee from East Prussia to the farmer Buddensiek in Lower Saxony. There Marion falls in love with ... See full summary »


Wolfgang Schleif




Cast overview:
Winnie Markus ... Vera von Hoff
Carl Raddatz ... Dr. Meining, Tierarzt
Dietmar Schönherr ... Günter Legler, Turnierreiter
Brigitte Grothum ... Marion von Hoff
Hermann Speelmans Hermann Speelmans ... Kalweit, Bereiter
Gisela von Collande Gisela von Collande ... Frau Buddensiek, Bäuerin
Harry Hardt ... Präsident des Reitturniers
Stanislav Ledinek Stanislav Ledinek ... Novak, Geschäftemacher
Eduard Linkers Eduard Linkers ... Sawatzki, Pferdehändler
Franz-Otto Krüger Franz-Otto Krüger ... Der Fremde
Günter Bobrik Günter Bobrik ... Michel
Ernst Rottluff Ernst Rottluff ... Fritz
Dorle Rath Dorle Rath ... Dicke Frau
Konrad Dahlke Konrad Dahlke ... Jacob


In the winter of 1944 the widow Vera von Hoff, her daughter Marion and the pony Prusse flee from East Prussia to the farmer Buddensiek in Lower Saxony. There Marion falls in love with doctor Meining not knowing that he is in love with her mother... Written by Volker Boehm

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love | stallion | horse farm | See All (3) »


Drama | Romance




West Germany



Release Date:

25 October 1956 (West Germany) See more »

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Preis der Nationen See more »

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Corona Filmproduktion See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Too much horsing around
2 April 2004 | by Chip_douglasSee all my reviews

Beautifully photographed in glorious black and white, the impressive opening scene features a caravan of horses during a vicious snow storm. One man picks up a foal and during a display of Lawrence of Arabia like nobility carries it on his back for the rest of the way. Finally safe in a East Prussian barn, title character Marion enters and strikes up an immediate friendship with the horse carrier shortly before he dies of exhaustion. WWII is nearly at an end and the red army is coming, so together with her mother Vera and her new foal Prusse, Marion flees to Nedersaksen.

Marion draws the attention of three nasty men (one of them even wears a long leather coat) when she goes swimming in a lake with Prusse. The trio of no good doers take the horse away leading to some highly emotional antics from das mädchen. But in true girlie book fashion, Prusse escapes and runs back home. When the villains follow suit, doctor Meining the veterinary comes to the rescue. Now most reviews and synopsis claim this film concerns a mother and daughter both falling in love with the good doctor. That may sound controversial for it's time, but is only a tiny part of the big picture. From the first to last shot the emphasis is all on horses. Marion shows far more affection for her beloved Prusse than she does for the doctor, and a love triangle is hardly touched upon, or at least in the version I saw broadcast at 10.30 am.

Warning! From here on only sappy junior romance novel clichees follow.

Herr doctor encourages Marion in her horse riding when assisting him at his practice proves too stressful. Meanwhile he is seen wooing her mother, who has become a wash woman. During her first horse race the girl takes a diving. Here follows a very strange German expressionist sequence: Marion is staring into a lake and falls in, is swept along for what seems like miles while Prusse runs after her until she wakes up on shore. Was it all a nightmare? She takes Prusse to a professional race track but immediately objects to the rough handling he receives from the cocky young jockey. As soon as he gets her into the barn however, he sweeps her off her Prusse. Nothing much else happens except more montages of horse races set to mambo music and a syrupy happy end in which everybody wins (except evil men in leather coats).

4 out of 10

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