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Willi Manages the Whole Thing (1972)

Willi wird das Kind schon schaukeln (original title)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Heinz Erhardt Heinz Erhardt ... Willi Kuckuck
Erika von Thellmann ... Tante Elvira
Hannelore Elsner ... Constanze
Ernst H. Hilbich Ernst H. Hilbich ... Schnecke
Barbara Schöne Barbara Schöne ... Betty
Gernot Endemann ... Julius Appel
Claudia Butenuth ... Agnes
Stefan Behrens Stefan Behrens ... Mickey
Loni Heuser Loni Heuser ... Cosima Schulze
Balduin Baas Balduin Baas ... Wolfgang Amadeus Wirsing
Gesine Hess Gesine Hess ... Reinhilde
Reiner Brönneke Reiner Brönneke ... Turnegger
Hans Terofal Hans Terofal ... Stefan Wimblinger
Reinhold Brandes Reinhold Brandes ... Max Hauer
Henning Schlüter Henning Schlüter ... Butenbrink


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West Germany



Release Date:

24 February 1972 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Willi Manages the Whole Thing See more »

Filming Locations:

West Berlin, Berlin, Germany See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Rialto Film, Bavaria Film See more »
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Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


After principal photography some scenes of this movie had to be re-dubbed. Since Heinz Erhardt suffered a stroke he couldn't re-dub his scenes. Klaus Havenstein was used instead for these scenes. See more »


Edited into Legenden: Heinz Erhardt (2005) See more »

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Of football and fake photographs
23 May 2004 | by Chip_douglasSee all my reviews

This could almost have been a German entry into the fabulous 'Carry On' series (one of the 'contemporary' outings of course), although I suppose the title is silly enough as it is. When the credits mention the story is based on a 'famous play' by F. Setz und J. Becker called "Die Eintagsehe" you know most of the action will probably be situated around one location. However director Werner Jacobs manages to postpone the inevitable for a long time by concentrating on the many different hustles Willi is pulling all over town.

The first scene immediately sets the tone with a bunch of Germans screaming at each other at a town meeting. The loudest offender is Willi Kuckuck (Heinz Erhardt), who's main goal is to keep the local football club up and running. He will do anything for his team, although fortunately the film does not dwell on their rigged matches for too long. Instead we are treated to the various ways Willi sets about exploiting his own family (we just love to laugh at a-moral con men don't we).

Several of Willi's schemes involve trick photography. He gets the boyfriend of one of his daughters to help him out, which is strange since the lad routinely has to fake his own girlfriend's "wedding picture" with more boring men than himself. This is all part of Willy's grand plan to receive a wedding present in the form of a blank check from his wealthy sister Elvira who lives in Brazil. For a man who thinks of everything it is a bit strange that Willi never contemplated Elvira might decide to visit in person.

Now Herr Kuckuck has to get some more tangible evidence. He rounds up both the real and the fake prospective son in laws, as well as a new born baby for old Elvira's arrival. When sister dear decides to stay the night the movie at long last reveals it's stage bound trappings and does not venture outside again. Even the all important football team is almost completely forgotten at this stage.

4 out of 10

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