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Three Penny Opera (1963)

Die Dreigroschenoper (original title)
The Gangster Macheath secretly marries the daughter of beggar king Peachum. When Peachum finds out, he instructs the police chief Brown to arrest and hang Macheath. If not, all the beggars of Soho will disturb the upcoming coronation.

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Cast

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Captain Macheath
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Jenny Diver (as Hildegarde Neff)
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J.J. Peachum
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Mrs. Celia Peachum
June Ritchie ...
Polly Peachum
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Marlene Warrlich ...
Lucy
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Beggar Filch
Hans W. Hamacher ...
Constable Smith
Henning Schlüter ...
Reverend Kimball
Hans Reiser ...
A Guide
Siegfried Wischnewski ...
Matthias
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Jakob
Stanislav Ledinek ...
Robert
Martin Berliner ...
Wally the Weeper
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The Gangster Macheath secretly marries the daughter of beggar king Peachum. When Peachum finds out, he instructs the police chief Brown to arrest and hang Macheath. If not, all the beggars of Soho will disturb the upcoming coronation.

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Drama | Musical

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21 February 1968 (France)  »

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Three Penny Opera  »

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

An earlier off-Broadway version (English adaptation by Marc Blitzstein), because it was a special "showcase" production, had a large turnover among its cast members. At one point, however, it featured Bea Arthur as Lucy Brown, and Paul Dooley and John Astin as two of MacHeath's men. Also among the cast for part of the run was Edward Asner as Peachum. See more »

Connections

Version of Driestuiversopera (1969) See more »

Soundtracks

Siehst du den Mond über Soho?
(uncredited)
Music by Kurt Weill
Lyrics by Bertolt Brecht
Performed by Curd Jürgens, Maria Körber and Gert Fröbe, Hilde Hildebrand
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lifeless, disappointing production of an excellent musical play
10 January 2002 | by See all my reviews

I've seen several stagings of this musical play-- even acted in it once in college-- and I have enjoyed the liveliness of every staging. The movie, however, is quite dead. The characters are stilted and almost everything is presented in a dry and detached manner-- so detached that the viewer can't really appreciate the important ironies of the plot even while being hit over the head with them. I also felt that the camera work was very uninspired. This film is still worth seeing just because "Die Dreigroschenoper" is an excellent play; but, if you have a choice, I'd recommend that you go see it performed as a play.


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