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Der eiserne Gustav (1958)

Gustav Hartmann is in trouble. Because of the new taxis he doesn't get many passengers in his horse-drawn carriage. To prove what he and his horse are capable of, he starts a trip from ... See full summary »


George Hurdalek (as Georg Hurdalek)


George Hurdalek (idea), George Hurdalek (screenplay)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Heinz Rühmann ... Gustav Hartmann
Lucie Mannheim ... Frau Marie Hartmann
Ernst Schröder Ernst Schröder ... Friedrich Karl Möbius
Karin Baal ... Anni Hartmann
Ingrid van Bergen ... Gertrud Hartmann
Ruth Nimbach Ruth Nimbach ... Frau Johanna Möbius
Ludwig Linkmann Ludwig Linkmann ... Paulchen Klinke
Manfred Grote Manfred Grote ... Mahrenholz (as Manfred Grothe)
Lutz Moik ... Otto Kroppke
Hilde Sessak Hilde Sessak ... Frau Vietzke
Willi Rose Willi Rose ... Otto Vietzke
Bruno Fritz Bruno Fritz ... Amtsarzt
Harry Meyen ... Assessor
Van Doude ... Straßensänger
Jenny Orléans Jenny Orléans ... Dicke Französin


Gustav Hartmann is in trouble. Because of the new taxis he doesn't get many passengers in his horse-drawn carriage. To prove what he and his horse are capable of, he starts a trip from Berlin to Paris. Written by Wolfgang Klimt <wolfii@leo.org>

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5 December 1958 (West Germany) See more »

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Berlin, Germany See more »

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1.37 : 1
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The horse with which the real Gustav Hartmann completed the journey of more than 1000 km from Berlin to Paris and back in 1928, was a gelding called Grasmus. See more »

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31 October 1999 | by J. SteedSee all my reviews

Based on a true event the film shows a coachman taking a journey from Berlin to Paris in 1928. The part of the coachman played by Heinz Rühmann seems to be a repeat of that of the captain in "Der Hauptmann von Köpenick" (1956). The part of the captain was embedded in a good film that had something to say as well; the story of the coachman in this film is more or less the only thing that is on offer and thereby is heavily leaning upon Heinz Rühmann's performance.

The scenes may be decently staged (a bit theatrically) and the acting good, Georg Hurdalek never achieved a film with the right atmosphere. From a film like this one would expect an image of the time of Germany (Berlin) and France, but Hurdalek never gives us more than a series of family related events and a summing up in the dialogue of things like the economic crises and the Lindbergh flight without these being a integral part of the premise.

Good entertainment though.

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