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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.

Director:

Wolfgang Staudte

Writers:

Bertolt Brecht (libretto), Wolfgang Staudte (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Curd Jürgens ... Captain Macheath
Hildegard Knef ... Jenny Diver (as Hildegarde Neff)
Gert Fröbe ... J.J. Peachum
Hilde Hildebrand ... Mrs. Celia Peachum
June Ritchie ... Polly Peachum
Lino Ventura ... 'Tiger' Brown
Marlene Warrlich Marlene Warrlich ... Lucy
Walter Giller ... Beggar Filch
Hans W. Hamacher Hans W. Hamacher ... Constable Smith
Henning Schlüter Henning Schlüter ... Reverend Kimball
Hans Reiser Hans Reiser ... A Guide
Siegfried Wischnewski ... Matthias
Walter Feuchtenberg Walter Feuchtenberg ... Jakob
Stanislav Ledinek Stanislav Ledinek ... Robert
Martin Berliner Martin Berliner ... Wally the Weeper
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Drama | Musical

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Country:

France | West Germany

Language:

German | English

Release Date:

21 February 1968 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Three Penny Opera See more »

Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

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 »

Alternate Versions

Sammy Davis Jr. appears only in the American version. See more »

Connections

Version of Die Dreigroschenoper (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Barbara-Song
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Music by Kurt Weill
Lyrics by Bertolt Brecht
Performed by Maria Körber
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Great Poster Artwork - Extremely Poor Film
12 January 2007 | by Ron-72See all my reviews

This film was picked up for distribution in the United States by Joseph E. Levine through his Embassy Pictures, and it premiered in a number of cities including Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Houston, Milwaukee, and Oklahoma City on October 14, 1964. The advertising campaign was conceived to make the film look like one of the big "roadshow" musicals of the era--indeed, the artwork used in the posters, newspaper ads, and the eventual RCA LP album is probably the best thing about the film. Business was terrible, in part because the film was dubbed and the synchronization between the sound and visuals was off, as well as the "washed out" look of the color. Some of the theaters pulled it after several days of poor business, in others it lasted only for a week, and it only got a few sporadic openings thereafter. I do not believe that it ever made it to a theater in New York City, San Francisco, Boston, or Washington, DC.


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