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Emil and the Detectives (1964)

Emil goes to Berlin to see his grandmother with a large amount of money and is offered sweets by a strange man that make him sleep. He wakes up at his stop with no money. It is up to him and a group of children to save the day.

Director:

Peter Tewksbury

Writers:

AJ Carothers, Erich Kästner (novel) (as Berthold Bürger)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Walter Slezak ... Baron
Bryan Russell ... Emil Tischbein (as Bryan Russel)
Roger Mobley Roger Mobley ... Gustav
Heinz Schubert ... Grundeis
Peter Ehrlich Peter Ehrlich ... Müller
Cindy Cassell Cindy Cassell ... Pony (as Cindy Cassel)
Elsa Wagner Elsa Wagner ... Nana
Eva Ingeborg Scholz Eva Ingeborg Scholz ... Frau Tischbein (as Eva-Ingeborg Scholz)
Wolfgang Völz Wolfgang Völz ... Wachtmeister Stucke
Franz Nicklisch Franz Nicklisch ... Desk Sergeant
Brian Richardson Brian Richardson ... Professor
Robert Swann Robert Swann ... Hermann
David Petrychka David Petrychka ... Dienstag
Ann Noland Ann Noland ... Frieda
Ron Johnson Ron Johnson ... Rudolf
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When Emil travels by bus to Berlin to visit his grandmother and his cousin, his money is stolen by a crook who specializes in digging tunnels. Emil must get the money back as it is for his grandmother. While following the thief, Emil runs into Gustav, an enterprising young boy who gathers up all his friends to help Emil find the money. Emil's cousin also gets involved and they get into more trouble than they bargained for when Emil's pickpocket turns out to be mixed up with a couple of notorious bank robbers. Written by April M. Cheek <Aravis2713@aol.com>

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Comedy | Family | Drama | Crime

Certificate:

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In a 9/6/1963 article in 'Stars and Stripes' reporter James Gunter writes "Walt Disney said six American children selected in Europe as tryouts will appear in his new movie, Emil and the Detectives (1964), to be filmed in Berlin and West Germany this Fall." Roles were won by Bryan Richardson of Wiesbaden, David Petrychka of Munich, Ann Noland of Berlin, Bob Swann of Kaiserslautern and Rick and Ronald Johnson, twin boys from Bad Toelz. Peter Herold, associate producer of Emil and the Detectives, said camera work on the picture will begin Monday (9/9/1963) in Augsfeld, West Germany, about 60 miles north of Frankfurt. The cast will move to Berlin Sept. 16 to work on the picture for about 10 weeks (through about November 23). See more »

Goofs

When Gustav phones Dienstag, Dienstag's sister Frieda, who Dienstag has locked out of the room, is reaching in through a window and has picked the handset off the ringing phone when Dienstag seizes her hand at 0:38:05, but an insert shot at 0:38:07 shows the handset is still setting on the phone which is still ringing. See more »

Quotes

Gustav: I thought you said it was all clear.
Dienstag: It's only my skrinky sister, talking on the telephone.
Gustav: As usual.
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Is Third Time The Charm?
26 June 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

This is the third movie version of Eric Kastner's oft-filmed story I've seen in the last few years. Once again, Emil, in the form of Bryan Russell, is on his way to spend the summer with his grandmother and cousin in the big city of Berlin; again, the Man In The Bowler Hat steals the money he is carrying for grandma; again, he encounters local kids, who organize and eventually bring justice.

In this Disney version, a major subplot is added (or perhaps restored; I've never read Herr Kastner's story). The Man With The Bowler Hat is involved in a bank robbery ringled by Walter Slezak. There's a nice amount of the effectiveness of gangs of children versus gangs of adults (including the stodgy and thoughtless police), with the points going to the kids; adults refuse to take them seriously at their peril.

The movie is shot in a bright and clean world that emphasizes the benign nature of reality for children, while the bank robbers toil in the grim underworld, trying to tunnel to the bank. the score by Heinz Schreiter is full of woodwinds which constantly informs the audience of the harmless silliness of this particular cinematic universe -- a mistake, I think, but what's a composer to do?

In the end, this is another pleasant version of the story, adding little to it of moment, but giving it a contemporary, 1960s air. I think the best version I've seen remains the original version, released in German in 1931, in no small part because the world in that movie is not so sunny, but the children ignore that in favor of their own constructed world.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 December 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Emilio y los detectives See more »

Filming Locations:

Alsfeld, Hesse, Germany See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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