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27 Ratings

Emil and the Detectives

Emil und die Detektive

Directed by Gerhard Lamprecht
Germany, 1931
Family, Adventure, Drama


The story concerns a young boy named Emil who has been packed off to visit relatives in Germany. While en route on the train, Emil’s money is stolen by a penny-ante thief. The boy enlists the aid of a group of pre-teen youths who fancy themselves ace detectives.

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Emil and the Detectives Directed by Gerhard Lamprecht

Critics reviews

It’s this mixture of reality and fantasy which puts the film firmly in the lineage of Louis Feuillade. Not a tradition one readily associates with Billy Wilder, but there it is… Director Gerhard Lamprecht is largely an enigma to me, as I haven’t seen any of his other sixty-odd films, nor do their names mean anything to me, but on the basis of this film alone—or on the basis of the scene above alone—he’s clearly of considerable interest.
May 09, 2013
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