On the Reeperbahn at half past twelve (1929)

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Original title On the Reeperbahn at half past midnight
Country of production Germany
original language German
Publishing year 1929
length 71 minutes
Director Fred Stranz
script Oskar Schubert-Stevens
Julius Urgiß
production Joe Pasternak
music Werner Schmidt-Boelcke (cinema music in the Schauburg)
camera Akos Farkas
Franz Weihmayr

and Inge Rana , Lotte Roman , Heddy Warton

On the Reeperbahn at half past twelve is a German action - silent film comedy from 1929 with Lydia Potechina and Eddie Polo in the leading roles.


The buxom Catalan Donna Ramona Raffkaela is a shrewd businesswoman who knows exactly what she wants and is not ready to be ripped off by windy business partners. As president of the KSK, the "Katalonische Schweinzsülze-Kompagnie", she hopes to do big business in Germany with her meat products. When the Spanish matron in Hamburg-St. Pauli lands, she also has her advertising pig, fat Romeo, with her, a real splendor pig that has been decorated with numerous awards. She quickly clashes with her advertising manager Caesar Verannto, who, against her will, has an eye on Ramona's daughter Eleonora, who has traveled with her, and so he and the Señora are soon crossed.

Since the pig Romeo is so important and valuable to Donna Raffkaela that she always carries it with her, even in her Hamburg domicile, the Hotel Esplanade, the misunderstood misunderstood now kidnaps the same without further ado. Donna Ramona is very excited. But the Hamburg of the pre- Hans Albers era also had its robust, daring fellows, a jack-of-all-trades who swing his fist and jump over every obstacle, who knows how to solve every problem tangibly. His name is Heini Box and immediately jumps into the breach for the proud Spaniard. Heini scours through St. Pauli , where a diamond theft is currently taking place, sweeps the sinful mile, the Reeperbahn , the eponymous mile , jumps into a chimney of a barge and beats up a dingy bar in the harbor. Finally, Heini frees fat Romeo from the villain's clutches and is finally allowed to lead Eleonora to the altar in thanks.


The outdoor shots of this film were made in January and February 1929 in Hamburg (Hafen, St. Pauli-Lokal “Trichter”, Reeperbahn, Volksfest Dom) as well as in the Jofa studios in Berlin.

The world premieres were on April 12, 1929 in several Hamburg cinemas and in Berlin's Schauburg .

Max W. Kimmich was in charge of production, and Otto Moldenhauer designed the buildings . Rudolf Fichtner was manager .

For the actor and director Fred Stranz , who had helped launch the Bavarian Western a good ten years earlier, this film was his cinematic farewell performance. He was no longer active in sound film.


“The plot is thick and the director did a quick job: While the Elbe drifts ice, the boys walk around barefoot on the jetties (...) The Reeperbahn at half past twelve? Maybe. In any case: Hamburg on April 1st. "

- Hamburger Anzeiger , No. 86, of April 13, 1929

“One hundred percent cinematic, primitive, straightforward, easily understandable plot, huge brawls, defeat of the villain, happy ending and proper demonstration of what a strong, clever and reliable guy this Eddie Polo is. (...) That such a film has absolutely nothing to do with the art of film, that it is not even an arts and crafts, but only rough craft, probably all those involved agree. "

- Georg Herzberg : Film Courier . Berlin No. 88 of April 13, 1929

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Fred Stranz in Hermann Wilhelm: Munich and the Wild West
  2. Fred Stranz in Reiner Boller: Wild West Made in Germany