The tavern in the Spessart (1958)

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Original title The inn in the Spessart
The inn in the Spessart Logo 001.svg
Country of production Germany
original language German
Publishing year 1958
length 99 minutes
Age rating FSK 12
Director Kurt Hoffmann
script Heinz Pauck ,
Luiselotte Enderle ,
Curt Hanno Gutbrod
production Georg Witt
music Franz Grothe ,
Günter Neumann
camera Richard fear
cut Claus from Boro

Das Wirtshaus im Spessart is a German comedy film by Kurt Hoffmann from 1958, based on the original of the same name by Wilhelm Hauff from 1827. Liselotte Pulver and Carlos Thompson were cast in the main roles .


Franziska Comtesse von und zu Sandau is with her fiancé Baron Sperling, her maid Barbara and a priest on their way to Würzburg by carriage when they drive into a cave dug by the robbers Knoll and Funzel in the Spessart , where a wheel breaks . They follow the advice of these two characters who appear at the scene of the accident and stay in the nearby tavern . There they meet the craftsmen Felix and Peter. When more robbers arrive, who declare the Comtesse hostage in order to extort 20,000 guilders ransom from her father , the Comtesse swaps her clothes with one of the craft boys and is able to escape the robber chief who wants to recruit the supposed boy for his troops. When Franziska learns at home that her father is sending the military instead of paying the ransom for Felix, Barbara and the pastor in disguise, she defiantly returns to the robbers to serve the captain as a lad in her disguise. He soon realizes the wrong game and is just as impressed with Franziska as she is with him. When, after some confusion, the military attacked the robber camp, the Comtesse flees with the robber captain and hides him in her father's castle. There she learns from him that he is an impoverished Italian count, whose father was once robbed of his fortune by Count Sandau, Franziska's father, and who, after falling among the robbers, became her captain. He has to flee from the castle before the soldiers looking for him and Franziska seems to have to bow to the wedding with the unloved Baron Sperling. But shortly before the wedding, the robber count reappears and Franziska lets him carry her off into a new life.


With the unstable balance of power during the Napoleonic campaigns, society also became unstable, scope for violence opened up and robber gangs were booming. The story of Hauff's Spessart robbers was up-to-date in the early 19th century, especially because the literary genre of the entertainment novel, especially the novel with robber themes, came into fashion through the works of Götz von Berlichingen ( Goethe ) and Die Räuber ( Schiller ). The figure of the robber as a noble criminal, who acts with his gang against laws, but also fought for justice of the impoverished lower classes, was welcomed by the "people".


The Georg Witt production was shot from September 28 to November 30, 1957 in the Bavaria Ateliers in Munich-Geiselgasteig. The historic market square of Miltenberg am Main served as a backdrop for the opening scene and Mespelbrunn Castle in Spessart served as the castle of Count Sandau . A former Nagelfluh quarry in Gleißental south of Munich formed the background for the robber camp . Further exterior shots were taken in Rohrbrunn and in the vicinity of Lichtenau and Deisenhofen.

The drawings used in the film were created by Bele Bachem . Lina Carstens makes a brief appearance as a cook. However, it is not mentioned in the opening credits.

The premiere of the film took place on January 15, 1958 in the Gloria-Palast in Berlin. Export Film Bischoff & Co GmbH was responsible for sales .

Sequels and remakes

As a successor, Kurt Hoffmann shot in 1960 The Spooky Castle in the Spessart with the film set of Schloss Oelber on the white road in Lower Saxony and in 1967 Glorious Times in the Spessart . In 2010, the TV film Im Spessart the ghosts are shown, which is thematically based on The Spooky Castle in Spessart . Aside from the setting of the three Spessart films, the soft sex film Das Lustschloß im Spessart was made in 1977 under the direction of Walter Krüttner . Incidentally, the material was filmed by Adolf Wenter in 1923 under the same title Das Wirtshaus im Spessart .


“[…] A delightfully colorful, enjoyable creepy and cheerful musical film, which, especially in its parodic first part, goes far beyond the rest of the German production. Not entirely free of uncomfortable elements for younger people, but a winking pleasure for adults. "

- 6000 films. Handbook V of the Catholic film criticism

"Entertainment film with a star cast [...] Imaginatively equipped, pretty photography and musically lively", rating: '2½ stars', which leads to the verdict "above average."

- Adolf Heinzlmeier and Berndt Schulz , Lexicon "Films on TV"



Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ CineGraph - Lexicon for German-language film - Kurt Hoffmann
  2. Iris Hilberth: A quarry from mystical times . In: . August 13, 2017, ISSN  0174-4917 ( [accessed May 21, 2018]).
  3. 6000 films. Critical notes from the cinema years 1945 to 1958 . Handbook V of the Catholic film criticism, 3rd edition, Verlag Haus Altenberg, Düsseldorf 1963, p. 491
  4. Lexicon Films on TV (expanded new edition). Rasch and Röhring, Hamburg 1990, ISBN 3-89136-392-3 , p. 937