The runner of marathon

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Original title The runner of marathon
Country of production Germany
original language German
Publishing year 1933
length 98 minutes
Director EA Dupont
script Thea von Harbou based
on a novel by Werner Scheff
production Marcel Hellmann
music Giuseppe Becce
camera Eugen Schüfftan
cut Herbert Selpin

The runner from Marathon is a German athlete and romance film made at the end of 1932 by EA Dupont . Brigitte Helm plays the leading role as a woman between three men ( Viktor de Kowa , Hans Brausewetter and Paul Hartmann ).


1932 Olympic Games in Los Angeles . The very ambitious Lore Steinkopf is an ace in jumping and wants to win the gold medal in her discipline. Three men, all of them also top athletes and Olympians, crowd around them. There are the German marathon runners Georg and Karl but also the Brazilian swimming world champion on the 400-meter course, José Barrada. Although married to a pretty young woman, the South American fell madly in love with Lore. His hot, southern blood even tempts him to neglect his training. Lore, however, does not care about the much older man. But those around them fear that Jose's amorous efforts could distract them from their preparation for their mission. When José's wife Eveline Lore asks not to see her husband again, it is very dear to her. But Lore's withdrawal makes José even more possessive and jealous. The games begin, and Lore actually manages to climb the podium and receive the gold medal.

In the afternoon of the same day, Barrada had to go into the pool to compete in his parade discipline. His thoughts are so promptly elsewhere that, even though Lore has promised to be in the stadium, he loses. In fact, Lore had missed the start date due to fatigue and was late. José only crossed the finish line in third and is now immensely disappointed. Lore learns about Barrada's poor performance through her friend Else. The Brazilian is furious, looks for Lore in the Olympic village and blames her for his poor performance. The dispute escalates during a rapid drive with him at the wheel. The car crashes and overturns. Barrada is badly injured, Lore only slightly. She can drag herself out of the hospital and makes it just in time to watch friends Karl and Georg run the marathon. Else had told both of them shortly before the start that Lore wanted to receive the winner. Now an internal competition arises between the two men who previously almost fought over Lore and now have to fight all sorts of mishaps on the long run. With the last effort, Georg can actually cross the finish line first. Karl, who had to stop because of exhaustion, is desperate, but he has no reason to, because he is the one Lore has fallen in love with for some time. Completely broken, he staggers into her arms.

Production notes

The Marathon runner was created from November 7th to December 1st, 1932 and premiered on February 21st, 1933 in Vienna. The German premiere was three days later in Berlin's Ufa-Palast am Zoo .

Frank Clifford took over the production management, Ernő Metzner and Erich Zander were responsible for the film construction. Erich Lange set the tone, Eugen Klagemann took the still photos. Editor Herbert Selpin worked as an assistant director to EA Dupont. Composer Giuseppe Becce also conducted his own sheet music.

For leading actress Brigitte Helm, this role was a pleasant excursion away from the eternal vampire roles that she had mostly been given up to then and about which she complained publicly several times. Siegfried Schürenberg , who came to late fame three decades later as the idiot Sir John in the German Edgar Wallace films , made his film debut here, as did Carl Wery .

For director Dupont this was the last film he directed in Germany. He left the country before the National Socialists came to power on January 6, 1933 from Bremen with the ' Europa ' to the USA, accompanied by Lilian Harvey and Ernst Lubitsch. Since Hitler was appointed Chancellor during his stay in Hollywood, the Jew Dupont decided not to return home to Germany.


In the edition of February 25, 1933, page 2 of the Österreichische Film-Zeitung reads: “In addition to the excellent performance of the actors, Brigitte Helm, Victor de Kowa, Paul Hartmann and others. a., it is the excellently cut scenes of the Olympic fights that give the film a special and captivating character. "

Paimann's film lists summed up: “A small, but by no means poor game plot built into the gears around the international Olympics in Los Angeles, the original recordings used seamlessly connected with the scenes in terms of direction and image technology, and the rigidity of the weekly charts is removed by skillful editing and montage. Fleet, sympathetic portrayal: the helmet devalued and loosened as it is rare, shower weather and de Kowa fresh and natural. Informal dialogue, often in genuine Berlin dialect. (...) Overall quality: Well above average. "

See also

Individual evidence

  1. Finck's role fell victim to the scissors
  2. Kay Less : "In life, more is taken from you than given ...". Lexicon of filmmakers who emigrated from Germany and Austria between 1933 and 1945. A general overview. ACABUS Verlag, Hamburg 2011, ISBN 978-3-86282-049-8 , p. 143.
  3. "The Runner of Marathon". In:  Österreichische Film-Zeitung , February 25, 1933, p. 2 (online at ANNO ).Template: ANNO / Maintenance / fil
  4. The runner from Marathon in Paimann's film lists ( Memento of the original from September 13, 2016 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was automatically inserted and not yet checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /

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