The Obersteiger (film)

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Original title The climber
Country of production Austria
original language German
Publishing year 1952
length 93 minutes
Age rating FSK 12
Director Franz Antel
script Franz Antel
Jutta Bornemann
Gunther Philipp
Friedrich Schreyvogl
production Patria Filmkunst GmbH, Graz
music Hans Lang
camera Hans Heinz Theyer
cut Arnfried Heyne

Der Obersteiger is an Austrian comedy film by Franz Antel from 1952. The film is based on the operetta of the same name by Carl Zeller .


Instead of staying at court, Prince Max of Bavaria and his adjutant Medardus von Krieglstein prefer to go hunting, which his cousin, King Ludwig I, does not like at all. In order to be able to avoid the hustle and bustle at court, Prince Max travels incognito with his adjutant to Hallstatt and stops there at the Löwenwirt as a Bavarian climber .

The Hallstatters consider Andreas Spaun, who has also stayed at the Löwenwirt, for Max. Spaun, who is currently a little short of cash, the extremely courteous treatment as a supposed prince comes in very handy.

At the same time, Princess Luise and her entourage arrive at Schloss Ort . In order to be able to take part in the Kirtag in Hallstatt undetected, Luise pretends to be an ordinary girl from Gmunden. At the Hallstätter Kirtag, Max and Luise meet, without knowing who the other is in reality, and fall in love. When the festival is over, a message arrives from King Ludwig, who orders that Prince Max and Princess Luise have to marry out of reasons of state.


The interior shots were taken in the Thalerhof Graz studio, the locations for the exterior shots were Hallstatt and Gmunden . The film structures were created by Werner Schlichting and Isabella Ploberger , while Erich von Neusser took over the production management. In the large aircraft hangar at Thalerhof Airport, the architect Werner Schlichting built the entire main square of Hallstatt, including the accessible interior spaces. But the illumination of the oversized backdrop turned out to be a big problem, so that most of the scenes had to be moved into the night. The scene in which the duke kills a chamois was filmed in Gosau . The animal had been shot a few days earlier by Wolf Albach-Retty. The world premiere took place on November 3, 1952 in the Gloria Neu-Ulm , the Austrian premiere on November 6, 1952 in Graz.


The lexicon of international films described the operetta film as a "mixture of comedy slang, sentimentality and singing". According to ARD, the online version rated the “opulent costume film in front of a romantic Alpine backdrop” as a “sentimental musical comedy”.

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Individual evidence

  1. ^ Alfred Bauer: German feature film Almanach. Volume 2: 1946-1955 , p. 284
  2. ^ Franz Antel: Twisted, in love, my life , Munich, Vienna 2001, p. 81 f.
  3. Klaus Brüne (Ed.): Lexicon of International Films . Volume 6. Rowohlt, Reinbek bei Hamburg 1990, p. 2820.
  4. The Obersteiger. In: Retrieved July 21, 2017 .
  5. The Obersteiger. In: Lexicon of International Films . Film service , accessed July 21, 2017 .Template: LdiF / Maintenance / Access used