The Forester Boys (1955)

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Original title The forester boys
Country of production Austria
original language German
Publishing year 1955
length 100 minutes
Age rating FSK 12
Director Robert A. Stemmle
script Robert A. Stemmle
production Fritz Klotzsch
for Maxim-Film
music Herbert Trantow
camera Hans Schneeberger
cut Ira Oberberg ,
Klaus Eckstein

Die Försterbuben is an Austrian homeland film by Robert A. Stemmle from 1955. It is the first film adaptation of the novel Die Försterbuben by Peter Rosegger from 1907.


After years in the seminary , the son of the chief forester Thomas Rufmann, Martin, is returning to St. Eustachen in Carinthia , where a festival is currently taking place. He has not yet completed his training as a priest because he is in a crisis of faith that he hopes to overcome in the mountains. He is warmly welcomed by his father Thomas and brother Friedolin. Friedolin is the black sheep of the family, has constant financial worries and flirts with women in the distant city - much to the chagrin of his long-term fiancé Helene. The festival ends with a fight started by Friedolin.

Bianca, the daughter of Krauthas, a charcoal maker, came to St. Eustachen with Martin. She was rumored to have been sacked in town for stealing from her employer. In reality she was fired because of a relationship with Günther, the son of her boss. In St. Eustachen she tries to turn the men's heads. Although she fails because of Martin, she manages to flirt with Friedolin. Friedolin does not spend his father's birthday at home, but goes to the Köhler's hut with his friends, where schnapps is secretly served, Bianca joins the group and Friedolin flirts with her violently. While walking he forgets his knife in the Koehler hut. On the way home, one of Friedolin's friends had a fatal accident on his motorcycle and made Friedolin think about his life for the first time. The vehicle had not yet been paid off, so Friedolin had to borrow a large sum of money from a friend in order to pay the last installments. He hides the money in his room.

There is talk of a possible relationship between Friedolin and Bianca and Friedolin's misbirth in general, which ultimately leads to Friedolin and Helene being betrothed. The mayor appears at the Krauthas and asks him to send his daughter back to town or at least to persuade her to leave the village. However, Bianca decides of her own free will to secretly go to Italy with Günther . Both arrange to meet at a secret meeting point. By chance, Friedolin meets Günther and gets into an argument with him. After Günther drove away, Friedolin finds his watch on the riverbank and takes it. Bianca, on the other hand, does not meet Günther at the agreed meeting point and returns to her father. He now learns that she wanted to escape secretly with Günther.

Shortly before the marriage to Helene, who were reconciled, the criminal police came to Friedolin and asked him about Günther, who was the victim of a violent crime shortly after they met. Friedolin's knife was found not far from the scene of the crime, Friedolin himself owns the victim's watch and the money intended for repayment of the motorcycle is found on him and makes him suspect. To protect his brother, Martin claims that he killed Günther. Both are arrested. Her father Thomas then attempts suicide to commit, but is held by his friend Michel them. Armed with a rifle , Thomas hurries into the mountains.

After long hikes, Thomas meets Krauthas' hut, who is currently burying things. There is an exchange of fire. The charcoal burner collapses not far from the hut and shortly before his death informs the villagers who had hurried over to him that he murdered Günther because he was afraid that his daughter Bianca would leave him. The news triggers the release of Martin and Friedolin. The latter vows to change his life. He learns from Maid Sali that his father has obviously committed suicide. The redeeming news comes from Bianca: Thomas was only shot in the leg by Krauthas and is alive. Now the wedding of Friedolin and Helene can be celebrated. Martin has also found his faith again and will return to the seminary.


The outdoor shots were shot in Laas and St. Jakob, municipality of Kötschach-Mauthen in Carinthia. The interior recordings took place in the Ufa film studio Berlin-Tempelhof. The premiere of the film was on November 18, 1955 in the Rathaus-Lichtspiele in Munich .


The lexicon of the international film called The Försterbuben "common home film".

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Individual evidence

  1. See The Two Thousand One Film Lexicon