The princess of St. Wolfgang

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Original title The princess of St. Wolfgang
The Princess of St Wolfgang Logo 001.svg
Country of production Germany
original language German
Publishing year 1957
length 93 minutes
Age rating FSK 12
Director Harald Reinl
script J. Joachim Bartsch ,
Harald Reinl
production Ernst Neubach
for Neubach Film
music Klaus Ogermann
camera Ernst W. Kalinke
cut Lieselotte Prattes

The Princess of St. Wolfgang is a German homeland film by Harald Reinl from 1957. It is based on a novella by Ernst Neubach .


After several years of studying law for six semesters away, Princess Josi von Leuchtenberg is returning to her home village of St. Wolfgang and thus also to her parents' castle Leuchtingen. At the train station she is greeted not only by her little brother Franzl, but also by her sandpit friend Toni Leitner. He is friends with Franzl and has since built up his own existence with a small car workshop.

In Josi's absence, the patriarch Princess Isabella arranged her wedding to her distant relative, Prince Georg Alexander. The wedding is to take place in Cannes . One of her mother's wishes is that Josi can drive to Cannes in her own car. Josi therefore takes driving lessons from Toni. During the first long drive and unsafe behind the wheel, Josi damages the car of a reporter who photographs the two in his rage. When he later found out in the tavern that the couple in the car were a mechanic and a princess, he had an article printed in his newspaper about an alleged love affair between the two. This causes a scandal in the aristocratic family. Princess Isabella herself appears in St. Wolfgang, ensures that Josi does not take any more driving lessons from Toni, and now officially announces Josi's engagement to Georg Alexander. She travels on to Cannes.

Meanwhile, Toni has left the ducal castle disappointed, he doesn't know why he is no longer allowed to give Josi driving lessons. Franzl secretly wants to tell Toni everything and steals the car keys for Josi's car. Later, the dissolved Josi appears at Toni's house because Franzl has disappeared. Together they find the car hanging from a steep wall in a tree. Franzl is stuck in the car and can be saved by Toni at the last second. Josi's mother now has scruples about prohibiting Josi's relationship with Toni. Both go to Salzburg to present an invention by Tonis to an uncle Josis, which again causes excitement in aristocratic circles. Josi's mother is also worried now, especially since Josi confesses to her that she loves Toni. Only when she realizes that her reputation and that of her family would be forever destroyed does Josi break away from Toni despite her admitted love. Josi's uncle, who was influenced by Princess Isabella, has now been offered a job in Australia and accepts it. Josi goes to Cannes, where she meets Georg Alexander at the quickly arranged engagement party. She confesses to him that she loves someone else, but still wants to be a good wife to him. Only when Princess Isabella receives a photo from the reporter in which Josi and Toni can be seen in a loving embrace and which is exactly the same in structure as the picture of Isabella with her only great love, the Princess lets herself be softened. The next day she drives with Georg Alexander and Josi to Marseille, from where Toni is supposed to travel to Australia. A little later the wedding of Toni and Josi takes place in St. Wolfgang, which now loses its title of nobility, but when Josi Leitner becomes the "Princess of St. Wolfgang" for the residents.


The moated castle Anif, in the film the castle Leuchtingen

Shortly after the filming of The Fisherwoman from Lake Constance was finished , Ernst Neubach began preparing for the film The Princess of St. Wolfgang . Numerous actors were taken on, so again Marianne Hold and Gerhard Riedmann played the main roles. The script was written by Ernst Neubach and based on current reports in the gossip press about the affair of the descendant of Emperor Franz Josef, Stefanie zu Windisch-Grätz, with the car mechanic Josef Christoforetti, who married in May 1956. After the premiere of the film, Christoforetti sued the production company for violation of personal rights; the trial ended in a settlement.

The shooting took place from March 1957 in St. Wolfgang , in the Salzkammergut , in Salzburg , Cannes , the garden of the Villa Ephrussi and in Marseille . The Leuchtingen Castle of the aristocratic Leuchtenberg family was found in Anif Castle in Anif . Atypical for home films of the time, scenes were also shot on the Gaisberg : Toni and Josi take part in the inauguration ceremony of the Gaisberg station rather by chance . The Carlton-Film-Atelier in Munich served as a studio.

The premiere of the film took place on July 22, 1957 in the Stuttgart Universum . It was first shown on television on June 16, 1985 on Sat. 1 .

The three songs A man like you , In the south lies a harbor and you are a fairy tale wrote Ernst Neubach .


The lexicon of international films called The Princess of St. Wolfgang a "common home film with a soul, music and slapstick."


  • The princess of Sankt Wolfgang . In: Kristina Pöschl, Miriam Trescher, Reinhard Weber: Harald Reinl. The director who brought Winnetou, Edgar Wallace and the Nibelungen to the cinema. A bio and filmography . Reinhard Weber Fachverlag for film literature, Landshut 2011, ISBN 978-3-9809390-9-6 , pp. 63-64.

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  1. The Princess of Saint Wolfgang . In: Kristina Pöschl, Miriam Trescher, Reinhard Weber: Harald Reinl. The director who brought Winnetou, Edgar Wallace and the Nibelungen to the cinema. A bio and filmography . Reinhard Weber specialist publisher for film literature, Landshut 2011, p. 64.
  2. Klaus Brüne (Ed.): Lexicon of International Films . Volume 6. Rowohlt, Reinbek bei Hamburg 1990, p. 2995.