Large ring with an outer loop

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Original title Large ring with an outer loop
Country of production Germany
original language German
Publishing year 1966
length 92 minutes
Age rating FSK 6
Director Eugene York
script Heinz Oskar Wuttig
production Südwestfunk Baden-Baden
music Hans-Martin Majewski
camera Erich Stoll
cut Siegfried Kehl

Large ring with outer loop is an entertainment film by German-Russian director Eugen York from 1966. Gustav Knuth plays a tram driver in Berlin. The strip, conceived as a television film, is based on a radio play published in the 1950s.


The tram driver Franz Lehmhuhn has his heart in the right place. He doesn't let anything come up to his job, which he loves above all else. He proudly steers his car into the "outer loop" to the new suburb where Hilde Sperling runs a kiosk. The widower and father of two children fell in love with the woman. One day they want to deny him his fitness as a driver because of an old knee injury. He is up against what he sees as an unjust decision. Even the termination without notice and a few days in prison did not dissuade him from fighting for his professional rehabilitation by all means. He doesn't even shrink from kidnapping a tram.


Screenwriter Heinz Oskar Wuttig wrote the material back in the 1950s, which was first broadcast as a radio play by ARD on Hessischer Rundfunk in 1954 . Wuttig reworked the piece for the TV version (shot in 1965).


The outdoor scenes were filmed in West Berlin a year before the tram traffic was shut down on October 2, 1967 and are therefore considered to be a contemporary document.

In November 1966, in the comic series " Suske en Wiske " in Belgium, a volume with the title "Wattman" appeared, in which a tram driver who was also dismissed kidnapped a tram and used it to drive through the city (Antwerp) at night, transporting random passers-by.


"Humorous folk piece by the courageous little man who asserts himself against bureaucratic superiors after all sorts of injustices."

Web links


  • Lexicon of television games. De Gruyter publishing house; Edition: Reprint 2011 (January 1, 1991), p. 238. ISBN 3-598-10921-0

Individual evidence

  1. Release certificate for the large ring with outer loop . Voluntary self-regulation of the film industry , February 2010 (PDF; test number: 121 636 V).
  2. "Large ring with outer loop" in the magazine Gong No. 5/1966, p. 26