Hocus Pocus (1953)
|Country of production||Germany|
|Age rating||FSK 12|
Hokuspokus is a German comedy film by director Kurt Hoffmann . The black and white film from 1953 was the second film adaptation of the play of the same name by Curt Goetz , who wrote the script himself and played the leading roles together with his wife Valérie von Martens . The world premiere took place on September 1, 1953 in the Tower Palace in Frankfurt am Main .
Slender Agda Kjerulf is accused of murdering her husband, the unsuccessful painter Hilmar, on a boat trip together. After her lawyer resigns from his mandate, the mysterious Peer Bille steps in as a witty and active defense attorney, who, however, is exposed as the defendant's lover and confesses to the murder. Eventually, the judge's friend, Mr. Graham, makes a momentous discovery, and the process takes an unexpected turn.
The play was filmed for the first time as early as 1930 - directed by Gustav Ucicky with Lilian Harvey and Willy Fritsch in the leading roles. In addition, Uckicy staged a second, English-language film adaptation with the same staff and part of the ensemble (again including Lilian Harvey), in which Laurence Olivier had taken over the part of Willy Fritsch. A third film adaptation followed in 1965/66 , again directed by Kurt Hoffmann; this time with Heinz Rühmann and Liselotte Pulver in the leading roles.
- Lexicon of international film : judicial comedy that leads the viewer by the nose in a witty and subtle humor.
- The Wiesbaden film evaluation agency awarded the production the title valuable .
- Curt Goetz : Hocus pocus . In the other : Hocus pocus and Die tote Aante and other incidents . Stage Works, Volume 2. Droemer-Knaur, Munich and Zurich 1964, (156 pages)
- Hoax in the Internet Movie Database (English)
- Staff and cast at deutscher-tonfilm.de ( memento from December 26, 2007 in the Internet Archive )
- Hocus-pocus at filmportal.de