Hocus Pocus (1953)

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Original title Hocus-pocus
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Country of production Germany
original language German
Publishing year 1953
length 89 minutes
Age rating FSK 12
Director Kurt Hoffmann
script Curt Goetz
production Hans Domnick
music Franz Grothe
camera Richard fear
cut Fritz Stapenhorst

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 shooting took place from April 20 to June 13, 1953 in the Goettingen film studio and in the vicinity of Goettingen. The film architects were Hermann Warm and Kurt Herlth .

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)

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Individual evidence

  1. 89 minutes for cinema projection (24 images / second), 86 minutes for television playback (25 images / second), film length: 2440 meters
  2. Hocus pocus. In: Lexicon of International Films . Film service , accessed June 2, 2017 .Template: LdiF / Maintenance / Access used