On the 6th floor (1961)

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Original title On the 6th floor
Country of production Germany
original language German
Publishing year 1961
length 91, 95 minutes
Age rating FSK 16
Director John Olden
script Eckehard Munck based
on the play " Sixième étage " (1937) by Alfred Gehri
production Walter Koppel
music Franz Grothe
camera Heinz Hölscher
cut Wolfgang Wehrum

On the 6th floor is a German feature film from 1961. Directed by John Olden , his wife Inge Meysel , Sabine Sinjen , Helmuth Lohner and Klausjürgen Wussow play the leading roles.


The story takes place in Paris, in a typical tenement house in which all kinds of parties are housed. There are interpersonal and affair, quarrels and tender amours. There is agreement between the individual residents, especially regarding the landlady Maret. She's in strict control. First of all, she would love to put the hunger artist Max Lescalier and his gossipy wife Germaine, who always sticks her nose into things that are none of their business, in front of the door. Because with his paintings he does not earn the money he needs to pay the rent regularly. Germaine keeps asking Madame to defer the rent one more time. But this time the house owner is fed up: she announces to the Lescaliers that she will be shown outside today. The enchanting Thérèse Hochepot, a young, slightly disabled woman, on the other hand, is kindness in person. She hands Madame Maret the rent for more modest accommodation on the 6th floor, in which the Lescaliers can live at their own expense - on the condition of absolute silence towards the Lescaliers. The easy-going Jeanne, who seems to change her lovers every month, also has to deal with Madame, because Jeanne still owes her two months' rent. Her father Monsieur Hochepot, an accountant with writing ambitions, lives under the same roof as Thérèse. Evening after evening he dictates texts to his daughter for a novel that can safely be classified under the heading of “trivial literature”.

One day a new tenant moves in with the student and recreational composer Pierre Jonval. He brings a breath of fresh air to the 6th floor with his carefree, perhaps a little light-hearted, but very fresh and direct manner. He will take over the Lescaliers' apartment, which has now become vacant. He quickly befriends Thérèse Hochepot, who falls in love with him. Germaine, too, as always driven by irrepressible curiosity about everything that is going on on the 6th floor, likes to seek his proximity. He himself prefers younger semesters and immediately begins to flirt with the bored Jeanne. There is a kiss between the two. The young Jojo, a friend of the Hochepot family, who has secretly fallen in love with Thérèse but does not trust her to confess his feelings, makes Monsieur Hochepot the confession of his love for his daughter. Hochepot replied that he should get Thérèse out of his head, that she wanted to “go higher” and what could he offer her. Meanwhile, Jonval receives a visit from an unspecified lady in gray who, out of old sentimentality, wants to take another look at her old apartment, in which Jonval now lives and with which she has very specific, intense memories.

The next day Thérèse celebrates her birthday, to which Jonval serenades her on the piano and sings. When all the other six-stockers have already left the evening party organized in honor of the Thérèse, Jonval also begins to flirt with her and kisses the shy and insecure girl, who does not really know how to interpret this expression of affection, but who had longed for it so much. She is wax in his hands and they spend the next night together. Jonval then travels to St. Tropez . When he returns, accompanied by the lady in gray, Germaine sees him getting out of her car. At this point, Thérèse is currently visiting her doctor who informs her that she is pregnant. The girl is desperate and doesn't know how to make this clear to the eternal sun boy and womanizer Jonval. Thérèse writes him a letter and slides it under the door of his room when the lady in Grau visits Jonval. When she learns that her lover has taken advantage of the inexperience and carelessness of the young Thérèse, she makes serious reproaches to Jonval. Soon the entire 6th floor knows about Jonval's sex escapade. In desperation, the small high depository swallows an overdose of pills. She will be saved and will soon recover. Now all your neighbors from 6th floor Thérèse are at your side. A final discussion with Jonval leads to the final separation, he moves out. Jojo finally confesses his love to Thérèse. She is overjoyed about this and asks her father to recognize Jojo as his son-in-law. He gives his blessing, and in the final scene the residents of the 6th floor take several taxis to the registry office.

Production notes

The shooting of Im 6. Stock took place in October 1961 in the Real Film studios in Hamburg-Tonndorf and on site in Paris (exterior shots). The film premiered on December 20, 1961.

Hermann Höhn was in charge of production, Karl Junge was in charge of production. The buildings were designed by Mathias Matthies and Ellen Schmidt . Willy Dehmel provided the lyrics to Franz Grothes musical composition . Klaus König assisted chief cameraman Heinz Hölscher .

Inge Meysel, Gert Niemitz and Charlotte Kramm also played in the two previously filmed TV versions of this popular tabloid material from 1954 and 1958 and embodied the same roles there as in the theatrical version from 1961.


In the lexicon of international films it says: "Cheerful, touching entertainment in the style of a French folk play."

Paimann's film lists summed up: "A mostly burlesque, at times pensive fable, which - staged fluently and sympathetically by Germans, the French milieu - hardly looks at the stage accusation. Funny dialogues, suitable illustration music."

Individual evidence

  1. On the 6th floor. In: Lexicon of International Films . Film service , accessed October 16, 2015 .Template: LdiF / Maintenance / Access used 
  2. On the 6th floor in Paimann's film lists ( memento of the original from April 6, 2016 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link has been inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / old.filmarchiv.at

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