At 17 you don't cry

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Original title At 17 you don't cry
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Country of production Federal Republic of Germany
original language German
Publishing year 1960
length 102 minutes
Age rating FSK 16
Director Alfred Vohrer
script Janne Furch ,
Joachim Wedekind
production Ultra-Film GmbH ( Josef Wolf )
music Ernst Simon
camera Kurt Hasse
cut Klaus Eckstein

At 17 you don't cry is a German film drama by director Alfred Vohrer . The black and white film produced by West Berliner Ultra-Film was shot in 1960 in Hamburg and Oberammergau . The world premiere took place on April 7, 1960 at the World Games in Hanover . In Austria the film was also shown under the distribution title Tagebuch einer Verführten .


The 18-year-old student Horst Döring is married to the 17-year-old laboratory assistant Karin. Little did the parents know that the marriage was based on a lie. They gave their consent to marry on the pretext of faking pregnancy. Horst is repeatedly ridiculed by his classmates as a "honeymooner". Only his friend Georg, who is dependent on a wheelchair due to polio , sticks to him. After Horst was even offended with cynical remarks by his math professor, he dropped out of school shortly before graduating from high school.

When Dr. Kurt Wegener, Horst's stepfather as well as boss and syndic of a textile factory, learns of this step, and blocks his stepson's pocket money. Instead of looking around for an income opportunity, Horst first makes up for his honeymoon with his wife in the Bavarian mountains with the money he has saved.

After returning, Karin is more and more of the mature and superior Dr. Wegener is impressed. There is even an affair between the two, which does not go unnoticed. When Horst finds out about this, he is determined to shoot his stepfather. However, his friend Georg gets ahead of him and Wegener is injured. When Horst's paralyzed friend is to be sentenced, Dr. Kurt Wegener as defense attorney. He realizes that he, too, should have directed the course of things in a sensible way in good time, and confesses himself to be complicit.

History of origin


Alfred Vohrer , a busy dubbing director in the 1950s , had already directed three of his own films in 1958 and 1959. All of these works were youthful and youthful problem films that were popular at the time . Vohrer's third film, Verbrechen after school (1959), impressed both audiences and critics and is considered to be the director's artistic and commercial breakthrough. For example, Ultra-Film planned to produce a youth problem film under Vohrer's direction in the following year.

Pre-production and script

The novel of the same name by Heinz Gärtner , published in the magazine Frau im Spiegel , served as a template for the film At 17 you don't cry . The script was written by Janne Furch and Joachim Wedekind .

An attractive cast list was put together from young and established actors. The leading actress Barbara Frey had started her career in 1958 in the thug drama Endstation Liebe . Matthias Fuchs was known to the audience especially since his role as Ethelbert in the Immenhof films . Other young actors who already had film experience were Michael Verhoeven , Ann Smyrner , Claus Wilcke and Georg Kostya . The then 19-year-old Jochen Busse , on the other hand, was at the very beginning of his career and was seen here in one of his first film roles. On the adult side, the actors Heinz Drache and Gisela Uhlen deserve special mention. Director Alfred Vohrer later worked with them on several Edgar Wallace films , among other things . The actor Jochen Brockmann mentioned in some cast lists does not appear in the film.


The shooting took place from January 18 to early March 1960 in Hamburg and Oberammergau . The interior shots were shot in the Real-Film studios in Hamburg-Tonndorf . For the Design were Mathias Matthies and Ellen Schmidt responsible. The sound engineer was Werner Schlagge .

Film music

The music for the film was written by Ernst Simon , who worked with Vohrer on the film Crimes After School . The trumpet solos were recorded by Horst Fischer . The film program booklet Illustrierte Film-Bühne also mentions the song sung by Rex Gildo At 17, you don't cry (music: Ernst Simon, text: Michael Moll). However, the televised version of the film does not contain an opening credits or a vocal number. Therefore it is currently not known whether Gildo himself appears in the uncut version of the film or whether the hit can only be heard during the opening credits. The piece has not yet appeared on any phonogram.



The FSK released the film on April 4, 1960 in a version shortened by five minutes for those aged 16 and over. The premiere took place on April 7th at the World Games in Hanover . In Austria the film was shown in its original length under the distribution title Tagebuch einer Verführten . The fact that the film aroused few benevolent words, especially in church film reviews, had little to do with its success at the box office. In his fourth film, Alfred Vohrer also provided evidence of his talent for effectively bringing a dramatic story onto the screen with fast camera pans and zooms . The increasing turning away from adults by young people, as Georg Tressler had thematized in 1958 in his film Endstation Liebe , was staged a few years later in films such as At 17 you don't cry .

The film was later shown several times on television in an abridged version. A further publication has not yet taken place.


"Except for minor inconsistencies, dealing with immaturity and early marriage in more detail; [...] Polished dialogue, varied direction, elegant interiors, background music, clean technology. "

- Paimann's film lists , April 1960

“When real problems are twisted that way and generations are played off against each other in this way, the point is psychological evidence. Here one helped oneself with the - Bible. During the pathetic sermon of the self-guilty father-in-law in the courtroom - a final tearful also in the auditorium - the moral maturation process took place in a flash on the faces of everyone involved. "

- Hamburger Abendblatt , June 1960

“The 18-year-old stepson of a Hamburg manufacturer and a 17-year-old pharmacy employee faked a pregnancy in order to be able to get married. Soon the father-in-law breaks up with the young woman. From then on, the cheap and miserably staged colportage story goes according to the motto 'everyone against everyone'. "

"The later Edgar Wallace and Simmel filmmaker Alfred Vohrer had to rightly put up with the charge that his story is 'lying to the point of indecency'."

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. 102 minutes for cinema projection (24 images / second), 98 minutes for television playback (25 images / second), film length: 2800 meters (original version), 2665 meters (shortened version)
  2. ^ Lutz Keßler: Youth and film during the Adenauer time . ( Memento of the original from December 12, 2015 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was automatically inserted and not yet checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. (Summary) @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  3. At 17 you don't cry . In: Paimann's film lists . No. 2539 , April 27, 1960 ( ).
  4. You don't cry at seventeen . In: Hamburger Abendblatt . June 1, 1960, p. 7 ( [PDF; 2.0 MB ]).
  5. At 17 you don't cry. In: Lexicon of International Films . Film service , accessed July 1, 2017 .Template: LdiF / Maintenance / Access used