Just One Night (1950)

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Original title Only one night
Country of production Germany
original language German
Publishing year 1950
length 82 minutes
Age rating FSK 16
Director Fritz Kirchhoff
script Gustav Kampendonk
production Pontus film production Fritz Kirchhoff, Hamburg-Berlin
music Hans-Otto Borgmann
camera Ekkehard Kyrath
cut Rosemarie Weinert

Just one night is a German feature film from 1949. Directed by Fritz Kirchhoff . The two main roles were occupied by Marianne Hoppe and Hans Söhnker . Gustav Kampendonk wrote the script . In the Federal Republic of Germany, the film was first shown on April 21, 1950 in Düsseldorf.


The film takes place in Hamburg shortly after the Second World War. The protagonists are a woman and a man whose names are not mentioned. He used to earn his living as the captain of a large steamer. Now he lives in a furnished attic and works in a subordinate position on land. She has been waiting patiently for her husband to return for six years. Then she learns that he has meanwhile found happiness with another woman.

One day the woman and the man meet in an amusement bar on the Reeperbahn . They dance and kiss together. Everyone feels the other's need, but quickly suppresses the thought. The two spend the night together in a hotel. The day after, they were woken up by a police raid. Because the man forgot his ID, he fled. The woman is provisionally arrested and taken to the police station. There she is interrogated by a police superintendent. After hearing the woman's life story, she shows understanding for her situation and lets her go. The man later asks the policewoman for the woman's address. But the Commissioner cannot help him. But as luck would have it, the woman and the man soon run into each other again. Will they finally come together now?

Production notes

The film was produced in the Hamburg-Ohlstedt, Hamburg-Heiligengeistfeld and Berlin-Tempelhof studios. Most of the outdoor shots were taken on the Reeperbahn in Hamburg's St. Pauli district and in the port of Hamburg . The buildings were designed by the film architect Ernst H. Albrecht . Hans-Otto Borgmann composed the music.


"Sour melodrama that tries (despite good actors) without persuasive power to make clear the lack of roots in the people of this time."


Program for the film: Illustrierte Film-Bühne , Verlag Filmbühne GmbH, Munich, No. 669

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Alfred Bauer : German feature film Almanach. Volume 2: 1946-1955 , p. 142
  2. rororo-Taschenbuch Nr. 6322 (1988), p. 2702