Senior Physician Dr. Solm

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Original title Senior Physician Dr. Solm
Country of production Germany
original language German
Publishing year 1955
length 95 minutes
Age rating FSK 12
Director Paul May
script Ilse Lotz-Dupont
Kurt Heuser based on the novel
of the same name by Harald Baumgarten
production Paul May
music Norbert Schultze
camera Hans Schneeberger
cut Heinz Haber

Senior Physician Dr. Solm is a German black and white film from 1954 directed by Paul May . Ilse Lotz-Dupont and Kurt Heuser wrote the script . It is based on the novel of the same name by Harald Baumgarten . The main roles are occupied by Hans Söhnker , Sybil Werden and Antje Weisgerber . The film first hit the cinemas on March 17, 1955.


Dr. Karl Solm is a capable and ambitious senior physician at Professor Möllenhauer's private clinic . His specialty is brain surgery , with the leukotomy , which is controversial in specialist circles, particularly close to his heart. One of his opponents is the psychiatrist Professor Berding. His son suffers from an organic mental illness. When the two professors were at a medical congress in America, Elisabeth Berding asked Dr. Solm to operate on her son. You can no longer watch the boy's suffering. She also provides a declaration of consent from her husband. Möllenhauer's daughter Claudia, who represents her father in the management of the clinic, has doubts about the authenticity of the signature. As a precaution, she telegraphs Professor Berding and asks for confirmation of her permission to operate. The answer comes promptly: No! But Solm has already operated.

Back at home again, Berding successfully tries to make Solm's joy in his work in the hospital die. Möllenhauer also no longer stands by his senior physician. After all, Solm no longer holds on to the clinic; he quits.

In a village in the Bavarian Alps, Solm takes over a country doctor's practice. The longer he does his work there, the more he changes from a once celebrated fashion doctor to a simple, humble helper. His young sister Regine is a great help. She senses that her boss is carrying an incriminating secret with him. She secretly researches his past in order to be able to assist him at the crucial moment. One day Angelika Berding turns up unexpectedly in the mountain village and wants to bring the doctor back. She has always been connected to him in love and now hopes that their long-lost relationship can be renewed. Angelika's brother Benvenuto has steadily recovered after Solm's operation and has now completely recovered. However, Solm has lost interest in his adversary's daughter. He now knows that his true love belongs only to Regine.

As a changed doctor and person, Solm finally returns to his old clinic in the city, accompanied by Regine.


The music for the strip comes from Norbert Schultze . In the film you can hear the song “Jonas Mambo” from him, based on a text by Bruno Balz . The outdoor shots were taken in the Austrian communities of Kufstein and Kitzbühel , the indoor shots in the CCC-Film studios in Berlin-Spandau. The buildings were designed by the film architects Mathias Matthies and Karl Vollbrecht . Ursula Hey was responsible for the costumes.


The lexicon of international films draws the following conclusion: "Melodrama with a hodgepodge of entertainment elements: twin birth on New Year's Eve, farmer's death in a stable, mountain landscape, snow, church, dance, financial worries, Christmas trees ..."


Program for the film: Das Neue Film-Programm , published by H. Klemmer & Co., Neustadt an der Weinstrasse, without a number

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Individual evidence

  1. Lexicon of International Films, rororo-Taschenbuch No. 6322 (1988), p. 2818