Vagabonds (1949)

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German title Vagabonds of love
Original title Vagabonds
Country of production Austria
original language German
Publishing year 1949
length 108 minutes
Age rating FSK 12
Director Rolf Hansen
script Juliane Kay
Tibor Yost
Rolf Hansen
production ÖFA Schönbrunn film
music Anton Profes
camera Oskar Schnirch
cut Herma Sandtner

and Carl Möhner , Hugo Gottschlich , Franz Böheim , Mathilde Puthhofer

Vagabonds , distributed in Germany as vagabonds of love , is an Austrian fictional film from 1949 by Rolf Hansen with the couple Paula Wessely and Attila Hörbiger in the leading roles. The story is based on the play of the same name by Juliane Kay , who was also involved in the script.


The physician Dr. Peter Kamma has been working with pediatrician Dr. Elisabeth Kamma married. The marriage ran in narrow, unexciting trajectories, seems somehow stuck. One day Peter meets the much younger actress Gaby Elder, who appears to him as a life-freshening injection of vitamins in her youthful and carefree way. Peter leaves his wife, who he doesn't know is expecting a child, and gets involved in an affair with Gaby. However, he does not realize that he is just a nice pastime for Gaby, who obviously soon starts to bore her. In any case, the future film diva starts another affair one day, this time with a film producer from whom Gaby expects a career jump.

From now on it goes with Dr. Peter Kamma steeply downhill: He begins to drink disproportionately much. One day, while drunk, a small child runs in front of his car and is seriously injured. In order to save it, Peter Kamma immediately commits the next devastating mistake and begins to operate it himself, despite constant warnings from well-meaning colleagues. The operation threatens to go wrong, the child is between life and death. Peter's still-wife Elisabeth appears like a saving angel and takes over the case. The two then have a discussion. Because Elisabeth still loves her husband Peter, she forgives him for the wrong step, and both Kammas, who will soon be parents, get together again. The (just as realistic as sobering) closing words belong to Elisabeth, who also explains the film's title: “Feelings are vagabonds. Sometimes they hire themselves out like servants on a farm and have the best will to stay. But only very rarely does a feeling stay in the same place forever. "

Production notes

Vagabunden was made in Salzburg (studio and outdoor shots) and was premiered on October 18, 1949 in Vienna. The German premiere took place on March 3, 1950, the Berlin premiere was on November 1, 1950. On September 9, 1973, the film was shown for the first time on German television ( ZDF ).

Friedrich Erban took over the production management, Julius von Borsody designed the film structures. Carl Möhner made his film debut here with a tiny role.

In 1950 the film received the Graf Kolowrat Sascha challenge cup from the Austrian Federal Ministry for Education for the best Austrian film of 1950.


In the time was to read in the spring of 1950: "The plot is so much seen from the female perspective, which also highlights in love the maternal that Paula Wessely art of shaping people found a place to start. (...) She has made her way to a selflessness of love, which she sums up smilingly: "Feelings are vagabonds. Sometimes they work like servants on a farm and have the best will to stay. But ... only very rarely does one stay Feeling always and forever in the same place. " The passion of this insight gives Wessely the opportunity to be all that and to show what makes it unique in the area of ​​German-speaking human representation. Rolf Hansen's direction is not looking for any special effects as much as he has gathered from known Wessely films. In addition to the ideal partnership of Attila Hörbiger, who ... has also changed as an actor from nature boy to sensitive character actor, this film ... highlights Elfie Gerhard as the new face. "

In the lexicon of international films it says: "Staging at best mediocre melodrama, impressive due to the acting skills of Paula Wessely and Attila Hörbiger."

Individual evidence

  1. Article “Female Perspective”, in Die Zeit of March 9, 1950 , accessed on March 1, 2020
  2. ^ Vagabonds. In: Lexicon of International Films . Film service , accessed March 1, 2020 .Template: LdiF / Maintenance / Access used 

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