Emil und die Detektive

Synopsis: Emil goes to Berlin to see his grandma with a large amount of money and is offered sweets by a strange man that make him sleep. He wakes up at his stop with no money, it is up to him and a group of children to save the day.
75 min

UFA presents:


Based on the novel

by Erich Kastner

Produced by:


Directed by:


The detectives:

Also starring:

The film's premiere was held

on December 12, 1931 at the UFA theatre

on Kurfurstendamm in Berlin.

I'll teach that boy a lesson.

I wonder where he is.

The train's leaving in an hour.


You let the boy travel

to Berlin alone?


He just needs to be careful.

- What about all that traffic?

- I'm not a kid anymore, Mrs. Hubler.

So there you are.

Now get ready.

Warm water, Mrs. Tischbein?


Everything's laid out and ready.

Now, Mrs. Hubler...

Mother, can you tell me

who invented the sunday suit?


That guy ought to be killed!

I'm sorry.

- Here you are.

- You should finally get a hair dryer!

She probably also wants a perm

for the 50 pfennig she paid.

Now, Emil

here's what's most important.

Here are 140 marks:

One 100 mark bill

and two 20 mark bills.

Be careful and put it

in your pocket.

Tell grandma not to be mad, we were

a bit short of money last time.

Now it won't climb out,

Mrs. Tischbein.

That's good.

What else do you have to mind?

First, I mustn't get my suitcase stolen.

Second, I mustn't spoil my suit.

And third?

To mind the cars in Berlin.

Eighth, I must brush my teeth

at least twice a week.

I surely will!

In Berlin you get off

at "Friedrich Street".

Grandma will be waiting for you.

Give her the flowers right away.

Pony Hutchen will also be there.

Pony Hutchen?

Wait a moment,

I think I forgot something.

- What've you got there?

- Something for Pony Hutchen.

Very nice.

Come on, put it

in your pocket.

Now we'll have to hurry,

or else we're going to be late.

Come on!

Mrs. Tischbein...

Hello, Mr. Jeschke.

Just a moment.

This is about something

rather unpleasant...

Yesterday your shop was

still open at five past seven.

- If that happens again...

- Officer, you know how hard it is these days

- to earn just a couple of marks.

- I'll let it pass this one time,

but next time...

The monument

has been desecrated.

One of those rascals...

If I catch him

he'll get ten years.

Ten years in prison?

Enjoy your holidays, young chap!

Where are you off to?

- To Berlin

- To Berlin!

There's still a free seat left.

Here, the flowers.

Give my regards to grandma

and Pony Hutchen.

It will be done immediately,

Mrs. Tischbein.

- And please, for the sake of God...

- ...take care of the money! I know.

Send me a postcard when

you get there. And behave well.

Don't overwork yourself and

don't get ill. I'll be back soon.

- Goodbye.

- Goodbye.

Excuse me, is this seat taken?

No, sit down.

Thank you.

Thanks, young chap.

So where's this big trip

taking you?

To Berlin.

To Berlin, really?

So you're on vacation?

Yes, but I've also got business

to attend to.


My, my!

Your first time in Berlin?

You'll be in for a surprise.

They've buildings that are

It's true.

It takes three months

to get to the top by foot.

So you just take the lift.

Each lift has a kitchen.

So you won't have to

starve on the way.

And if you want to get

to another district

then you just go

to a post office.

They'll put you in a tube

and shoot you to wherever

your business is.

And if you're ever broke in Berlin

you just go to the bank,

pawn your brain

and receive 1000 marks for it.

A person can survive two days

without a brain.

And you'll only get it back if you

pay 1200 instead of 1000 marks.

You must've pawned

your brain, too.

Why tell the kid such nonsense?

Please be so kind and hold this.

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