WriterWerner Jacobs (film), Franz Seitz (screenplay) CastHansi Kraus (Pepe Nietnagel), Peter Alexander (Dr. Peter Bach), Heintje Simons (Jan), Theo Lingen (Oberstudiendirektor Dr. Gottlieb Taft), Gerlinde Locker (Julia Schumann), Werner Finck (Ministerialdirektor von Schnorr) Related Werner Jacobs moviesPeter Alexander and Heintje Simons appear in Hurrah - the School Is Burning and Zum Teufel mit der Penne, Werner Jacobs directed Hurrah - the School Is Burning and Zur Holle mit den Paukern, Theo Lingen and Rudolf Schundler appear in Hurrah - the School Is Burning and Morgen fallt die Schule aus, Heintje Simons appears in Hurrah - the School Is Burning and Heintje: A Heart Goes on a Journey, Werner Jacobs directed Hurrah - the School Is Burning and Das fliegende Klassenzimmer
Hurra, die Schule brennt! (English: Hurrah, the School Is Burning) is a 1969 German comedy film directed by Werner Jacobs and starring Peter Alexander, Heintje Simons and Theo Lingen. It is the fourth of a series of school comedy films under the collective title Die Lümmel von der ersten Bank ("The Brats from the Front Bench Row"), all of them starring Hansi Kraus and Theo Lingen.
Dr. Peter Bach, a young and excellent teacher, has been mistakenly diverted to the village of Tuttelbach, where he teaches at the local elementary school. When the head of the Education Ministry, von Schnorr, attempts to correct that mistake, he finds Dr. Bach unwilling to leave since he has come to enjoy the easy and picturesque village life. However, in the end Bach is left with no other choice when von Schnorr accidentally drops his burning cigar into the school room's waste basket, where it quickly starts a fire that burns the school to the ground.
Dr. Bach (Peter Alexander) and his nephew Jan (Heintje Simons) move to Baden-Baden, where Bach is assigned to the notorious Class 12a of the Mommsen-Gymnasium. Pepe Nietnagel (Hansi Kraus) and his classmates are not looking forward to meet their new teacher, but Dr. Bach's easy-going and frank personality soon gains their genuine sympathy and support. Oberstudiendirektor Dr. Taft (Theo Lingen) as the old-fashioned traditionalist he is, however, just as quickly disapproves of Dr. Bach's approach to the students, and together with the majority teaching staff's majority (this not including young music teacher Julia Schumann, played by Gerlinde Locker) decide to get rid of him as quickly as possible. When Pepe and his friends learn about this, they begin to fight tooth and nail to keep Dr. Bach at their school, culminating in a school play in which Dr. Bach and the students present a very liberal re-interpretation of Schiller's William Tell.
Hansi Kraus as Pepe Nietnagel
Peter Alexander as Dr. Peter Bach
Heintje Simons as Jan
Theo Lingen as Oberstudiendirektor Dr. Taft
Gerlinde Locker as Julia Schumann
Werner Finck as Von Schnorr
Rudolf Schündler as Studienrat Dr. Knörz
Ruth Stephan as Studienrätin Dr. Pollhagen
Alexander Golling as Blaumeier
Hans Terofal as Pedell Bloch
Harald Juhnke as Referent
Wolfgang Gruner as Kurt Nietnagel
Carola Höhn as Frau Nietnagel
"Hurra, die Schule brennt" ("Hooray, the School Is Burning") ... Peter Alexander and children's choir
"Wir zwei verstehn uns gut" ("The Two of Us Get Along Well") ... Peter Alexander and Heintje
"Wie Böhmen noch bei Österreich war" ("When Bohemia was still part of Austria") ... Peter Alexander
"Klein sein, das ist schön" ("Being Young is Nice") ... Heintje
"Wilhelm Tell-Song" ... Peter Alexander and choir
"Immer wieder" ("Again and Again") ... Peter Alexander and Heintje
"Liebesträume" ("Love Dreams") ... Peter Alexander