Director Werner Jacobs
Costume design Ina Stein
Initial release December 18, 1969
Running time 1h 37m
|Writer Werner Jacobs (film), Franz Seitz (screenplay)|
Cast Hansi 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)
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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.
ReferencesHurra, die Schule brennt! Wikipedia
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