Film Info: Hauptmann von Koepenick, Der

Captain of Koepenick, The (Hauptmann von Koepenick, Der)

People have been laughing about the daring prank of the “Captain of Koepenick” for about half a century, on which Carl Zuckmayer based his stage play. This is the tragicomical story of the Berlin shoemaker Wilhelm Voigt who donned an old captain’s uniform, “arrested” the mayor of Koepenick and “confiscated” the city treasury containing over four thousand Marks. He exploited the blind obedience to state authority because, under the regulations of bureaucracy, there was no place for him.


Helmut Kaeutner was born in 1908 in Duesseldorf and died in 1980 in Italy. He studied German, Art History, Philosophy, Psychology and Theater Studies and was one of the founding members of the cabaret group "Die vier Nachrichter", which was banned in 1935. Originally working in the theater as an actor and director, he began his film work as a scriptwriter. His directorial debut was with the film Kitty and the World Conference (Kitty und die Weltkonferenz, 1939), but the film was withdrawn by the Nazi government due to its "pro-English tendencies". His other films include: Kleider machen Leute (1940), Auf Wiedersehen, Franziska! (1941), Anuschka (1942), Romance in a Minor Key (Romanze in Moll, 1943), Great Freedom No. 7 (Grosse Freiheit Nr. 7, 1944), Seven Journeys (In jenen Tagen, 1947), The Original Sin (Der Apfel ist ab, 1948), The Last Bridge (Die letzte Bruecke, 1953) - winner of a German Film Award in 1954, Sky Without Stars (Himmel ohne Sterne, 1955), The Devil's General (Des Teufels General, 1955), The Captain of Koepenik (Der Hauptmann von Koepenik, 1956) - winner of two German Film Awards in 1957, The Affairs of Julie (Die Zuercher Verlobung, 1957), The Restless Years (Zu jung, 1958), Stranger in My Arms (Ein Fremder in meinen Armen, 1959), Lausbubengeschichten (1964), and Die Feuerzangenbowle (1970), among others.
Genre Tragicomedy
Category Feature
Year of Production 1956
Director Helmut Kaeutner
Screenplay Helmut Kaeutner, Carl Zuckmayer
Cinematography Albert Benitz
Cast Heinz Ruehmann, Martin Held, Hannelore Schroth, Willy A. Kleinau, Leonard Steckel, Friedrich Domin
Producer Gyula Trebitsch
Production Company Real Film
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Awards German Film Award 1957

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