A young shoemaker is arrested for stealing a small amount of money, and is released after being jailed for 15 years. He wants to have a pass to get a job and start anew, but without a job he doesn’t get a pass; and without a pass, he doesn’t get a job. He gets into the net of Prussian bureaucracy, and can’t see a solution. Until he enters a small Second-Hand Shop, and sees a Prussian Uniform that fits him like a second skin…
Director: Helmut Käutner. AKA The Captain from Köpenick
Writers: Carl Zuckmayer (play), Helmut Käutner (screenplay) Carl Zuckmayer (screenplay).
Stars: Heinz Rühmann, Martin Held, Hannelore Schroth, Willy A. Kleinau, Leonard Steckel, Friedrich Domin, Erich Schellow, Walter Giller, Wolfgang Neuss, Bum Krüger, Joseph Offenbach, Ilse Fürstenberg, Maria Sebaldt, Edith Hancke, Ethel Reschke.
1956 Venice Film Festival – Nominated for the Golden Lion.
1957 Academy Awards – Nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.