Gentlemen in White Vests

Gentlemen in White Vests (German: Die Herren mit der weißen Weste) is a 1970 German comedy film directed by Wolfgang Staudte and starring Martin Held, Walter Giller and Heinz Erhardt.[1]

Gentlemen in White Vests
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Directed byWolfgang Staudte
Produced byFritz Klotsch
Horst Wendlandt
Written byHorst Wendlandt
Paul Hengge
StarringMartin Held
Walter Giller
Heinz Erhardt
Mario Adorf
Music byPeter Thomas
CinematographyKarl Löb
Edited byJane Seitz
Distributed byUnited Artists
Release date
  • 12 March 1970 (1970-03-12)
Running time
90 minutes
CountryWest Germany

It was shot at the Spandau Studios and on location around Berlin at the Olympiastadion, Tempelhof Airport and Charlottenburg.


At the beginning of the film, gangster Bruno Stiegler alias Dandy returns to West Berlin from the United States as a boxing promoter. The boxing business serves him more as a camouflage, however, because soon it turns out that he and his gang want to realize various planned raids. The now retired Judge Zänker has tried in vain to put Dandy behind bars by legal means during his active service. Now he turns the tables with his friends and sister Elisabeth. His old friends and colleagues meet as a man's choir disguised in his home and prove to be a pensioner's gang, taking on Dandy's gang. He succeeds in this by using the ex-con as a snitch in Dandy's gang.

Dandy wants to steal the revenue from a Hertha BSC football match from the Olympic Stadium, but bickering comes to him before. The same is achieved by takers in Dandy's attempt to rob dubious businessman Kunkelmann's cash cabinet and clear up the Haase jewellery store during a parade. What is picisical is that Zänker's son-in-law Walter, who lives with his daughter Monika in the house near Zänker, works as a criminal inspector with the police and is charged with clearing up these crimes. In fact, Walter's supervisor commissioner, Berg, eventually appears in person with his old friend bickering to arrest him. In a conversation under four eyes, Zänker initiates the Commissioner in his motive and method and gains his understanding. So an arrest warrant goes out for Dandy, and Zänker manages, with the help of Pietsch, to cheer all the stolen items to Dandy. Immediately before Dandy's departure, all the predatory material is found in his suitcase. This justifies the appearances for the police, that Dandy actually committed the crimes, and that Dandy is being taken away. In fact, after his retirement, Zänker has finally managed what he has tried to do legally in his profession for a long time in vain.



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