Ripening Youth (1933 film)

Ripening Youth (German: Reifende Jugend) is a 1933 German drama film directed by Carl Froelich and starring Heinrich George, Peter Voß and Hertha Thiele.[1]

Ripening Youth
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Directed byCarl Froelich
Produced byCarl Froelich
Written byMax Dreyer (play)
Robert A. Stemmle
Walter Supper
StarringHeinrich George
Peter Voß
Hertha Thiele
Music byWalter Gronostay
CinematographyReimar Kuntze
Edited byGustav Lohse
Carl Froelich-Film
Distributed byEuropa-Filmverleih
Release date
22 September 1933
Running time
115 minutes

The film's sets were designed by the art directors Karl Machus, Otto Moldenhauer and Franz Schroedter. Location shooting took place at Stralsund on the Baltic coast. It was well-received by the Nazi press on its release, and drew inspiration from the earlier Madchen in Uniform which was admired by film journalists of the Third Reich.[2]


When three girls transfer to an elite school in Lübeck so they can sit their upcoming university entrance examinations this causes disruptions amongst the male students and teachers. One of the girls Elfriede becomes the subject of romantic interest from both a classmate and her strict teacher, ultimately opting for the latter. At the end all three girls pass their exams with full marks.



Writing for The Spectator in 1936, Graham Greene described the film as entertaining and praised the film's charmingly realistic characterization of both German school masters and their pupils. Greene highlighted the "light lyrical treatment of some of the scenes", adding that while "unsentimental, [the film is] not unkindly [in its depiction] of emotional awkwardness."[3]


  1. ^ Heins p.64
  2. ^ Heins p.64-65
  3. ^ Greene, Graham (10 January 1936). "Reifende Jugend/The Bride Comes Home". The Spectator. (reprinted in: John Russel, Taylor, ed. (1980). The Pleasure Dome. p. 45. ISBN 0192812866.)


  • Heins, Laura. Nazi Film Melodrama. University of Illinois Press, 2013.

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