Robert and Bertram (1939 film)

Robert and Bertram (German: Robert und Bertram) is a 1939 German musical comedy film directed by Hans H. Zerlett and starring Rudi Godden, Kurt Seifert, and Carla Rust. It premiered in Hamburg on 7 July 1939.[1] It was based on the 1856 play Robert and Bertram by Gustav Räder about two wandering vagrants which had been adapted into several film versions including a Polish film of the same title the previous year. It was set in 1839.

Robert and Bertram
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Directed byHans H. Zerlett
Produced byHelmut Schreiber
Written by
Music byLeo Leux
CinematographyFriedl Behn-Grund
Edited byElla Ensink
Distributed byTobis Film
Release date
  • 7 July 1939 (1939-07-07)

It was made by Tobis Film at the company's Johannisthal Studios in Berlin. The film's sets were designed by the art directors Karl Machus and Erich Zander.

It was the only anti-semitic musical comedy released during the Nazi era and the first film since Kristallnacht to focus on Jews as cultural and economic outsiders.[2] In fact the antagonist of this film itself, the Jew Nathan Ipelmeyer is not a cultural and economic outsider, but a very wealthy "Kommerzienrat" (cf. Geheimrat).



  1. ^ O'Brien p. 32
  2. ^ O'Brien p. 32


  • O'Brien, Mary-Elizabeth (2006) [2004]. Nazi Cinema as Enchantment: The Politics of Entertainment in the Third Reich. Rochester, NY: Boydell & Brewer. ISBN 978-1-57113-334-2.
  • Waldman, Harry (2008). Nazi Films in America, 1933–1942. Jefferson, NC: McFarland. ISBN 978-0-7864-3861-7.

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