The Captain from Köpenick (1956 film)

The Captain from Köpenick (German: Der Hauptmann von Köpenick) is a 1956 West German film directed by Helmut Käutner and based upon the play The Captain of Köpenick by Carl Zuckmayer. The play was based on the true story of Wilhelm Voigt, a German impostor who masqueraded as a Prussian military officer in 1906 and became famous as the Captain from Köpenick. It was nominated for the 29th Academy Awards in the category Best Foreign Language Film.

The Captain from Köpenick
Der Hauptmann von Köpenick
The Captain From Koepenick - half sheet.jpg
Theatrical release poster by Tom Jung
Directed byHelmut Käutner
Produced byGyula Trebitsch (producer)
Written byHelmut Käutner
Carl Zuckmayer (play)
Carl Zuckmayer (screenplay)
StarringHeinz Rühmann
Hannelore Schroth
Martin Held
Erich Schellow
Music byBernhard Eichhorn
CinematographyAlbert Benitz
Edited byKlaus Dudenhöfer
Distributed byReal-Film
Distributors Corporation of America (US)
Release date
  • 16 August 1956 (1956-08-16)
Ufa-Palast Cologne
Running time
93 minutes
CountryWest Germany

It was shot by Real Film at the Wandsbek Studios in Hamburg. The film's sets were designed by the art director Albrecht Becker and Herbert Kirchhoff.



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  1. ^ "The 29th Academy Awards (1957) Nominees and Winners". Retrieved 2011-10-24.

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