The Happy Years of the Thorwalds

The Happy Years of the Thorwalds (German: Die glücklichen Jahre der Thorwalds) is a 1962 West German drama film directed by Wolfgang Staudte and starring Elisabeth Bergner, Hansjörg Felmy and Dietmar Schönherr.[1] It is based on J.B. Priestley's 1937 play Time and the Conways, with the setting is shifted from Britain to Germany. It portrays two family gatherings - the first in 1913 during the German Empire before the First World War and the second in 1932 in the dying days of the Weimar Republic before the Nazi takeover.

The Happy Years of the Thorwalds
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Directed byWolfgang Staudte,
John Olden
Produced byWerner Ludwig
Alexander Rakosi
Written byJ.B. Priestley (play)
Answald Krüger
Maria Matray
Christian Schürhoff
StarringElisabeth Bergner
Hansjörg Felmy
Dietmar Schönherr
Music bySiegfried Franz
CinematographySiegfried Hold
Edited byAlice Ludwig
Allgemeine Film
Distributed byEuropa-Filmverleih
Release date
16 November 1962
Running time
88 minutes
CountryWest Germany

It was shot at the Wandsbek Studios in Hamburg and on location in the city. The film's sets were designed by the art directors Mathias Matthies and Ellen Schmidt.



  1. ^ Bock & Bergfelder p.40


  • Bock, Hans-Michael & Bergfelder, Tim. The Concise CineGraph. Encyclopedia of German Cinema. Berghahn Books, 2009.

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