Uli the Farmhand

Uli the Farmhand (German: Uli, der Knecht) is a 1954 Swiss romantic comedy film directed by Franz Schnyder and starring Hannes Schmidhauser, Liselotte Pulver and Heinrich Gretler. It is based on the classic 1841 novel of the same name by Jeremias Gotthelf.[1] It tells of a wayward young man who eventually settles down.

Uli the Farmhand
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Hannes Schmidhauser and Liselotte Pulver
Directed byFranz Schnyder
Written by
Produced byOscar Düby
CinematographyEmil Berna
Edited by
Music byRobert Blum
Distributed byPraesens-Film
Release date
19 October 1954
Running time
115 minutes
LanguageSwiss German

It was a popular box office success, drawing more than a million and a half viewers in Switzerland. It was also exported to Austria and West Germany, enjoying success in these countries as well. It was followed by a sequel Uli the Tenant.


The film's sets were designed by the art director Max Röthlisberger. It was made with backing from the Swiss government, and had a budget of around 600,000 Swiss Francs. Leopold Lindtberg was originally planned to direct the film, but was replaced by Schnyder. It was shot at the Rosenhof Studios in Zurich and on location around Bern.



  1. ^ Goble p.996


  • Goble, Alan. The Complete Index to Literary Sources in Film. Walter de Gruyter, 1999.

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