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The Haunted Castle (1960)

Das Spukschloß im Spessart (original title)
The ghosts of thieves help a beautiful young countess save her inherited castle from modern developers in this comic horror/musical.

Director:

Kurt Hoffmann

Writers:

Günter Neumann (screenplay), Heinz Pauck (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Liselotte Pulver ... Charlotte
Heinz Baumann Heinz Baumann ... Martin Hartog
Hanne Wieder Hanne Wieder ... Katrin
Elsa Wagner Elsa Wagner ... Tante Yvonne
Herbert Hübner ... Hartog
Ernst Waldow Ernst Waldow ... Onkel Ernst August
Hubert von Meyerinck ... von Teckel (as Hubert von Meyerink)
Hans Clarin ... Prinz Kalaka
Paul Esser ... Toni
Hans Richter ... Jockel
Curt Bois ... Hugo
Georg Thomalla ... Onkel Max
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Storyline

From her father Charlotte inherits a dilapidated castle near the small German town Bonn. The castle is encumbered with debt, most of the inventory is pledged. Five ghosts who live in the castle, former robbers in the Spessart forests, in the castle decide to help her. However their unconventional methods bring Charlotte in trouble. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Kurt Hoffmanns "Grusical"... Eine moderne Gespenstergeschichte gesponnen von Günter Neumann und Heinz Pauck


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Details

Country:

West Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Haunted Castle See more »

Filming Locations:

Aschaffenburg, Bavaria, Germany See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Georg Witt-Film See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The Haunted Castle is the second part of Kurt Hoffmann lose Spessart trilogy. See more »

Goofs

When the ghosts spin Prince Kalaka around in the air, you can briefly see the wire he is attached to. See more »

Crazy Credits

The title credits are shown on the screen, beginning with the title that changes from "musical" to "grusical". From then on the credits are completely sung like lyrics - to the swinging music of Bienert, Hollaender and Strasser. See more »

Connections

Spoofs The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) See more »

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not only just a funny movie...
11 April 2006 | by flocgnSee all my reviews

basically a sequel to "Das Wirtshaus I'm Spessart" based on the popular German fairy tale/legend, which came to the big screen 2 years earlier, this movie stars nearly all of Germany's comedians of that time. At first a mixture of comedy and musical, it is also pretty political and aims mostly for post-war short-comings after the German "Wirtschaftswunder", like pensions still paid to former "Wehrmacht"-Officers, but makes fun also of celebrities of that time like the liaison of Onassis and Maria Callas, just to name one.

The story is about the ghosts of the robbers from "Wirtshaus I'm Spessart" and how they redeem themselves. As a punishment for their crimes they were locked up in the basement of the "Wirtshaus" (pub) to starve to death, accompanied by a curse that they should rot there as long the walls would be standing.

The wall falls when the old pub has to make room for a gas-station and a new motel next to the brand new freeway and the souls of the robbers are freed. Now ghosts they come to the conclusion that they have to do something good, so be released. So they decide to search for the Castle of the Comte, they blackmailed in the first Movie and who resided over the Woods they were thieving in.

They find it to be inherited by the last Comtess, played by Lieselotte Pulver, who has no money at all, because her late father lost all the family fortune.

(to be continued)


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