Robert and Bertram (1939 film)

Robert and Bertram
Directed by Hans Heinz Zerlett
Produced by Helmut Schreiber
Written by Gustav Raeder (play)
Hans Heinz Zerlett
Starring Rudi Godden
Kurt Seifert
Carla Rust
Fritz Kampers
Music by Leo Leux
Cinematography Friedl Behn-Grund
Edited by Ella Ensink
Distributed by Tobis-Filmverleih
Release dates
7 July 1939
Country Germany
Language German

Robert and Bertram (German:Robert und Bertram) is a 1939 German musical comedy film directed by Hans Heinz 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.

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


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