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Hocuspocus (1953 film)

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Directed byKurt Hoffmann
Written by
Produced byHans Domnick
Edited byFritz Stapenhorst
Music byFranz Grothe
Domnick Filmproduktion
Distributed by
Release date
1 September 1953
Running time
90 minutes
CountryWest Germany

Hocuspocus (German: Hokuspokus) is a 1953 West German comedy crime film directed by Kurt Hoffmann and starring Curt Goetz, Valerie von Martens and Hans Nielsen.[1] Based on one of Goetz's own plays, it was remade in 1966 as Hocuspocus.

It was shot at Göttingen Studios. The film's sets were designed by the art director's Kurt Herlth and Hermann Warm.


Agda Kjerulf, the widow of a unsuccessful painter, Peer Bille, is suspected to have murdered her husband by drowning him in a lake. In a court session it is revealed that her new attorny is actually the husband thought to be dead. He was orginally a circus artist and illusionist when he had met her. After a harmless accident he left her for regaining his position at the circus where he had a happy career.

Returning home, Peer realizes that his 'widow' Agda has made the world believe that he had died; the body was from a poor young widow's husband. The poor woman was happy for the occasion to have her husband being buried in a wealthy funeral. It turned out that Peer's paintings sold much better since his supposed death. Therefore, he remained 'dead' and continued painting.

This scheme was revealed because he made the mistake to paint his own widow in a black dress that she wore at court.



  1. ^ Elsaesser & Wedel p.201


  • Thomas Elsaesser & Michael Wedel. The BFI companion to German cinema. British Film Institute, 1999.

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