Cinema: The New Pictures, Aug. 4, 1958

The Captain from Koepenick (Real-Film; D.C.A.) is a dandy German joke that manages to be only intermittently funny. Now undergoing its third version as a movie, the film is derived from a 1931 play by Carl (The Blue Angel) Zuckmayer, who co-authored the present screenplay. It is the story of a lonely, jobless German shoemaker whose drab world turns into a fairyland of wealth, popularity and authority as soon as he dons the dashing and highly illegal uniform of an army captain.

Zuckmayer's true tale springs from the celebrated saga of Wilhelm Voigt, a turn-of-the-century cobbler who lived near Koepenick, a little...

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