Dr. Holl

Dr. Holl is a 1951 West German drama film directed by Rolf Hansen. At the 1st Berlin International Film Festival it won the Certificate of Honour award.[1]

Dr. Holl
Film poster
Directed byRolf Hansen
Produced byFriedrich A. Mainz
Written by
StarringDieter Borsche
CinematographyFranz Weihmayr
Edited byAnna Höllering
Release date
  • 23 March 1951 (1951-03-23)
Running time
102 minutes
CountryWest Germany


The industrialist Alberti is a very wealthy man, but is concerned about Angelika, his fragile, anemic daughter. She is terminally ill and frequently bedridden. Alberti would give all his wealth if he could do anything for Angelika. Alberti had consulted any doctors about his daughter's case, but every effort was in vain. The doctors have long given up. But to "give up" does not appear in the vocabulary of Angelika's father. Only in the medical student Helga, who earns her living as a nurse, does he find an ally.

Helga is as good as gold, and she has a fiancé, Dr. Holl, a medical researcher, who works day and night in the laboratory. Holl appears to be well on its way to becoming a great doctor. When he learns of the "hopeless" case of Angelika Alberti, he determines to focus entirely on it. Helga persuades Holl to go with her to the home of Alberti and continue his research there. In the old Alberti, Holl and Helga find a generous benefactor for all their expenses, including construction of a medical laboratory.

Angelika, who knows nothing of the relationship between Holl and Helga, falls in love with her benefactor, Dr. Holl. Unselfishly, Helga is willing to allow Holl to marry Angelika, so that she might die in the intoxication of happiness. Because of Angelika's condition, Helga is confident that this marriage is unlikely to continue indefinitely. Out of pity Holl falls in love with Angelika. However, Dr. Holl's research succeeds in developing a medicine that can save Angelika, who becomes healthier day by day. She begins to play the piano and sings. Helga is in disbelief, as she had never imagined such an outcome.

Soon, however, Helga begins to realize that Angelika is taking away her fiancé, as she becomes healthier with every passing day. Finally Holl who is considering to make a hasty retreat, slipped her and Helga are grudgingly him free. The old Alberti so excited by Angelika's recovery and the prospect of his formerly sick daughter marrying her dream man, that he seeks to financially compensate Helga for her loss. Alberti offers to donate an entire hospital to Helga. Helga a very modern woman of 1951, decides to take this opportunity to undertake a professional career.[2]



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