Knall and Fall as Imposters

Knall and Fall as Imposters (German: Knall und Fall als Hochstapler) is a 1952 Austrian-German comedy film directed by Ulrich Bettac and Hubert Marischka and starring Hans Richter, Rudolf Carl and Curd Jürgens.[1] It was followed by a 1953 sequel Knall and Fall as Detectives.

Knall and Fall as Imposters
Directed byUlrich Bettac
Hubert Marischka
Produced byAlfred Stöger
Written byWalter Forster
Jo Hanns Rösler
StarringHans Richter
Rudolf Carl
Curd Jürgens
Music byHans Lang
CinematographyWalter Tuch
Edited byHermine Diethelm
Wiener Mundus-Film
Distributed byHerzog-Filmverleih
Release date
21 November 1952
Running time
84 minutes
West Germany

It was shot at the Sievering Studios in Vienna and on location across the city. The film's sets were designed by Fritz Jüptner-Jonstorff.


Two rural men are picked at random for parts in a film production in which they are to play a millionaire and his chauffeur. After an accident while shooting a scene, the car they are in runs out of control and ends up crashing into a sanatorium. The director, believing that a real millionaire has arrived at the financially-struggling establishment, puts them up. They are forced for a while to live as imposters until matters are eventually resolved.



  1. von Dassanowsky p.151


  • Robert von Dassanowsky. Austrian Cinema: A History. McFarland, 2005.
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