Quax the Crash Pilot

Quax the Crash Pilot (German: Quax, der Bruchpilot) is a 1941 German comedy film directed by Kurt Hoffmann and starring Heinz Rühmann, Karin Himboldt and Lothar Firmans.[1] It is also sometimes translated as Quax the Test Pilot.[2] It features the popular song "Homeland, Your Stars".

Quax the Crash Pilot
Film poster
Directed byKurt Hoffmann
Produced byHeinz Rühmann
Written by
Music byWerner Bochmann
CinematographyHeinz von Jaworsky
Edited byWalter Fredersdorf
Distributed byTerra Film
Release date
  • 16 December 1941 (1941-12-16)
Running time
92 minutes

The film set in the 1930s before the outbreak of the Second World War. It is based on an aviation story by Hermann Grote about an everyday man who wins a newspaper competition that offers free flying lessons. Despite initial struggles, he gradually shows himself to be a good pilot.

Much of the film was shot on location in Bavaria. It was followed by a sequel Quax in Africa which was also made during the Nazi era, but not released until 1947.

Main cast


  1. Hoffmann p. 109
  2. Chapman p. 192


  • Chapman, James (2008). War and Film. Reaktion Books. ISBN 978-1-86189-347-5.
  • Hoffmann, Hilmar (1996). The Triumph of Propaganda: Film and National Socialism, 1933–1945. Translated by Broadwin, John; Berghahn, Volker R. Berghahn Books. ISBN 978-1-57181-122-6.
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