Emil And The Detectives

Last Updated on: June 26th, 2024

Emil And The Detectives (1964 Movie)

“Emil and the Detectives” is a classic children’s novel written by Erich Kästner, a German author, and it has been adapted into various films and stage productions. The most well-known adaptation is the 1964 Disney film “Emil and the Detectives.”

The story follows Emil Tischbein, a young boy who lives in a small town in Germany. Emil is sent by his mother to visit his grandmother in Berlin and is given money to deliver to her. During the train journey, a mysterious man named Mr. Grundeis drugs Emil and steals the money. When Emil wakes up and realizes what happened, he decides to take matters into his own hands.

In Berlin, Emil teams up with a group of streetwise kids who call themselves “The Detectives.” With their help, Emil sets out on an adventurous mission to track down the thief and retrieve the stolen money. Along the way, they face various challenges and obstacles, but through their cleverness and teamwork, they eventually succeed in catching Mr. Grundeis and returning the money.

The 1964 Disney film adaptation of “Emil and the Detectives” was directed by Peter Tewksbury and starred Walter Slezak as Mr. Grundeis. The film combines elements of comedy, adventure, and mystery, making it an enjoyable family film.

The story of “Emil and the Detectives” has been beloved by generations of readers and audiences worldwide. It has been adapted into multiple films, TV shows, and stage plays over the years, each capturing the heartwarming and thrilling adventures of young Emil and his detective friends. The themes of friendship, courage, and resourcefulness have made the story a timeless classic in children’s literature and entertainment.

Additional Details


  • Walter Slezak: Baron
  • Bryan Russell: Emil Tischbein
  • Roger Mobley: Gustav
  • Heinz Schubert: Grundeis the thief
  • Peter Ehrlich: Muller
  • Cindy Cassell: Pony
  • Elsa Wagner: Grandma
  • Eva Ingeborg Scholz: Frau Tischbein
  • Wolfgang Völz: Wachtmeister Stucke
  • Brian Richardson: The Professor
  • Robert Swann: Hermann
  • David Petrychka: Dienstag


  • Director: Peter Tewksbury
  • Producer: Walt Disney
  • Music: Heinz Schreiter

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