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The Tinderbox

The Tinderbox was originally shown on BBC television during the 1960s and then again in the 1970s (going off help here from a Little Gem visitor - feel free to correct me if the data is wrong). It originated from Germany in 1959 and was titled Das Feuerzeug. I cannot remember if it was dubbed / subtitled when it was screened over in the UK or whether it was like "The Singing Ringing Tree" with a single voice-over. The Director was Siegfried Hartmann and the style of the fairytale is much in the format of Rumplestiltskin, Snow White and The Singing Ringing Tree. Siegfried Hartmann actually directed another two in this style - “The Golden Goose” (released in 1964) and “Snow White and Rose Red” (released in 1979). He also wrote the scenario for the 1988 film “Rapunzel.” The story was originally written by Hans Christian Andersen and basically tells the story of a battle weary soldier, who whilst down on his luck runs across an old witch who asks him to retrieve a small Tinderbox from inside an old tree. Coins of Copper, Silver and Gold, three magical huge hounds, a wicked witch, a beautiful Princess, a nasty King and Queen, village scoundrels and a good man in a soldier's uniform all blend together to bring to the television screens another of the charming European classics.

Characters

The Soldier
The tale's hero - The Soldier
The Tinderbox
The Tinderbox
Hans
Hans (soldier's friend)
Dog in the first room
Blackie (first room's dog)
The second room's dog
The second room's dog
The third room's dog
The third room's dog
The Witch
The Witch
Master Shoemake Schaft
Master shoemaker Schaft
Little Girl in village
Little girl in village
The Tree
The Tree
The Queen
The Queen (nasty)
The King
The King (really nasty)
Castle guard
The Castle guard
Man servant
Man working in the Inn
Innkeeper's wife
Innkeeper's wife
The Innkeeper
The Innkeeper
Aid to the Princess
Aid to the Queen
Village Policeman
Village Policeman
The King's Shoemaker (nasty)
The King's shoemaker (nasty)
Pompous village tailor
Pompous village tailor
Scoundrel one
Scoundrel number one
Scoundrel two
Scoundrel number two
Scoundrel three
Scoundrel number three
Village Children
Village children
The Princesse's only friend in the Palace
The Princess's friend in
the Palace
Old Woman
Old woman in the village
Man of Letters
Man of letters

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Credits

The Soldier / Der Soldat Rolf Ludwig
The Leading Scoundrel Heinz Schubert
The Queen Anna-Maria Besendahl
The Dandy Scoundrel Rolf Defrank
The Fat Scoundrel Hannes Fischer
The King / Der Konig Hans Fiebrandt
The Princess Barbara Mehlan
The Witch / Die Hexe Bella Waldritter
Die Kammerfrau Senta Bonacker
The Innkeeper / Der Wirt Fritz Schlegel
Old woman / Altes Mutterchen Maria Wendet
Der Schusterjunge Hans
Sowie Steffie Spira, Johannes Maus, Jochen Diestelmann, Kay Sikor, Paul Böttcher, W.O. Eckhardt, Günter Ballier, Hans Schäfer, Kay Sikor,
W. O. Eckhardt
   
Director Siegfried Hartmann
Screenplay / Drehbuch Anneliese Kocialek, Fred Rodrian, Siegfried Hartmann
Camera Erik Gusko
Editing Hildegard Conrad
Music Siegfried Bethmann
Producer Anni von Zieten
Written by Hans Christian Andersen
Trickaufnahmen Ernst Kunstmann
Nationaldpreistracer Vera Kunstmann
Bauten Hans Poppe
Ausfuhrung Franz Furst
Costume Marianne Schmidt
Makeup Bernhard Kalisch / Margarethe Walther
Ton Gerhard Wieck
Schnitt Hildegard Conrad
Regie-Assistenz Heinz Mentel
Kamera-Assistenz Willy Flohr
Aufnahme-Leitung Otto Ziesenitz

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