Karl Valentin

Karl Valentin

Additional Names: Valentin Ludwig Fey (Geburtsname)
Darsteller, Drehbuch, Produzent
*04.06.1882 München; †09.02.1948 Planegg

Biography

Karl Valentin (born Valentin Ludwig Frey) was born on June 4, 1882, in the Munich suburb of Au. After an apprenticeship as a carpenter, he performed as a humorist in and around Munich. When his father died in 1902, Valentin had to continue the proceedings of the furniture removers "Falk & Fey". Four years later, in 1906, Valentin had to sell his father's company. He then built an orchestrion from "nearly twenty instruments of all kinds" and toured with it for several months in 1907 without success.

In 1908, Valentin performed one of his monologues ("Das Aquarium") for the first time in public. The success of this performance led to his engagement at the famous Munich folklore stage at the "Frankfurter Hof". In 1911, he met Elisabeth Wellano, a soubrette. He persuaded her to become his comedy partner and invented her stage alias, Liesl Karlstadt. Together, they performed in revue shows and theatres and toured Vienna, Zürich, and Berlin.

In 1931, Valentin opened his own theatre in Munich but already had to close it after a few months. Then, in 1934, he opened the "Panoptikum", a collection of curiositites. But Valentin had to shut down this project, too, due to the lack of visitors. The "Panoptikum" was also one of the reasons why Valentin parted ways with Liesl Karlstadt. From 1939 on, Valentin tried to substitute her with Annemarie Fischer, another soubrette.

In 1912/13, Valentin dabbled in film for the first time. During the 1910s, he filmed many of his short scenes, with Liesl Karstadt and himself as actors. Valentin also played leading as well as supporting roles in films by other directors, for instance in the "surrealist" film experiment "Mysterien eines Frisiersalons" ("The Mysteries of a Hairdresser's Shop", 1923), directed by Bertolt Brecht and Erich Engel, and in "Die verkaufte Braut" ("The Bartered Bride", 1932) by Max Ophüls. During the Nazi regime, Valentin's films were heavily censored which nearly banned Valentin from filming. Some of his films were labelled adult only, while others were completely forbidden.

In 1941, Valentin made his last film, "In der Apotheke", based on one of his stage scenes. From 1942 to 1947, Valentin withdrew from the stage but then attempted a fresh start. However, he rarely succeeded to place his work at radio stations or in newspapers.

On February 9, 1948, Karl Valentin died, forgotten and impoverished, in Planegg near Munich.

Filmography

1977 Die Jugendstreiche des Knaben Karl
based on
 
1972/1973 Ewig junger Valentin
Cast
 
1958 Unsterblicher Valentin
Cast
 
1953 Das Lachkabinett
Cast, based on
 
1942 Nur nicht drängeln
Cast
 
1941 Der Trichter [Nr. 14]. Volkshumor aus deutschen Gauen
Cast
 
1941 Der Trichter Nr. 14. Volkshumor aus deutschen Gauen
Cast
 
1938 Der Antennendraht
Cast, Screenplay
 
1938 München
Cast
 
1938 Selbst Valentin macht mit
Cast
 
1937 Ewig Dein
Cast
 
1937 Braunkohlensyndikat
Cast
 
1936 Donner, Blitz und Sonnenschein
Cast
 
1936 Musik zu zwein
Cast, based on
 
1936 Die Erbschaft
Cast
 
1936 Der Bittsteller
Cast
 
1936 Straßenmusik
Cast
 
1936 Beim Nervenarzt
Cast
 
1936 Die karierte Weste
Cast
 
1936 Beim Rechtsanwalt
Cast, based on
 
1936 Ein verhängnisvolles Geigensolo
Cast
 
1936 Der Buchbinder Wanninger
based on
 
1935 Kirschen in Nachbars Garten
Cast
 
1935 Karl Valentin bei der Wahrsagerin
Cast
 
1934 Der Zithervirtuose
Cast, Screenplay
 
1934 Der Firmling
Cast
 
1934 So ein Theater!
Cast, Screenplay
 
1934 Der verhexte Scheinwerfer
Cast, based on
 
1934 Der Geizhals
Cast
 
1934 Im Schallplattenladen
Cast
 
1934 Der Theaterbesuch
Cast, based on
 
1933 Es knallt
Cast
 
1933 Orchesterprobe
Cast, Screenplay
 
1933 Snip, der springende Punkt
Cast
 
1932 Im Photoatelier
Cast, Screenplay
 
1932 Die verkaufte Braut
Cast
 
1932 Film über Dreharbeiten zu "Die verkaufte Braut"
Participation
 
1929/1930 Der Feuerwehrtrompeter
Cast
 
1929 Wochenschau von Karl Valentin und Liesl Karlstadt. Serie 14
Cast, Producer
 
1929 Karl Valentin als Musikal-Clown
Cast, Producer
 
1929 Karl Valentin, der Sonderling
Cast
 
1929 Fern-Kino
Cast
 
1929 Karl Valentins humoristische Wochenschau
Cast
 
1929 Mit dem Fremdenwagen durch München
Cast
 
1929 Karl Valentin und Liesl Karlstadt
Cast
 
1928/1929 Die beiden Musikal-Clowns
Cast, based on
 
1928/1929 In der Schreiner-Werkstatt. Tonfilm-Imitation von Karl Valentin und Lisl Karlstadt
Cast, Producer
 
1923 Orchester- und Fliegerszene
Cast
 
1922/1923 Die Mysterien eines Frisiersalons
Cast, Screenplay
 
1922 Verfilmte Anekdoten
Cast
 
1921/1922 Detektiv-Sportfilm
Cast
 
1921/1922 Die harten Köpfe
Cast
 
1921 Der "entflohene" Hauptdarsteller
Cast
 
1921 Die Schönheitskonkurrenz oder: Das Urteil des Paris
Cast
 
1921 Mit Karl Valentin und Liesl Karlstadt auf der Oktoberwiese
Cast, Producer
 
1921 Drei Stunden im Himmel
Cast
 
1920/1921 Der dritte Schlüssel
Cast
 
1920/1921 Zirkus Schnabelmann
Cast
 
1920 Der Kinematograph
Cast
 
1914/1918 Erbsen mit Speck
Cast
 
1914 Der neue Schreibtisch
Cast, Screenplay
 
1913 Die lustigen Vagabunden
Cast
 
1913 Valentins Hochzeit
Cast
 
1913 Der Kuß
Cast
 
1913 Karl Valentin privat und im Atelier
Cast
 
1911/1912 Karl Valentins Hochzeit
Cast