1882 - 1948
The star comedian and actor Karl Valentin was born as Valentin Ludwig Fey in Au. After the school he learnt the trade of a joiner from 1897. He already met Gisela Royes in 1899 who worked as a maid servant in the house of the Fey and they lived together as a couple.
Karl Valentin attended a Munich comedian school in 1902 and had first guest performances. But his career got stuck at the beginning when his father died. He took on the forwarding agency together with his mother.
But in 1906 he sold the agency and built a music apparatus made of 20 instruments. He went on tour with this "Orchestion" but it was a flop.
His real career began in 1908 when he had first successes as a comedian
at the "Frankfurter Hof". There he also met Liesl
Karlstadt who became his stage partner in 1911. With her he has an
enormous success at the "Simplicissimus".
Karl Valentin had his great breakthrough as a comedian on the screen in 1912. His first movie was "Karl Valentins Hochzeit" and was a great success. In 1914 followed "Der neue Schreibtisch", but he laid the foundations of his legendary repute with countless appearances for cabarets where he enraptured the audience to enthusiasm.
His topical-satirical career reached it's height in the 20's. He performed "Die verhexten Notenständer", "Das Christbaumbrettl" and "Der Firmling", simultaneously he played in several movies like "Mysterien eines Frisiersalons" (23), "Der Sonderling" (29) and "Der Feuerwehrtrompeter" (29).
Karl Valentin inaugurated his "Panoptikum" in 1934 which he had to shut
down only 13 months later.
Karl Valentin, whose film career in the sound film era increased rapidly, appeared in movies like "Im Photoatelier" (32), "Der verhexte Scheinwerfer" (34), "Im Schallplattenladen" (34), "Kirschen in Nachbars Garten" (35), "Musik zu zweien" (36), "Die Erbschaft" (36) - his best movie - and "Donner, Blitz und Sonnenschein" (36).
In the 40's he appeared only one more time in a movie called "In der Apotheke" (41), after that he concentrated again to his comedian career. In his "Ritterspelunke" he was very successful with his young partner Annemarie Fischer.
But with the outbreak of the war he wasn't as successful as before.
The Nazis boycotted Karl Valentin because of the "tendency to poverty"
of his plays, finally Karl Valentin got into economic poverty through it.
Now he had to produce small household items in order to earn his living.
The audience had forgotten the lanky comedian.
But Karl Valentin remained immortal after his death. Later generations
discovered this unique comedian again and his name became cult.
Other movies with Karl Valentin: