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Quax the Crash Pilot

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

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".

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. Interiors were shot at the Tempelhof and Babelsberg Studios in Berlin and the Bavaria Studios in Munich. It was followed by a sequel Quax in Africa which was also made during the Nazi era, but not released until 1947.

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  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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