The Devil's Three Golden Hairs

Original title: (Wer reißt denn gleich vor'm Teufel aus)
GDR, 1977, 89 min, color
English dubbed; Spanish, French voice over

In this classic German fairy tale by the brothers Grimm, poor Jacob must get the Devil's three golden hairs in order to save his own life and marry the beautiful princess.


When the king hands Jacob his death sentence in a sealed letter, Jacob luckily falls into the hands of friendly robbers, who summarily alter the letter. The next day, he is envisioning himself as the princess's bridegroom, but this joyful moment doesn't last long. The duped king now hopes to get rid of Jacob for good and sends him to get three golden hairs from the Devil. On the way, Jacob promises the king's exploited subjects to ask the devil how they can escape their misery.


Once he has arrived in hell, he takes advantage of the She-Devil's absence by disguising himself in her clothes. Absolutely fearless, he snatches three of the Devil's golden hairs and discovers the solution to the farmers' suffering. He returns home a hero and there is no longer any reason why he should not marry the princess.

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The Devil's Three Golden Hairs

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