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On the Reeperbahn at Half Past Midnight (song)

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"'On the Reeperbahn at Half Past Midnight'" (German:"'") is a 1912 German song by Ralph Arthur Roberts, originally written for a musical revue. The song refers to the Reeperbahn, the red light district of the port city of Hamburg. The song's popularity received a major boost when it was used in the 1944 film 'Groe Freiheit Nr. 7', sung by the star Hans Albers.


Three films have taken their title from the song, including 'On the Reeperbahn at Half Past Midnight' (1954), a film starring Albers which attempted to repeat the success of his earlier hit.Hake p. 228 The tune was used for Billy Wilder's 'Witness for the Prosecution' (1957), sung by Marlene Dietrich with new English lyrics as "I May Never Go Home Anymore".

The song is popular with fans of the Hamburg football club St. Pauli. The song has been parodied numerous times including Mike Krger's 'On the Autobahn at Half Past Midnight' (Auf der Autobahn nachts um halb eins).

See also

* List of songs about Hamburg



* Hake, Sabine. 'Popular Cinema of the Third Reich'. University of Texas Press, 2001.

* Phillips, Gene D. 'Some Like It Wilder: The Life and Controversial Films of Billy Wilder'. University Press of Kentucky, 2010

Category:German songs

Category:1912 songs

Category:Songs from musicals

Category:Culture in Hamburg

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