Tran and Helle (German: Tran und Helle) were a comedy duo of the Third Reich era, played by Ludwig Schmitz (Tran) and Jupp Hussels (Helle). From September 1939 the pair appeared in a number of weekly 2-3 minute short films, which usually accompanied Die Deutsche Wochenschau newsreels or feature films
Tran was a bald, conniving and dim-witted character who would frequently bend the rules, to the detriment of the German war effort or security. For example, Tran would listen to the BBC, refuse to donate kitsch scrap metal, gossip and engage in black market activities. His friend Helle - taller, more handsome and more considered in judgement, served as the foil who would show his fellow Rhinelander the error of his ways. While Jews were portrayed as untrustworthy, the series lacked the heavy handed anti-semitism found in other German film productions.
Tran and Helle's shorts were discontinued in the fall of 1940, possibly due to the authorities becoming concerned that audiences could sympathise with the wrong-footed but essentially human Tran, who would on occasions utter ideas contrary to the Nazi regime.