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Hanns Kräly (writer)
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A teenaged tomboy, tired of being bossed around by her strict guardian, impersonates a man so she can have more fun, but discovers that being the opposite sex isn't as easy as she had hoped. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Ossi Oswalda ... Ossi
Curt Goetz ... Dr. Kersten (as Kurt Götz)
Ferry Sikla ... Counsellor Brockmüller
Margarete Kupfer ... Gouvernante
Victor Janson

Directed by
Ernst Lubitsch 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Hanns Kräly  writer
Ernst Lubitsch  writer

Produced by
Paul Davidson .... producer
Cinematography by
Theodor Sparkuhl (uncredited)
Production Design by
Kurt Richter (uncredited)

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Also Known As:
"Ich möchte kein Mann sein" - Germany (original title)
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45 min | 41 min (20 fps)
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21 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
The Cross-Dressing Cutie, 18 December 2006
Author: movingpicturegal from Los Angeles

Very entertaining silent film about cute, lively young Ossi, a tomboy full of a fun-loving spirit, she likes to smoke, drink booze, stick out her tongue, and play poker with her male chums - but her guardian and governess want her to behave like a "proper young lady". Wishing she were "born a boy" she heads to a local men's store and has herself fitted for an evening suit. Soon she's out on the streets in top hat, white tie, and tails, her hair groomed like a boy's, she rides the street car, and goes to a ballroom where she's soon drinking champagne and smoking cigars, flirting with (and even kissing) her own guardian - and he think's she's a fellow!

This film is full of charm and loads of fun, in many ways due to the delightful and well done performance given by Ossi Oswalda, a very likable young actress, totally tops in cute and charming! The DVD of this has a nice looking black and white print and includes an extremely appealing, lively piano score by Neil Brand that is the perfect accompaniment to this film.

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