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Murder for Sale (1930)

Einbrecher (original title)
The young wife of a rich old husband is prevented of a fling by a gentleman-burglar, who falls in love to her.



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Cast overview:
Ralph Arthur Roberts ...
Eugene Dumontier
Reneé Dumontier
Jacques Durand
Victor Sérigny
Margarethe Koeppke ...
Oskar Sima ...
Jean Amadé - der Diener
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The young wife of a rich old husband is prevented of a fling by a gentleman-burglar, who falls in love to her.

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Comedy | Musical





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16 December 1930 (Germany)  »

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Murder for Sale  »

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Sidney Bechet and his band can be seen in a hot jazz bar scene shot in the actual Palmengarten bar of famous Berlin "Haus Vaterland". The male dancer is probably Louis Douglas. The numbers include "Ich lass mir meinen Koerper schwarz bepinseln" (I'll have my body painted black!), a major schlager hit by leading man Willy Fritsch. See more »


Alternate-language version of Flagrant délit (1931) See more »


Ich möcht einmal deine Carmen sein
("Laß' mich einmal Deine Carmen sein!")
Text by Robert Liebmann and Friedrich Hollaender
Music by Friedrich Hollaender
Sung by Lilan Harvey, Heinz Rühmann and others
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Stagey fun
2 November 2004 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

This is another stage-bound sort of effort from UFA starring Lilian Harvey and Willi Fritsch--with a dash of Heinz Ruehmann thrown in. The end result is actually enjoyable, even if the plot is hackneyed and predictable.

The story concerns a young woman who regrets being married to a much older man who makes toys. The toymaker suffers his wife's more suitable suitors, but it looks like the most ardent one of these might actually be a thief looking to rob both the toymaker and his young wife of their valuables.

The farce is played well and the chemistry between Fritsch and Harvey is, as usual, great. Lilian Harvey looks particularly good in this film in very chic deco-esque costumes. From the historical viewpoint, it's fun to see Harvey driving on the Champs Elysee in Paris in some location shots. Additionally, she and Fritsch are given some good pop songs like "Let Me Be Your Carmen", "I'll Go Fiji" and " An Affair On the Side Isn't For You". The end takes place in a wild sort of hedonistic nightclub that adds to the curio aspects of this film.

Ruehmann is funny as one of Harvey's hopeful admirers--and the ill-fated Kurt Gerron has a small role as a policeman.

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