1 user 1 critic

I by Day, You by Night (1932)

Ich bei Tag und du bei Nacht (original title)
A nightclub waiter and a manicurist share the same room, he sleeps there by night and she by day. They've never met , but they can't stand each other. Then they meet by chance ~ not knowing... See full summary »




Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?



Cast overview, first billed only:
Käthe von Nagy ...
Amanda Lindner ...
Cornelia Seidelbast
Julius Falkenstein ...
Herr Krüger
Elisabeth Lennartz ...
Trude Krüger
Albert Lieven ...
Friedrich Gnaß ...
Anton Pointner ...
Eugen Rex ...
Ida Wüst ...
Frau Waiser
Ursula van Diemen ...
Walther Ludwig ...
Helmut Forest ...
Carl Merznicht ...
Lydia Potechina


A nightclub waiter and a manicurist share the same room, he sleeps there by night and she by day. They've never met , but they can't stand each other. Then they meet by chance ~ not knowing who's who ~ and fall in love. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis





Release Date:

29 November 1932 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Dag ut och natt in  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Alternate-language version of À moi le jour, à toi la nuit (1932) See more »


Wenn ich Sonntags in mein Kino geh'...
Music by Werner R. Heymann
Lyrics by Robert Gilbert
Sung by Käthe von Nagy and Willy Fritsch
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

catch the Comedian Harmonists in this enchanting movie.
4 January 2008 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Willy Fritsch was Germany's most popular actor in the early 30s. He was a great all rounder. He had starred in Fritz Lang's fantastic film "Spies" (1928). In the early 30s he was a popular leading man for Renate Muller, Lillian Harvey and Kathe Von Nagy in a series of enchanting German musicals.

The film starts with a song "Every Sunday at the Cinema" - Hans (Willy Fritsch) is bemoaning the fact that films are not like real life - there is too much romance, songs and happy endings (especially in the new film at the local cinema). Grete (the delectable Kathe Von Nagy) is preparing to go to work, singing as she goes - life could be like the movies, if only romance would come her way.

She also has a list of complaints about her "flat-mate". She is in a shared room - she is there by night - he (Hans) sleeps there by day(because of his job as a waiter). Hence the title of the film. They have never met but different habits they have - where they hang their clothes, leave their hats etc annoy each other immensely. One day they start chatting - they still don't realise that the other one is the hated room-mate.

She says to him "Parties by night (she sees his waiters tuxedo), strolling by day - you must be rich." She is a manicurist who has been picked up in a Mercedes Benz to make a house call - he thinks she is a general manager's daughter.

They agree to meet at 5. After some fun with transport (they still think the other is rich) they visit Sans Souci at Potsdam.

The film is a satire of the unreality of frothy musicals as compared to the harsh reality of everyday life. The "movie within a movie"

  • the one at the local cinema is featured throughout the film with it's

over the top song "Wenn du nicht kommst dann baben die Rosen umsonst gebluht".

This is a lovely musical comedy of mistaken identity. There is also another romantic sub-plot involving the general manager's daughter Trude (Elisabeth Lennartz) and Wolf (Albert Lieven). Everything is resolved at the end. One of the best things is the chance to see the wonderful Comedian Harmonists sing "Uns Kann Keiner".

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss I by Day, You by Night (1932) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: