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Most of this movie is a run-of-the-mill musical comedy. Palace intrigue
in a small fantasy country, two boys, two girls, guess how it ends...
But a few scenes struck me. Benjamin (Heinz Rühmann) and Manja (Maria Sazarina, age 20 then) at the buffet, overdosing their snacks with hot pepper (Paprika). Both incurring breathing problems, craving for drinks to relieve their throats, end up via a defective elevator in the wine cellar of the duke's castle, and selectively quench their thirsts, plus some pickled cucumbers. Much wine is consumed, and they fool around - Benjamin directing an orchestra of small wine barrels, Manja doing a really exquisite solo dance on the big wine barrels. Really worth seeing! Later, the other two heroes join them - Antonio (Lous Graveur) and duchess Stephanie (Camilla Horn), the two contenders to the crown. Some unseen foe locks the door, so they're all caught in the cellar.
Still later, Benjamin and Antonio (who really "is" a famous opera tenor) make music, and the girls listen from upstairs, and Manja does another solo dance (not as wild as the first), leading to her waltzing with Stephanie.
So far for my highlights, the rest is more comedy routine - Heinz Rühmann does his job being funny, Theo Lingen less so. But Maria Sazarina's dances beat all. She was Russian, acted in only six films 1934-40, and Wikipedia doesn't even list her. Watching more German movies from the 1930s, I'm always astonished by the actresses to discover there - not star-billed (my last were Hilde Weissner and Trude Berliner). What a talent pool there was, working in the movie industry to provide escapist emotional relief from Nazism and later WW2...
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As a true serious classic film I love Heinz Ruhmann Comedies and this one is funny.It stars Louis Graveure,A famous British opera singer, who did a few films, who would eventually would live in the united states ,San Francisco, C.A. He doesn't seem to have any British accent noticeable.He sing his signature song in this film,"Tausend rote Rosen Bluh.But it's Hienz Ruhmann the star,Theo Ligens second.Heinzy plays a composer Benjamin, who writes song for Antonio the opera singer.But Tony is called by a small European place Palamo, for he is the Heir to the throne.But the princess of the country ,Stephanie, played by Camillia Horne, wants to control the country with her lady in waiting played by or sister Manja.played by Maria Sazarina. Then you have Austrian character actress like Adele Sandrock an Fritz Odmar and you got an entertaining piece of Viennese Strudel.Nothing much happens but there a lot of humor from Heinz Ruhmann.Like a funny sequence when Hienz Ruhmann is eating at a party and he put too much paprika on the food and he burns his mouth and his interest in Manja leads to them greeting trapped in a basement of the castle,as he looks for inspiration for his now song for Antonio.Leo , who plays the impresario, becomes desperate that Antonio is gone. He isn't aware is that he was a regent.Through funny situation he lands at the castle.In the end even the princess gets fed up with controlling the country and she and Manja go back with Heinzy and Tony and they live happily ever after, at least until the annexation.Good comedy. 04/23/12
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