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Burg Theatre (1936)

Burgtheater (original title)
Friedrich Mitterer is the eccentric and basically socio-phobic star of the Viennese Burg Theater. His prompter takes care of his social interactions. When Mitterer meets the young Leni he relies on the prompter to establish contact.




Cast overview, first billed only:
Friedrich Mitterer
Hortense Raky ...
Baroness Seebach
Souffleur Sedlmayer
Josef Rainer (as Willy Eichberger)
Karl Günther ...
Baron Seebach (as Carl Günther)
Karl Skraup ...
Josefine Dora ...
Frau Schindler
Franz Herterich ...
Direktor des Burgtheaters
Erik Frey ...
Schauspieler des Burgtheaters
Schauspieler des Burgtheaters
Frau von S. Gesellschaftsdame
Karl Paryla ...
Erster junger Schauspieler
Fred Steinbacher ...
Zweiter junger Schauspieler


Friedrich Mitterer (Werner Krauss) is the star of the Viennese Burg Theater. The eccentric and basically socio-phobic star. He has the prompter Sedlmayer (Hans Moser) take care of most of his social interactions. Even when he meets the young Leni (Hortense Raky) who finds really charming, he relies on Sedlmayer to establish contact. With these social skills, it's no wonder that he doesn't notice that Leni is head over heels for the aspiring actor Josef (Willy Eichberger). When Leni finds an invitation for the Baroness Seebach's (Olga Tschechowa) weekly party for the rich and famous at Mitterer's place, she steals it without thinking and gives it to Josef, setting quite a few things in motion. Written by Ulf Kjell Gür

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Release Date:

26 October 1937 (USA)  »

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1.37 : 1
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Interior-shots were taken in the actual Burgtheater during the theater's summer-break of 1936. See more »


Referenced in Ban-do-ui bom (1941) See more »


Sag' beim Abschied leise Servus
Music & Lyrics by Peter Kreuder
Sung by Willi Forst, Liane Augustin & Lolita
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Ignored Austrian movie classic.
9 January 2005 | by See all my reviews

Unknown outside the German speaking world, this is one of the great Willi Forst's major works and one of the best films of it's day. It's a toss-up whether the Vienna Burgtheater or it's about to retire star (anything but about to retire Krauss) has the lead here but we get the ambitious costumed movie staging of the German cinema, still a major world force, and Forst's trademark Viennese gentleness, irony and detachment. Plot has to do with a girl giving Krauss' stolen reception invitation to a young actor, boosting his status, and Krauss mistaking her interest for something more personal while baroness Tschechowa does her most elegant number, making a duel imminent. Admire rumor spread to music, the dissolve from the target, the staging of "Don Carlos" paralleling the film's action with the great theater climax, managed by Krauss in one of his best outings. The film craft is impeccable.

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