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Cast overview, first billed only:
Schneidergeselle Wenzel
Hertha Feiler ...
Hilde Sessak ...
Fräulein von Serafin
Hans Sternberg ...
Amtsrat und Tuchherr Küchlin
Fritz Odemar ...
Graf Stroganoff
Rudolf Schündler ...
Konfektionshändler Melcher-Böhni in Goldach
Hans Stiebner ...
Gastwirt der 'Waage' in Goldach
Erwin Hoffmann
Erich Ponto
Leopold von Ledebur ...
(as Leopold von Ledebour)
Franz Weber
Helmut Weiss ...
Herr Häberlin jun. (as Hellmut Weiss)
Aribert Wäscher ...
Spezereiwarenhändler Nievergelt
Olga Limburg ...
Begleiterin des Fräulein von Serafin
Joe Furtner


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16 September 1940 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

El vestido hace al hombre  »

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A nice fantasy film from Helmet Keuntner
22 February 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this picture for the first time last night.It's an early Helmet Keuntner picture.It's a cinder fella type story.Heinz portrays a frustrated tailor assistance,who wishes he was wealthy and important and had better clothes,who lives in a Heimat village near Christmas or at least it looks that way, as the caroler's sing in front of the shop.Other assistance laughs at him when he has to over work to create a coat for the Burgermeister. He has a fantasy about being an important person. a sex fantasy too when his fantasy bride shows up topless before it turns into a wedding dress.YES Goebbels and Hitler did not mind showing a flash of womens bare breast in films of the time as long as innocent people could be murdered at Aushawitz, that was real hypocrisy.He decides to make the coat for himself f- the mayor. He get's fired the next day.Starving in the December,maybe,winter he meets a gnome who gives him one wish that because of the coat he shall become important and wealthy.Before you know hes being treated right in the village. Everybody thinks he's something.Before you know it he's wearing the best clothes eating the best foods, mainly sweets and wine or that what it looks like.Important people,of the village, associates with him. He gets engage to a higher up Frau,played by Hilda Sessack, but ends up falling in love with middle class women, played by Hertha Feiller. Well, the jealous assistant finds out and destroys the spell. This has a wizard of oz type quality.This could of been chosen as Germany's first color production but it was looked over.that would of been a good enhancement to the story and plot.Quite entertaining

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