Two musicians, Hans and Peter, are out of work. They make regular visits to the booking agent, but there's no work. After several false starts, they are desperate, and when they hear that an all-woman band, the Alpine Violets, have been let down and are desperate for two female musicians, they know that fate is knocking for them. When they hear that the band is going to a luxury Alpine hotel to record a gramophone record, they can't wait to get on board. They enlist the help of a friendly makeup artiste and practise their girly body language. After a street test they are sure they pass, so it's back to the agency to volunteer. They pass a quick audition, so it's down to the station for the night train to Ingolstadt, with the rest of the band. They get introduced to all the other girls, who are already in their pyjamas in their sleeping berths. After a lot of giggling and innuendo, fortunately they are in their own compartment for the night. Next morning, the train hasn't yet reached ... Written by
Of course this movie does not reach the eight-years-later production "Some Like It Hot" by Billy Wilder, but nevertheless this one is a real big fun! The story is well-known, in "Fanfaren..." you're only missing the opening with machine guns. The rest is quite the same. Billy Wilder was famous for his "tempo", the running gags, the brilliance of his comedies. "Fanfaren..." is much less confused and thrilling, but a solid German comedy with the stars of that time! Georg Thomalla must have loved playing the "old spouse", and Dieter Borsche - womanizer of his time! - looked very much better dressed up like a woman! Perhaps it is not really necessary to compare these two movies, but: Grethe Weiser is surely the better "Sweet Sue". Think of "Some Like It Hot" with her in the role of "Sue"...
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