Hugo Brinkmeyer is a rather obsessive tax accountant, with not much of a personality outside his work. His long-suffering wife Gerda sometimes finds him difficult, and they have no children. Leaving a club together one night, he takes the wrong hat with him. Eventually tracing the owner, so as to get his own back, the other man (Schwidders) asks his advice about his own tax affairs; he reveals that he has twin sons by an extra-marital affair, and his wife doesn't know. Can he nonetheless get tax relief for them? He takes Schwidders' papers with him agreeing to see what can be done, and goes on to a birthday party of an old school friend, Süsskind. It's in another club, and he stays longer than he should, and drinks more than he should. Late at night the club owner asks him for help with the accounts, and Brinkmeyer agrees, and stays even later going through the books, and drinking, with help from a dancer, Rita. When he gets home his wife cold-shoulders him, and he is in big trouble; ... Written by
Heinz Rühmann brought the portrayal of his character to a fine art: always the little man, battling against the uncertainties of life and romance, but winning through with his honesty and tenacity.
Unfortunately, the establishing of the formula led the film companies to get lazy, and not pay much attention to a strong story line. This one starts off promisingly enough, but it runs out of steam about twenty minutes in, and then it resorts to putting Rühmann's character into embarrassing situations with no concern for creative worl.
Stronger acting support and some real dramatic situations might have saved the film, but they aren't there.
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