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A Blonde Dream (1932)

Ein blonder Traum (original title)
A penniless artiste is distracted from her dreams of Hollywood stardom by two hard-up but high-spirited window cleaners, both called Willy.

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Paul Martin
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lilian Harvey ... Jou-Jou
Willy Fritsch ... Willy I
Willi Forst ... Willy II
Paul Hörbiger ... Vogelscheuche
Trude Hesterberg Trude Hesterberg ... Illustrierte Ilse
C. Hooper Trask C. Hooper Trask ... Charles J. Merryman
Hans Deppe Hans Deppe ... Merrymans Sekretär
Wolfgang Heinz Wolfgang Heinz ... Portier
Barbara Pirk Barbara Pirk
Ina von Elben Ina von Elben ... (as Ina van Elben)
Ernst Behmer Ernst Behmer
Hugo Döblin Hugo Döblin
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A penniless artiste is distracted from her dreams of Hollywood stardom by two hard-up but high-spirited window cleaners, both called Willy.

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Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

23 September 1932 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

A Blonde Dream See more »

Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany See more »

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Production Co:

Universum Film (UFA) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (existing print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Tobis-Klangfilm)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Alternate-language version of A Blonde Dream (1932) See more »

Soundtracks

Wir zahlen keine Miete mehr!
Lied und Foxtrot
Text von Walter Reisch
Musik von Werner R. Heymann
Ich hab' so Sehnsucht, ich träum' so oft
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15 November 2003 | by Mayesgwtw39See all my reviews

While the politics of this movie certainly reflect the time, the script by Reisch and Wilder has a lot in it that goes beyond the usual Weimar/National Socialist transition films.

Forst is great as a self-involved cad who competes with his best friend Fritsch for the affection of Harvey's Jou-Jou (a showbiz wannabe whose last dime has been conned from her by a smooth-talker claiming to be a Hollywood big shot) The clever double entendre that one expects from Wilder is in the script as are some terrifically shot musical numbers.

One of the most innovative is a dream sequence that follows a train out of the city of Berlin under the Atlantic Ocean to NYC and across to Hollywood. The simplicity of a makeshift home in a boxcar is lampooned by a catchy number called "We Don't Pay Rent Anymore", and resonates for the Depression era. Then there is a wistful Lilian Harvey standard called "Somewhere on Earth" that also reflects the yearning for security and happiness that were prevalent during that globally unstable time.

All in all, this is a witty and enjoyable ribbing of hard times, big aspirations and love. The cast plays it to the hilt with remarkable chemistry from Forst, Fritsch and Hoerbiger. And, as she mostly always was, Lilian Harvey proves herself charming, lovely and one of the most compelling of the 30's film stars.


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