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Victor and Victoria (1933)

Viktor und Viktoria (original title)
Aspiring singer Susanne takes over for ham actor Viktor at a small cabaret in Berlin where he works a woman impersonator and per chance she's discovered by an agent, who thinks that she ... See full summary »

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Reinhold Schünzel
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Renate Müller ... Susanne Lohr
Hermann Thimig ... Viktor Hempel
Hilde Hildebrand ... Ellinor
Friedel Pisetta Friedel Pisetta ... Lilian
Fritz Odemar ... Douglas
Aribert Wäscher Aribert Wäscher ... Francesco Alberto Punkertin
Anton Walbrook ... Robert (as Adolf Wohlbrück)
Ernst Behmer Ernst Behmer ... (as Behmer)
Georg Georgi Georg Georgi ... (as Georgi)
Goroll Goroll
Karl Harbacher Karl Harbacher ... (as Harbacher)
Trude Lehmann Trude Lehmann ... (as Lehmann)
Henry Lorenzen Henry Lorenzen ... (as Lorenzen)
Herbert Paulmüller Herbert Paulmüller ... (as Paulmüller)
Rudolf Platte ... (as Platte)
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Aspiring singer Susanne takes over for ham actor Viktor at a small cabaret in Berlin where he works a woman impersonator and per chance she's discovered by an agent, who thinks that she really is a man. She becomes famous, but her situation becomes troublesome when she falls in love with Robert. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Comedy | Musical

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Country:

Germany

Language:

German | English

Release Date:

27 January 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Victor and Victoria See more »

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Production Co:

Universum Film (UFA) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Klangfilm)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Connections

Referenced in Rotwang muß weg! (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Komm doch ein bischen mit nach Madrid
Music by Franz Doelle
Words by Bruno Balz
Sung by Susanne Lohr during her Spanish routine
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As delightful and funny as Victor/Victoria
27 July 2001 | by Zen BonesSee all my reviews

This film was obviously the inspiration for the 1982 film VICTOR/VICTORIA, but that film went off appropriately in the direction that a contemporary film about gender role-playing should go into. They thankfully did not remake this original film, because this film stands on its own as extremely entertaining, and as a fascinating glimpse into the last carefree days of filmmaking in the Weimar Republic. It is an incredible record of its era. Much of the dialogue is spoken in verse (and very cleverly I might add!), and there are musical numbers that make one reflect on both the Busby Berkeley musicals of 1930s Hollywood and of the film CABARET, made decades later. The cast is exemplary. Renate Muller should have been a bigger star than Marlene Dietrich, and it's exciting to see Anton Walbrook looking younger and more dashing than ever. The film doesn't go into the same risque sexual identity antics that VICTOR/VICTORIA went into, but it still provides some amusing turns on gender role-playing, including a hilarious scene where "Viktoria" gets a shave. It is just a pure delight all the way through, and fans of VICTOR/VICTORIA will enjoy making comparisons.


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