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Fanfaren der Liebe (1951)

Two out of work musicians put on drag to get work in an all girl band. Inevitable comical romantic complications ensue.


Kurt Hoffmann


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Georg Thomalla Georg Thomalla ... Peter
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Ilse Petri Ilse Petri ... Sabine
Beppo Brem Beppo Brem ... Boxer
Hans Fitz Hans Fitz ... Friedrich
Ursula Traun Ursula Traun ... Anette
Viktor Afritsch Viktor Afritsch ... Friseur
Herbert Kroll Herbert Kroll ... Poehle
Michl Lang Michl Lang ... Hotelportier Brunhuber
Walter Kiaulehn Walter Kiaulehn ... Oberkellner (as Walther Kiaulehn)
Olly Gubo Olly Gubo


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West Germany



Release Date:

14 September 1951 (West Germany) See more »

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Fanfares of Love See more »

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1.37 : 1
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This movie is based on the story that was the inspiration for Billy Wilder's Some Like It Hot (1959). Wilder took the basic idea of the two musicians finding a job in a girls band, disguised as women. However he said that the German original was "thirdclass, absolutely terrible and miserable". See more »


Hans Mertens: Miss, I have a great idea. A hit. It will hit everything.
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Referenced in Hilfe, ich liebe Zwillinge (1969) See more »


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The "original" Some Like it Hot, mit schlag!
13 December 2001 | by jkpr1See all my reviews

Someone taped this film from German TV for me and I was stunned to discover just how closely Billy Wilder followed the plot in creating his masterpiece "Some Like It Hot."

Wilder has commented that this film inspired him because it contained a single scene in which a pair of hungry out of work musicians joined an all-girl orchestra.

Not so!

The entire film deals with the two musicians who join an all-girl orchestra. There is a gruff older band leader, a la "Sweet Sue"; a band singer who both men fall in love with; an overnight train ride to a resort in Bavaria; much switching in and out of drag to woo the band singer, and close escapes from being unmasked.

Granted, SLIH is in every way a far funnier and better crafted film. The shift of time frame to Roaring 20s America gives it added energy as well as a period sheen that also comfortably distances the audience from the film's gender-bending humor.

Nevertheless, the two male leads in FANFAREN play 'refined' German ladies of a certain age with great comic timing, then pose as the 'cousin' and 'brother' of their doppelgaengers.

FANFAREN is a low-budget comedy, lacking the star power, production values or memorable music of its Hollywood successor.

Grethe Weiser, who plays the "Sweet Sue" role, was a venerable supporting comic actress who appeared in several of Zarah Leander 1940's spectacles. She alone provides a commanding presence here.

I wish some creative programmer would get a print of this film and screen it with SLIH, so audiences could see the similarities and differences for themselves.

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