Girls in White

Girls in White (German: Mädchen in Weiß) is a 1936 German musical comedy film directed by Victor Janson and starring Maria Cebotari, Iván Petrovich and Hilde von Stolz.[1]

Girls in White
Directed byVictor Janson
Produced byHans von Wolzogen
Written by
  • Harald Bratt
  • Will Spindler
Music byTheo Mackeben
CinematographyWilly Hameister
Fabrikation Deutscher Filme
Distributed by
  • Märkische Film
  • Kiba Kinobetriebsanstalt (Austria)
Release date
  • 29 August 1936 (1936-08-29)
Running time
85 minutes

Set in pre-revolutionary Russia at the Smolny Institute, the film tells the story of the young student Daniela, who wants to follow in her mother's footsteps and become an opera singer.[2][3] The film's most famous song is "I am Here to be Happy" ("Ich bin auf der Welt glücklich zu sein").[2][4]



Contemporary American critics complimented Cebotari's work in the "operatic film."[5] Variety noted that it was "not exactly a second 'Mädchen in Uniform' for world consumption," but praised Cebotari's performance.[2]


  1. Alfred, Krautz (1984). International directory of cinematographers, set- and costume designers in film. 4. International Federation of Film Archives. p. 64. ISBN 978-3-598-21434-9.
  2. "Film Reviews – Maedchen in Weiss". Variety. October 7, 1936.
  3. Bock, Hans-Michael; Bergfelder, Tim, eds. (2009-09-30). The Concise Cinegraph: Encyclopaedia of German Cinema. Berghahn Books. ISBN 978-0-85745-565-9.
  4. violacarolavoila (2009-07-18), Maria Cebotari singt "Ich bin auf der Welt um glücklich zu sein", retrieved 2019-06-10
  5. "Musical Notes from Abroad". The Musical Times. 77 (1125): 1039. November 1936 via JSTOR.
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