Love Premiere

Love Premiere (German: Liebespremiere) is a 1943 German comedy film directed by Arthur Maria Rabenalt and starring Hans Söhnker, Kirsten Heiberg and Fritz Odemar.[1] The film's sets were designed by Robert Herlth.

Love Premiere
Directed byArthur Maria Rabenalt
Produced byWalter Tost
Written by
Starring
Music byFranz Grothe
CinematographyJan Roth
Edited byIra Oberberg
Production
company
Distributed byDeutsche Filmvertriebs
Release date
11 June 1943
Running time
88 minutes
CountryGermany
LanguageGerman

The film based on the stage play "Axel an der Himmelstür", that was a great success for Zarah Leander and established her marvelous career in 1936. When Zarah Leander signed a film contract with Ufa in Babelsberg in 1937, Kirsten Heiberg was invited to replace Leander on stage but refused to. In 1943 originally Zarah Leander was the first choice to recreate her role on the silver screen but she left Germany in the midst of 1943 to return to her native Sweden. Thus Kirsten Heiberg could return to the screen after a film interdiction of two years. Her husband Franz Grothe wrote all new songs for her and the film was a huge success. It is totally non-political and still one of the best German efforts to find an own kind of sophisticated comedy.

Cast

  • Hans Söhnker as Komponist Axel Berndt
  • Kirsten Heiberg as Vera Warden, Operettensängerin
  • Fritz Odemar as Werner Rombach, Musikverleger
  • Margot Hielscher as Margit Thomas, Tänzerin, Freundin von Rombach
  • Rolf Weih as Andreas Hansen, Librettist
  • Charlott Daudert as Jenny, Veras Freundin, Frau von Rolf
  • Heinz Welzel as Rolf, Rechtsanwalt
  • Rudolf Schündler as Der Regisseur
  • Maria Litto as Irene, Mädchen bei Vera
  • Fritz Böttger as Fred, Sänger
  • Kurt Daehn as Ein Bühnenarbeiter in der Revue
  • Roswitha Knopf as Biggi, ein 5jähriges Kind, genannt "Sternchen"
  • Irmgard Petzold as Das Mädchen bei Rombach
  • Ernö René as Der Kapellmeister in der "Majestic Bar"
  • Annegret Riffel as Frau Strohmacher, Veras Garderobiere
  • Walter Ringelwald as Ein bekannter Veras, Hochzeitsgast
  • Hans Sanden as Der Kostümberater Veras
  • Walter Schenk as Der Kostümberater Veras
  • Leo Sloma as Ein Gepäckträger mit Veras Koffer
  • Walter Steinweg as Der Bühneninspizient
  • Walter Stummvoll as Der enttäuschte Author
  • Egon Vogel as Der Aktfotograf von gegenüber
  • Alexandra Weiß as Eine gestörte Hausbewohnerin
  • Rolf Welzel as Rolf, Rechtsanwalt
  • Ursula Voß
  • Erika Weigt
  • Erna Dörner-Götz

References

  1. Hake p. 62

Bibliography

  • Hake, Sabine. Popular Cinema of the Third Reich. University of Texas Press, 2001.
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