We Make Music

We Make Music (German: Wir machen Musik) is a 1942 German musical comedy film directed by Helmut Käutner, starring Ilse Werner, Viktor de Kowa and Edith Oß.[1]

We Make Music
Wir machen Musik (We make music); Header of the movie from 1942
Directed byHelmut Käutner
Written by
Music by
CinematographyJan Roth
Edited byHelmuth Schönnenbeck
Distributed byDeutsche Filmvertriebs
Release date
8 October 1942
Running time
95 minutes


It is a revue film, loosely based on the stage work Karl III. und Anna von Österreich by Manfried Rössner. Karl Zimmermann, a composer whose idols are Johann Sebastian Bach and classical composers, dreams of being successful with his own opera and composes popular music for fun, but does not try to distribute it for reasons of honor. His wife, Anni Pichler is a popular singer and secretly sells his popular songs so that they can make a living. When he finally completes his opera and it is rejected by the public, he realizes that his true talent is composing popular music and not dishonorable.


  • Ilse Werner as Anni Pichler
  • Viktor de Kowa as Paul Zimmermann
  • Edith Oß as Trude, a trumpeter
  • Grethe Weiser as Monika Bratzberger
  • Georg Thomalla as Franz Sperling
  • Rolf Weih as Peter Schäfer
  • Ilse Buhl as Alt-Saxophonist
  • Sabine Naundorff as Tenor-Saxophonist
  • Hilde Adolphi as trombonist
  • Gertrud Leonhardt as guitar player
  • Eva Gotthardt as bass player
  • Kurt Seifert as Hugo Bratzberger
  • Victor Janson as Direktor Pröschke
  • Lotte Werkmeister as Karl's landlady, Frau Zierbarth
  • Helmuth Helsig as a chimney sweep
  • Ewald Wenck as Gasmann Knebel
  • Wilhelm Bendow as stage manager
  • Klaus Pohl as stagehand at the Oper
  • Sonja Kuska as Barbara, a music teacher
  • Otto Braml as chairman of examiners
  • Curt Cappi as Kellner Neumann
  • Friedrich Wilhelm Dann as bus-conductor
  • Hanne Fey as secretary of the music publishers
  • Robert Forsch as Mehmann, director of the music publishers
  • Karl Hannemann as Direktor der Opernbühne
  • Sonja Kuske as Barbara, Musikschülerin
  • Karin Luesebrink as Musikstudentin
  • Artur Malkowsky as Opernsänger bei der Premiere
  • Maria von Höslin as Peters Braut
  • Helga Warnecke as Musikstudentin
  • Gertrud Seelhorst
  • Hansi Würbauer
  • Sabine André
  • Ernst Schiffner


  1. Hake p. 58


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