When the Mad Aunts Arrive

When the Mad Aunts Arrive (German: Wenn die tollen Tanten kommen) is a 1970 West German musical comedy film directed by Franz Josef Gottlieb and starring Rudi Carrell, Ilja Richter and Chris Roberts.[1] In one of a group of films during the era inspired by the cross-dressing plot of Charley's Aunt, two men end up at a Carinthian hotel resort disguised as females. This leads to confusion during their romantic pursuit of woman.

When the Mad Aunts Arrive
Directed byFranz Josef Gottlieb
Produced byIlse Kubaschewski
Written by
  • Kurt Nachmann
  • August Rieger
Music by
  • Gerhard Heinz
  • Werner Twardy
CinematographyHeinz Hölscher
Edited by
  • Christine Brandt
  • Traude Krappl-Maass
  • Divina-Film
  • Lisa-Film
Distributed byConstantin Film
Release date
6 August 1970
Running time
95 minutes
CountryWest Germany

The film was shot on location in Munich and the Wörthersee in Austria. The film's sets were designed by Eberhard Schröder.



  1. Bock & Bergfelder p.269


  • Bock, Hans-Michael & Bergfelder, Tim. The Concise CineGraph. Encyclopedia of German Cinema. Berghahn Books, 2009.
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