Do you want to meet the loveliest girl of Europe?
VIKTOR UND VIKTORIA
Germany 1933, Directed by: Reinhold Schünzel, Camera: Konstantin Irmen-Tschet, Music: Franz Doelle, Produzent: Alfred Zeisler.
With: Hermann Thimig, Renate Müller, Adolf Wohlbrück, Fritz Odemar, Hilde Hildebrand, Aribert Wäscher.
Susanne Lohr, a non-successful singer, meets Viktor Hempel, a non-successful actor. He wants to play Shakespeare, but makes his money by singing, dressed up like a woman, in a varieté. One night he has a bad cold and can't sing. He needs his fee and so Susanne agrees to sing for him. She dresses up as a man, who pretends to be a woman and she is a huge success on stage! Thanks to her new agent she makes an international career. Suddenly Susanne has everything she ever wanted: she makes a lot of money with her singing and lives a comfortable life. Things start to get complicated, when Susanne falls in love...with Robert, who thinks she is a man...and all the women fall in love with Susanne, the pretty man "Viktoria".
This is one of the funniest, most light-hearted movies I have ever seen. Highly delightful, but never corny or over the edge. Renate Müller was a perfect comedienne, with a lovely voice. And she did look good in a suit! She makes me laugh out loud, when she does not want to change in the men's changeroom, has to accompany Robert to the barber-shop and gets shaved, nearly uses her powder-case while sitting at the bar and flirts with women to keep up her mask.
"Fräulein Susanne, be a man!"
Forget about the Julie Andrews version, watch the original.
Click on the picture below to see Renate Müller sing "I Got a Little Castle in Spain". Yes. In English.