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Wien, du Stadt der Lieder (1930)
Vienna, City of Song (USA 1930)


  Country: Germany
  Language: German
  Media: Black/White
  Sound: Mono
  Length: 2752 Meters
  Duration: 101 Minutes

Film Excerpts

Intro & Credits





This film is shot in Ufa-Ateliers Neubabelsberg. Shooting takes place intermittantly from late January 1930 till early March of the same year. In all there are 15 days of filming. It is Richard Oswald's first full sound film.

On March 24th 1930, the Censors (Filmprüfstelle Berlin) authorize it  for projection (document:  B. 25457, Jf).

The premier of this movie, Richard Oswald's first sound film, takes place on April 3rd 1930.

Breaking with the then popular wine, women and song genre by filling most of the leading roles with leading stars from Berlin's cabaret scene (in particular Siegfried Arno, Paul Morgan, Max Ehrlich and Paul Graetz), this film immediately meets with  enormous public acclaim.

Steffi is in love with the unemployed musician Pepi. Still, her father the instru-ment retailer, Ignaz Korn, wants her to marry one of his card playing buddies the butcher Burgstaller.

When the typesetter, Cäsar Grün, purposely misprints a winning lottery number in the newspaper, Korn and Burgstaller, thinking they have won, pay the drinks for everybody in the Bock Café and then give away their businesses.

Once the misprint is corrected, there is great disappointment and dispair. In the end, orderly relationships are re-established on all sides ...and over in the musical instrument shop Pepi and Steffi are sitting together blissfully, their wedding announcement in hand



Charlotte Ander
Paul Morgan
Igo Sym
Max Hansen
Siegfried Arno
Paul Graetz
Max Ehrlich
Sigi Hofer
Dora Hrach
Irene Ambrus
Grete Natzler
Gustl Stark-Gstettenbauer
Luigi Bernaue




...Pokorny, Master Tailor
...Pepi, Pokorny's Son
...Burgstaller, Master Butcher
...Ferninand, Café Cashier
...Piefke, Traveller from Berlin
...Old Printer (Cäsar Grün)
...Ignaz Korn, Steffi's Father
...Emilie, Ignaz' Wife
...Ilona, Sales Person
...Mrs. Bock, Café Keeper
...Gustl, Pikkolo
...Nature Singer

Directed and produced by Richard Oswald

Written by Ernest Neubach
in collaboration with Max
& Paul Morgan

Cinematography by Friedl
Behn-Grund & Paul Holzki

Music by Hans May

Stage sets built by Franz Schroedter

Make-up by Alfred Lehmann
& Adolf Arnold

Sound Production by Guido Bagier

Sound Artistic Advice by
Hans Conradi

Sound Camera by Hermann Stoer

System by Tobias-System

Production Company was
Richard Oswald-Production GmbH, Berlin

Production supervised by
Richard Oswald

Rental in Germany
exclusively by
Atlas Film-Verleih GmbH
Erich Morawsky & Georg Casper
Berlin SW 48
Friedrichsstrasse 23





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