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Wenn die Liebe Mode macht! (1932)




Country: Germany
Language: German
Media: Black/White
Sound: Mono




What is a Midinette??

Wonderfully elegant, sexy, delightful, slender and fine.
Who doesn't know them, this  phenomenon of Paris sublime.
Always deeply in love

Annually, on St. Catherine's day, the Mindinettes of Paris celebrate their grand festival,  young girls from sewing workshops and fashion salons, from hat and glove shops. Then the streets in the garment center belong to these merry girls who've thrown all caution to the winds and, in the evening live the high life.

Anyone who's kissed a Mindinette even  once falls in love with her! Because such a sweet little Mindinette is unique  in this world.

All of them are in love, these sweet little girls who spend their days working hard  in Farell's workshops sewing the expensive, refined dresses

Nelly, the little seamstress, also is in love. And while her blond head is bent over her work at the sewing table, she thinks about Charlie the elegant, world famous fashion designer whose dresses are all the rage. But he is out of reach for her, even if she's talented herself and has even studied fashion design, not only sewing. He doesn't even know that she exists. His thoughts are only about the vain and mundane Suzanne after whom his newest fashion creation is named. It's a wonderful evening gown, a dream made of sapphire blue silk that's expected to be the highlight of the international fashion conference that's scheduled for the next day.

The back is covered with fabric all the way to the top, which makes it unusual. Nelly finds this horrible. But that's the way Charlie wants it because lovely Suzanne can't show her bare back; in fact, she's recently had a car  accident and glass splinters have embedded her once beautiful back

But Nelly doesn't know this; so she decides to disobey orders and make the gown open backed. She hopes that the result will prove that she was right, that Charlie will notice her and perhaps that she can get a job as his assistant in the drawing studio, thus bringing her closer to the object of her affections.

At the Mindinette's ball, Charlie is attracted to beautiful blond Nelly, whom he'd never before noticed. She in turn feels closer to her goal than ever before.

But, the next day, when Suzanne tries on her gown, all fury is unleashed. The dress clearly shows Suzanne's bandaged back. 

Charlie is livid; Madame Henriette, the manager rushes about; and Suzanne yells and refuses to put on the dress. As for poor Nelly, she sits at her sewing table and cries in despair, the gown lying limply on her lap. She's ordered to repair without delay so that it can be shown at the fashion conference.

Suzanne advises her boyfriend, the corpulent Philippe Guilbert, not to pay for the gown, especially since he is in enormous financial difficulty anyway. The big fur company in which he's invested his fortune is bankrupt and all that he could get out of it is 70'000 monkey pelts. And nobody but monkeys wears monkey pelts anymore anyway!

Fat Guilbert doesn't know what to do. Everybody is laughing about him and his 70'000 monkey pelts. And Farell's refuses to take back Suzanne's gown. What shall he do with it? - So he offers it to Nelly in order to console her. "Those damned monkey pelts... and 70'000 of them!" he thinks.

Tension at Farell's is at its apex. The all important fashion conference has begun and all the most important industry bigwigs are gathered there. Mrs. Kéleman from Budapest is unhappy about all the slender designs; as a result she isn't selling any of her corsets. Farell is trying to get sapphire blue accepted as THE in fashion color; he's stocked up on sapphire and hopes to make a killing. 

Suddenly Mrs. Kéleman realizes that there are 13 of them seated around the table... a very ominous sign! Something must be done about this! Only Nelly is still at work - she must help. She quickly slips into the sapphire blue high fashion gown that's still open in the back and enters into the room of the gala conference. Charlie quickly gives her some last minute instructions. A cocktail gives her courage... and another... and another. Her courage continues to grow. The whole world appears rosy red and sapphire blue to her.  When a controversy breaks out about which color to choose as "in" for this season, little Nelly, the seamstress intervenes: 

One wears red when one's in love. 
One wears blue when one wants to be true.
One wears a green dress when one hopes it'll rain.
That color makes you look so slender and mundane

One wears red when one is in love.
One wears yellow out of jealousy.
In her choice a woman shows, into which direction her mood goes.
Today she wears red, tomorrow blue and after that who knows.

The conference participants - except for Farell himself whose dreams of sapphire blue have just vanished into thin  air  - are all delighted with the lovely new girl from his fashion house. Charlie begins to like the open back cut of her dress. After all, Nelly's back is first class to say the least. In fact everything about her pleases him more and more with each passing minute.

But Nelly still isn't finished. Upon seeing poor, fat, Guibert about whom everyone is laughing, she thinks of the 70'000 monkey pelts. Why did fate bring her to the gala fashion conference? Well, ten minutes later, Farell has learned that monkey pelts are going to be the fashion hit of the new season. But where is Guilbert? Now is the time to quickly buy and buy! The poor hapless fat guy, depressed, is lying in his bed dreaming of monkeys swinging from tree to tree. He doesn't want to hear the phone ring anymore, because he's sik of all his friends stupid monkey jokes.

The next day, when Nelly innocently and wide awake shows up at work, she's very astonished to learn that she's been summarily fired. Farell will never forgive her for he sapphire blue incident. 

But she's in luck. Overhearing that Farell wants to buy fat Guilbert's monkey pelts from him for a song, she intervenes. 

He quickly understands. She's just become his business partner and takes over the negotiations herself. Intractable, Nelly is determined that Farell must bleed; Oh, sweet revenge! 

Seeing this, Charlie comes to his boss's aid. Once he's on the scene, the  ice around Nelly's heart begins to thaw; in fact, with each additional kiss it melts even more as the price of the pelts gets lower and lower... until Guilbert steps into stop it.

For the couple of love birds, the sky is sapphire blue and the clouds are red... all decorated with monkey pelts. 

Charlie decides not to name his new fashion creation Suzanne, but Nelly instead. 

Anyone who's even kissed a Mindinette is in love with her... oh, how in love with her!





Hubert v. Meyerink 

Georg Alexander
Gertrud Wolle
Walter Steinbeck
Renate Müller,
Ilse Korseck, Elfriede Jerra & Maria v. Tasnady
Otto Wallburg
Kurt Vespermann
Hilde Hildebrand

Max Ehrlich

International Fashion Committee:
Gisela Werbezirk
Hermann Vallentin
Hermann Blass
Albert v. Kersten

Vera Witt
Hans Behal
Ossip Darmatow
Alfred Durra
R. Meinhard Jünger
John Orde
Max Ralf-Ostermann
Midinettes of Paris  

...Farell, Paris fashion house
...Charley, Chief Designer
...Henriette, Manager
...Théophile Bardoux
...Nelly, Midinetten
...Agnes, Louise & Yvonne,
   Seamstresses in Farell's 
   fashion house
   Philippe Guilbert
...Pierre, his Driver
...Suzanne Mollisson, a
   loose lady
...Fur storage manager

...Mrs. Kéleman, Budapest
...Ullmann, Berlin
...Mühldorfer, Vienna
...Roselli, Milano

Directed by Franz Wenzler

Written by Ph. L. Mayring &
Fr. Zeckendorf, based on Rudolf Egers' comedy "13 bei Tisch" (13 at the Table)

Produced by Bruno Duday

Cinematography by Werner Brandes

Stage sets built by Julius von Borsody

Sound by Ludwig Ruhe

Music by Hans-Otto Borgmann

Song insertions by P. Mann & St. Weiss

Text by Fritz Rotter

Direction assistant Eric Holder

Editing by Konstantin Mick

Costumes by L. Joe Strassner

Production company: Ufa-Tonfilm

Rental by Ufaleih





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