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The Song of Night (1932)

Das Lied einer Nacht (original title)
Opera star Enrico Ferraro, tired of his stressful schedule, changes trains for a Swiss vacation. When his presence is discovered at the peaceful lakeside resort, he changes places with a ... See full summary »


Anatole Litvak
1 nomination. See more awards »


Cast overview:
Jan Kiepura ... Enrico Ferraro
Magda Schneider ... Mathilde
Fritz Schulz ... Koretzky
Otto Wallburg ... Pategg
Ida Wüst ... Mrs. Pategg
Margo Lion ... Manager of Ferraro
Julius Falkenstein ... Balthasar
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Opera star Enrico Ferraro, tired of his stressful schedule, changes trains for a Swiss vacation. When his presence is discovered at the peaceful lakeside resort, he changes places with a new friend pretending he is his secretary. Free at last he explores the country and meets a beautiful girl. Written by BSK

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Comedy | Musical


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In one of the opening shots the shadow of camera and crane can be seen briefly in the background. See more »


Alternate-language version of La chanson d'une nuit (1933) See more »


Tempo - Tempo
Music by Mischa Spoliansky
Lyrics by Marcellus Schiffer
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Lively early musical shows its maker's hand.
9 March 2003 | by MozjoukineSee all my reviews

The German version of this polyglot musical is marginally more ambitious than the parallel French version and probably the lost English one.It is shows director Litvak already tracking, panning and quick cutting to push up the pace of his work - something which will deliver BLUES IN THE NIGHT more than a decade later in Hollywood.

This film, with Polish tenor Kiepura, here paired with a wants to be cutesy Magda Schneider, instead of wife Marthe Eggert, seems strained as they jam in the Spolianski song, loads of opera extracts, Swiss scenery, dumb comedy and plot about our hero switching places with the traveling con man he meets on the train, while evading his determined lady manageress Lion.

However when Kiepura finds he has to prove his identity in the presence of the local theater company, whose accompanist sits down to the police station portable organ (it's that kind of film), the music, inventive staging and surprise outcome are an unexpected delight and the movie builds enough momentum to carry it through to an Ende title.

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Release Date:

26 October 1932 (Hungary) See more »

Also Known As:

A Canção de uma Noite See more »

Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Tobis-Klangfilm)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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