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The Only Girl (1933)

Ich und die Kaiserin (original title)
When the Marquis de Pontignac falls off his horse; he is seemingly brought back from death by the voice of a mysterious woman. He believes that his savior is the Empress of France when it is truly her hairdresser Juliette.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lilian Harvey ... Juliette
Mady Christians ... Empress
Conrad Veidt ... Marquis de Pontignac
Heinz Rühmann ... Didier
Friedel Schuster Friedel Schuster ... Annabel (voice)
Hubert von Meyerinck ... Flügeladjutant
Julius Falkenstein ... Offenbach
Paul Morgan ... Erfinder des Fahrrades
Hans Hermann Schaufuß ... Doctor
Käte Kühl Käte Kühl ... Marianne
Heinrich Gretler Heinrich Gretler ... Sanitäter
Eugen Rex ... Etienne, Diener des Marquis
Hans Deppe Hans Deppe
Hans Nowack Hans Nowack ... Erfinder des Telefons
Margot Höpfner

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When the Marquis de Pontignac falls off his horse; he is seemingly brought back from death by the voice of a mysterious woman. He believes that his savior is the Empress of France when it is truly her hairdresser Juliette.

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According to the director's memoirs the movie's ending had to be changed because star Lilian Harvey demanded it and even went to the UFA chief to get her will. In her opinion the stars had to get each other at the end while her intended partner could be flirted with but not married. See more »

Connections

Alternate-language version of Moi et l'impératrice (1933) See more »

Soundtracks

Mir ist so Milliomär zu Mut
Music by Franz Waxman
Lyrics by Robert Gilbert
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Me and the Empress
8 April 2004 | by Mayesgwtw39See all my reviews

A dashing marquis bends from his horse when he discovers a lost garter in the woods and falls. During his delirium he is serenaded by a little hairdresser. She is the person who lost the garter to begin with and has only come to get it back having borrowed it from her employer--the empress of France. The marquis mistakenly thinks he was nursed by the empress, herself, and decides to woo her.

This was Lilian Harvey's last UFA film before she left for the Hollywood. It has a weird charm, opulent sets and a great cast, but somehow never quite comes together. There isn't much chemistry between Harvey and Conrad Veidt or her second lead Heinz Ruehmann. This may have something to do with the melancholy of it's being pretty near the end of the Weimar film era and the heydey of Harvey's career. Many of the most key people at UFA had already begun to emigrate and be forced out of the business.

The tunes are good and the little subplot with Offenbach gives the film a chance to use some bits of operetta to comic advantage. Somehow, however, the film probably wasn't the best send-off for UFA's biggest star.


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Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

23 April 1933 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Strumpfband der Kaiserin See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Universum Film (UFA) See more »
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Mono (Tobis-Klangfilm)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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