At the blonde Kathrein's (1959)

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Original title With the blonde Kathrein
Country of production Germany
original language German
Publishing year 1959
length 85 minutes
Age rating FSK 6
Director Hans Quest
script Ilse Lotz-Dupont
production Carlton Film ( Günther Stapenhorst )
Franz Seitz
music Gert Wilden
camera Heinz Schnackertz
cut Ingeborg Taschner

The blonde Kathrein is a German love and homeland film from 1959, directed by Hans Quest .


Clemens Hagen is a successful operetta tenor . When, after a performance, he can hardly save himself from an enthusiastic crowd, he has had enough of being a star. His friend Anton Eisenreich tells him that he will refuse the post of manager of the hotel "Goldene Gans" in the small tourist town of Losau. Clemens, who worked as a porter before his career as a singer , assumes his identity and goes to Losau.

The beautiful Kathrein is in charge of the hotel "Goldene Gans". She has banned all music in the hotel because her mother was once abandoned by a musician. In addition, she has vowed to never marry out of love, but only out of reason, especially since she does not believe she will ever be able to love. She is also critical of the new manager, because he flirted with her the first time he met (he didn't know who she was). Kathrein is certain that she will accept Baron Hohenried's marriage proposal, even if his daughter Micki suspects that she does not love her father. But over time, Kathrein and Clemens get closer.

Micki wants to be a pop singer and is busy rehearsing in the basement of the "Golden Goose". Porter Apfelbaum, called Apfelbäumchen, is also addicted to jazz and plays drums in Micki's combo. Clemens knows about the secret rehearsals and accepts them. When Micki then finds a record by Clemens with his likeness on the cover, she suggests a deal: She won't reveal his identity if he organizes an audition for her at his record company or gives her singing lessons. During one of these singing lessons in the cellar, Kathrein appears unexpectedly; she is horrified that Clemens, whose marriage proposal she has since accepted, has lied to her and is a singer. When Clemens' manager Weihrauch and his friend Evelyn appear and Kathrein gets the impression that Clemens and Evelyn are a couple, she separates from Clemens and he leaves Losau.

Because neither Kathrein nor Clemens can overcome their pride, but both love the other, Micki, Apfelbäumchen and Weihrauch take matters into their own hands. Clemens is involved in the Bregenz Festival and Weihrauch organized a free ticket for Kathrein - under Clemens' name and with Micki's support. Kathrein appears and Weihrauch pretends to be married to Evelyn. Clemens sees Kathrein again later in his cloakroom and believes she has forgiven him. So it comes to a happy ending, especially since Weihrauch has announced that it will sign clever Micki.


The premiere of the film took place on November 26, 1959 in the Bavaria Theater in Würzburg .

Gert Wilden was the musical director of the film . The film features hits that Hans Bertram produced and that appeared on Electrola . The compositions are by Willibald Quanz, Erich Becht and Hans Bertram (under the pseudonym Weingarten) and are sung by Ruth Fischer , Ralph Bendix and Wolfgang Sauer .

In terms of content, the film is not identical to the production of the same name from 1934.


The film hotel "Goldene Gans", in which a large part of the action takes place, is the "Strandhotel Löchnerhaus" on the island of Reichenau . The inn, in which the decision to swap Clemens Hagens identity is decided, is the historic parlor in the Hotel “Barbarossa” on the Obermarkt in Constance .

Individual scenes were shot in Meersburg . The Konstanz – Meersburg car ferry , especially the Thurgau ferry , will also be shown, and a concert in the Renaissance courtyard of the Konstanz town hall can be seen.

The operetta “1001 Nights” by Johann Strauss is mentioned several times in the film . A performance of the Bregenz Festival in August 1959 is incorporated towards the end of the film. The appearance of Gerhard Riedmann is cut; in fact, Anton Dermota sang and played the leading role at the time .


  • The lexicon of international films described Bei der blond Kathrein as "a piece of confusion according to the traditional rules of the German 1950s cinema."

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Individual evidence

  1. Klaus Brüne (Ed.): Lexicon of International Films . Volume 1. Rowohlt, Reinbek bei Hamburg 1990, p. 292.