Csardas (film)

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Original title Csardas
your greatest night
Country of production Austria
original language German
Publishing year 1935
length 84 minutes
Director Jakob Fleck
Luise Fleck
Walter Kolm-Veltée
script Fred Teller
Siegfried table
music Max Niederberger
camera Willy Hameister

Csardas (Hungarian Csárdás ) is an Austro-Czechoslovak film comedy from 1935 with Max Hansen in the leading role. It was directed by the married couple Jakob Fleck and Luise Fleck, as well as Walter Kolm-Veltée, who fled Hitler's Germany in 1933 .


Attorney Dr. On the occasion of their first wedding anniversary, Helwing and his wife Dolly invited several relatives from the country to a small celebration. Everything is well prepared, including a sumptuous meal from the restaurant. The whole concept goes completely apart when the Helwings learn that their relatives have missed the train. Dolly, who was looking forward to the party so much, doesn't want to go without the party. She has already had some alcohol and persuades her husband to go out with her tonight. The two of them quickly start a pleasure tour through the bars, where Dolly in particular starts to get on with it every now and then.

During both of their absence, the Helwings receive uninvited gentlemen. The notorious burglar "Monokel-Fredy" enters the Helwing villa with some of his cronies to clear the house. But now he too is surprised, because while Mr. and Mrs. Helwing are making a splash in the city, the hunchbacked relatives from the country have finally arrived. Ganove Fredy comes up with something in a flash and claims to the visitors that he is a friend of the house. Meanwhile, the Helwings get caught in a police raid in the “Inferno” bar and are promptly arrested because neither of them has any identification documents with them. To identify him, the police called the Helwing house and promptly got “Monocle Fredy” on the line. Who claims that he is the lawyer himself. The police keep the Helwing couple in their cell for the time being, while the crook and his men calmly rob the house and the surprised relatives. Then the crooks seek the distance.

The imprisoned husband now says that the police want to have spoken to a Mr. Helwing in his house is not at all acceptable, since he is the only real lawyer Helwing, and asks the police to drive over to his house and see if everything is right. When the police pull up on site, there are actually strangers in the house: the relatives who arrived late. The is now consequently arrested - as a suspected burglar. Helwings and relatives meet again at the police station, while a little later “Monocle Fredy” and his cronies also fall into the clutches of state power. Dolly is reconciled with her husband, who is on the verge of a nervous breakdown, because she especially had fun with the pub crawl on the first wedding anniversary.

Production notes

Csardas , also known as Your Greatest Night , was created in the Barrandov studios in Prague and was shown for the first time in Austria on December 13, 1935. Given the greater involvement of Jews in this film, Csardas was not allowed in Hitler's Germany.

Max Heilbronner designed the film structures.

The former silent film star (“Stuart Webbs” films) Ernst Reicher , who went into exile in Prague in 1933, played his last German-language (and now tiny) film role here.

Co-director Walter Kolm-Veltée was Luises Fleck's son from his marriage to Anton Kolm, who died in 1922 .


The following music tracks were played:

  • Against melancholy a glass of vermouth
  • I am not a millionaire
  • Ize, ize
  • Do you know how beautiful life can be?


The Österreichische Film-Zeitung located Max Hansen and his partners “in a funny plot full of funny mix-ups”.

On film.at it says: “A fast-paced big city comedy with wicked bars, police raids, hard-drinking blondes and cheeky crooks. Tibor von Halmay and Hans Olden were able to create lively characters even from small roles, and Max Hansen was and is the main attraction of the film: his smart boy face, his sure sense of visual impact and timing as well as his memorable voice made him the ideal sound film comedian. This was his penultimate appearance in a German-language film. "

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. "Csardas (your greatest night)". In:  Österreichische Film-Zeitung , December 20, 1935, p. 2 (online at ANNO ).Template: ANNO / Maintenance / fil
  2. Csardas on film.at