The other me (1941)

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Original title The other me
Country of production Germany
original language German
Publishing year 1941
length 102 minutes
Director Wolfgang Liebeneiner
script Heinrich Spoerl
production Heinrich Jonen for Tobis film art (Berlin)
music Werner Bochmann
camera Friedl Behn-Grund
cut Marte Rau

The other I is a German feature film from the year 1941. Directed by Wolfgang Liebeneiner play Hilde Krahl and Mathias Wieman the leading roles.


Magdalena Menzel comes to Berlin from the provinces to apply for a job as a technical draftsman. During her interview at the Wuellner works, she is so insecure and nervous that the chief engineer Hesse who interviewed her initially put off until later times. Magdalena is about to leave the factory premises when she takes another quick look at the newspaper advertisement. In Plant 2, Hall 4, we are looking for an office worker with assertiveness who is also willing to work night shifts. Magdalena didn't think twice and got a job as a workshop clerk for the night shift master, Hannemann. However, since Hannemann thinks that her attractiveness could unduly distract the hard-working men, Magdalena changes her appearance a little to her (visual) disadvantage. Then she immediately starts work without waiting long for Hannemann's approval.

As soon as she has successfully completed the first night shift, chief engineer Hesse Magdalena asks for another interview. He changed his mind and now offers her the originally desired post of draftswoman. "Two jobs = two salaries" thinks Magdalena and believes that she could well be able to toil for eight hours twice a day. So that this double burden is not noticeable within the company, she calls herself Magda in the drawing room and Lena as a night shift worker. Soon she is just tired, the double job takes its toll. In the drawing room, she meets the engineer Martin, who fell in love with the reserved Lena at a company party. Magdalena, who plays a much livelier role as a draftswoman Magda, fears that her dizziness could soon be exposed. Little does she know that Martin is none other than junior boss Martin Wuellner.

As Magda, she tells him that Lena is her twin sister. From now on Magdalena has to split herself in two and embody both very different personalities credibly. As a cheeky, cheerful Magda, she is now trying to relax her alleged sister Lena, the other me, the attractive and amiable Martin. One day she succeeds when Martin lets himself be seduced by the daring Magda and wants to marry her out of a sense of duty. Magdalena, who in her real being feels much closer to the more serious and calmer Lena, decides to finally pour pure wine for Martin, with whom she has fallen in love. Then he in turn surprises her by revealing his true identity as a junior boss. The young happiness could be so beautifully untroubled if it weren't for the works police, who track down Magdalena's duplicity and suspect a case of cunning espionage. The employment office has also got wind of Magdalena's double employment and threatens to cause trouble. After all, it is the senior boss, privy councilor Wuellner, who smooths things over and turns everything around for the better.

Production notes

The shooting of The Other Ich began on June 16, 1941 in the Efa studio in Berlin-Halensee and ended two months later. The first performance took place on November 21, 1941 in the Gloria-Palast and the Lichtburg. The film was advertised by Tobis im Reich with the words "The cheerful story about a young girl who becomes jealous of herself". The other Ich was also shown in cinemas in Denmark, Sweden, Switzerland, France, Portugal and Finland until 1945 . On October 19, 1980, the first television broadcast of Das Andere Ich could be seen on ZDF .

The production costs were only 993,000 RM despite the star cast . The buildings were designed by Otto Erdmann and executed by Franz F. Fürst . Klaus Jungk set the tone. Production group leader Dr. Heinrich Jonen was also the production and manufacturing manager. Eugen Klagemann took care of the still photography.

A song was played: A lonely island .

The film received the Nazi rating “artistically valuable”.


"Hilde Krahl enchants us completely."

- BZ at noon , 1941

"The audience had their thieving joy."

- Berliner Volkszeitung, 1941

“Contrasting motifs in a pleasantly balanced film. Situations that are often turned into tragic or exaggerated to create fluctuating effects are prepared here with a remarkable level, and the well-tempered actor's performances are counterpointed by unusual ideas. Punch-filled dialogues, unobtrusive music (Bochmann) and impeccable technology complete the overall impression of this pleasing appearance of a film genre that has recently been neglected. "

- Paimann's film lists from December 5, 1941

"Smiles, laughter, applause ... Everything that happens ... turbulence and happiness."

“The author Heinrich Spoerl told this rather improbable story with so much charm that we are still happy to believe it. And the young director W. Liebeneiner used an abundance of milieu details, image ideas and dramatic punchlines with remarkable skill. "

- The film advisor. Lucerne, No. 8 from July 1942

"The well-intentioned and well-made film, with its unobtrusive 'educational' tendencies, was entertaining."

- Boguslaw Drewniak: 'Der deutsche Film 1938–1945', p. 264

"A little comedy of confusion that tries to ironize the spirit of the time with ambiguous allusions."

See also

Individual evidence

  1. according to Ulrich J. Klaus: Deutsche Tonfilme, 11th year 1940/41, 005.41, p. 177, Berlin 2000
  2. The other me. In: Lexicon of International Films . Film service , accessed March 2, 2017 .Template: LdiF / Maintenance / Access used 

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