The strange Miss Sylvia

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Original title The strange Miss Sylvia
Country of production Germany
original language German
Publishing year without (1945 on average)
Director Paul Martin
script Curt Johannes Braun
Just shy
production Hans Tost for Terra Filmkunst (Berlin)
music Theo Mackeben
camera Albert Benitz
cut Gertrud Hinz

The strange Fraulein Sylvia is a German comedy of confusion and love from 1945. Ilse Werner plays the title role under the direction of Paul Martin . The film remained unfinished.


The young pianist Hans Peters has just been offered his first engagement, which will lead him to the well-known dance band Frank Witte, to his great pleasure. A jump for joy on the stairs, however, has bad consequences: Hans slips and sprains his arm, of all things, so that the upcoming obligation will probably not work. In any case, the doctor orders him to rest for at least two weeks. But this evening the tour with Witte's combo should begin. When Hans doesn't know what to do next, his clever sister makes him an unusual suggestion: why shouldn't she dress up as Hans Peters and go on tour instead of him? Said and done. At first, Witte is surprised at the young piano virtuoso's appearance, but then doesn't worry.

When it turns out the next day that the new pianist can only master two instruments instead of the four specified, Frank is initially rather annoyed, especially since Sylvia's other musical qualities are in need of improvement. Sylvia therefore decides to transform herself back into a woman and to sneak away. But just at the moment when she wants to run away, she comes across Witte. This instantly falls in love with the sister of his new musician, the previously disguised Sylvia. Sylvia seizes the opportunity and can persuade Frank to try it again with "her" Hans. Sylvia then has to quickly transform herself back into her own brother.

Sylvia now has to lead an exhausting double life. During the day she is the sister of the committed musician Hans, ensnared by Frank, in the evening it is precisely this in masquerade. Sylvia explains that Frank cannot meet her after the performance by saying that she was earning her money as a telephone operator at the time. When Frank rummaged through the phone book and actually found a telephone operator named Peters, she was showered with flowers. Her fiancé is anything but enthusiastic about it and confronts Frank Witte. So Sylvia's dizziness and her double life are finally exposed. Everything turns out for the better: the recovered Hans can play in Frank's band and Witte gets his Sylvia undisguised around the clock.

Production notes

The shooting of The Strange Miss Sylvia began on November 8, 1944 in the Barrandov studios in Prague . At the end of the war the film was being edited. There was no world premiere.

The buildings were designed by Max Mellin and executed by Gerhard Ladner . The tone was Walter Rühland . Production group leader Hans Tost was also production manager.

A music track was played: I know that I have to love you , sung by Ilse Werner.


Since the film never saw a performance, there are no reviews.


  • Ulrich J. Klaus: German sound films 13th year 1944/45. P. 223 f. (065.45), Berlin 2002

Individual evidence

  1. according to Ulrich J. Klaus: Deutsche Tonfilme, 13th year 1944/45, 065.45, p. 223, Berlin 2002

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