The veiled Maja

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Original title The veiled Maja
Country of production Germany
original language German
Publishing year 1951
length 96 minutes
Age rating FSK 12
Director Géza from Cziffra
script Géza from Cziffra
production Pontus film Fritz Kirchhoff , Hamburg
music Michael Jary
camera Georg Bruckbauer
cut Alice Ludwig

The veiled Maja is a German revue and music film. Maria Litto and Willy Fritsch play the leading roles, while the supporting roles include Grethe Weiser and Rudolf Platte . The film, shot in the Hamburg studio , premiered on August 31, 1951 in the Berlin marble house.


The Prickwitz family rents out rooms. The host also works as a champagne representative, while his daughter works as a nurse. In order to earn extra income, however, she secretly works as a dancer in a bar called “The Veiled Maja”, where her mother also soon finds a job as a cloakroom lady. The strict father is not allowed to find out about either, as it would violate his conservative principles. When he was able to conclude a sparkling wine supply contract with the bar shortly afterwards, he too visited the establishment and met not only his wife and daughter, but also Dr. Kirst, who, as a doctor, is on the one hand a colleague of the daughter and on the other hand her lover - the latter a circumstance which in the end puts the father in a mild position, since he sees the daughter well looked after.

Production notes

Originally the Hamburger Real-Film should produce the film, whose owner was Walter Koppel . Due to Koppel's membership in the KPD between 1947 and 1949 and an associated smear campaign, the film was refused the federal guarantee that was customary at the time, and political pressure was thus exerted. The film production was then taken over by Pontus-Film.

The film was shot in the studios in Hamburg-Wandsbek and Hamburg-Rahlstedt. The outdoor shots were taken in Hamburg and the surrounding area. Herbert Kirchhoff was responsible for the buildings, production management was in the hands of Erich Holder .


Michael Jary (music) and Bruno Balz (lyrics) were responsible for the music for the film . The big film orchestra will play under the direction of Michael Jary.

  • Love is just a fairy tale , sung by Peter Schütte & Anneliese Rothenberger
  • The legs of Dolores , sung by Gerhard Wendland
  • This is not for little girls , sung by Ingrid Lutz & Rudolf Platte
  • Never take a woman from Castile , male singing duo
  • Don't go to the North Pole , sung by Oskar Sima and Rudolf Platte
  • Maja-Mambo , instrumental / vocal

The dance and revue performances of the film also provide the Isarnixen (swimming scenes) and the Hiller girls under the direction of Gertrude Söderling-Hiller.


  • Box office of the specialist magazine Filmblätter for the "most-finished film of the 1951/52 season"


"The flick lives almost entirely from the hits Michael Jarys."

- Back then in the cinema

“Average comedy story. Undemanding, but a hit with the public. "

- Der Spiegel from September 5th, 1951

"The tired story of a dancer in a German revue film who, among other things, tries to imitate an American water ballet."

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Géza of Cziffra. It was a glittering ball night , Ullstein Verlag Frankfurt / Main 1985, p. 230f
  2. The veiled Maja. In: Back thenKino. September 22, 2013, accessed on December 31, 2019 (German).
  3. ^ Alfred Bauer: German feature film Almanach. Volume 2: 1946-1955 , pp. 231f.
  4. Erich Stör. Back then in the cinema, accessed on January 2, 2020 .
  5. ^ Film review. Der Spiegel, accessed January 2, 2020 .
  6. The veiled Maja. In: Lexicon of International Films . Film service , accessed January 2, 2020 .Template: LdiF / Maintenance / Access used