Ernst Marischka

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Ernst Marischka (born January 2, 1893 in Vienna ; † May 12, 1963 in Chur , Graubünden ), brother of the actor and director Hubert Marischka , was an Austrian film director , film producer , screenwriter and songwriter who specialized in Viennese operetta-like comedy material. His best-known works were the three Sissi feature films that were shot between 1955 and 1958.


After graduating from high school, he got into film through his brother Hubert and his friend, the film pioneer Alexander Graf Kolowrat . His first work was the script for the monumental operetta spectacle The Millionuncle (1913) produced by Kolowrat's film company Sascha . As a result, he actively wrote screenplays for the silent film until 1921 , and from 1915 he also took on directing work.

After a break of almost ten years, he returned to film as a screenwriter in 1931. He was a specialist in costumed, splendidly furnished romances with a lot of operetta music, but he also wrote manuscripts on original Viennese subjects such as Viennese blood , Viennese stories and Schrammeln . During this time he had further successes with the scripts for a queen's girlhood and the original Berlin operetta Frau Luna by Paul Lincke .

At the beginning of the 1940s he was successful again as a director, like in 1940 with Sieben Jahre Pech and the sequel Sieben Jahre Glück . After the war his career was initially less promising, since 1949 also as a producer with his Erma film. It was not until 1954 that he achieved another success with the girl years of a queen , with whom he first brought out 16-year-old Romy Schneider . From 1955 he also shot his greatest success with Romy Schneider: the three Sissi films. In 1958 he achieved a notable success with the film adaptation of Franz Werfels Der ververtreute Himmel , one of his few film adaptations of serious subjects with Annie Rosar in one of her few leading roles. With the Erma he had his own production company, with which he had produced almost all of his Austrian post-war films himself.

Marischka wrote the lyrics for hits like I sing my song today just for you (1934), whether blond or brown, I love all women (1935), whenever I'm happy (1938), every woman has a sweet secret (1939) and Hoch drob'n auf dem Berg (1940) He also wrote the German text Vergiß mein nicht of the well-known song Non ti scordar di me by Ernesto De Curtis .

Ernst Marischka belongs to a Viennese artist dynasty whose founding father is his brother Hubert, as his sons Franz and Georg were also active in the film business, also as directors and scriptwriters, Georg Marischka also as an actor (e.g. Forsthaus Falkenau ).

Franz Marischka's wife , Alexandra Marischka , also worked as an actress . And in the third generation, the family is now represented by the actress Nicole Marischka .

Ernst Marischka rests in the Hietzinger Friedhof in Vienna. In 2009, the Marischkapromenade in Vienna's 21st district, Floridsdorf, was named after him and two of his brothers, Carl and Hubert. 


  • 1917: For a woman
  • 1918: Fred Roll
  • 1940: Seven years of bad luck
  • 1942: Seven years of happiness
  • 1942: Dove andiamo, signora?
  • 1943: Sette anni di felicità
  • 1943: A waltz with you
  • 1943: Adventure in the Grand Hotel
  • 1944: The master detective
  • 1949: Passione secondo S. Matteo (St. Matthew Passion)
  • 1951: Vienna faded away
  • 1951: two in one car
  • 1952: Season in Salzburg
  • 1952: Hannerl
  • 1913: The millionaire uncle
  • 1915: two friends
  • 1927: The Orlow ( operetta )
  • 1931: The company in love
  • 1932: Voyage de noces
  • 1932: The Tsar's diamond
  • 1932: Paris-Méditerranée
  • 1932: Two in one car
  • 1932: I don't want to know who you are
  • 1932: Honeymoon for three
  • 1933: Waltzes from Vienna ( Musical )
  • 1933: Do you have to get a divorce right away?
  • 1933: A song for you
  • 1933: Tout pour l'amour
  • 1933: Rákóczi induló
  • 1934: La Chanson de l'adieu
  • 1934: The Queen's Affair
  • 1934: My heart calls for you
  • 1934: My Song for You
  • 1934: Mon coeur t'appelle
  • 1934: spring parade
  • 1934: Farewell waltz
  • 1935: Stradivarius
  • 1935: A winter night's dream
  • 1935: Eva
  • 1935: Stradivarius
  • 1935: I love all women
  • 1935: Don't forget mine
  • 1935: J'aime toutes les femmes
  • 1936: Queen's girlhood
  • 1936: Confetti (Confetti)
  • 1937: The magic of the bohemian
  • 1938: The Troubled Girls
  • 1938: You own my heart
  • 1938: Whenever I'm happy ...!
  • 1939: Opera Ball
  • 1939: The adventure continues
  • 1939: puppet
  • 1939: Il Sogno di Butterfly
  • 1940: Seven years of bad luck



  1. ^ Matthias Bardong, Hermann Demmler, Christian Pfarr: Lexikon des Deutschen Schlers , Edition Louis, Ludwigsburg 1992, ISBN 3-9802891-5-X , p. 241
  2. For the four Marischka brothers see: Suicide of the Kommerzialrat Franz Marischka. In:  Neue Freie Presse , Abendblatt (No. 24273/1932), April 11, 1932, p. 5, top left. (Online at ANNO ). Template: ANNO / Maintenance / nfp.


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