Your Highness will ask

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Original title Your Highness will ask
Country of production Federal Republic of Germany
original language German
Publishing year 1954
length 97 minutes
Director Paul Verhoeven
script Per Schwenzen
Paul Verhoeven
production Willy Zeyn for Fama FA Mainz -Film GmbH, Hamburg
music Willi Kollo
camera Konstantin Irmen-Tschet
cut Elisabeth Neumann-Kleinert

Highness let ask is a German mix-up comedy by Paul Verhoeven from 1954. The main roles are occupied by Hans Söhnker , Friedl Loor and Anne-Marie Blanc .

The musical comedy is based on an operetta by Walter Kollo , idea and manuscript: Erich Ebermayer and Peer Baedeker .


Grand Duchess Christine, on the advice of Count Rosen-Bückburg, struck off the guest list for a memorial dedication, as he was no longer comme il faut. In fact, the count, who is known as the Luftikus, is in financial difficulties. His sister Mathilde is of the opinion that he should give up the stud farm he runs because it swallows up too much money. The count, however, has a different opinion and is convinced that his stud will soon be self-sufficient. However, when it transpired that Rosen-Bückburg was struck off the guest list, his creditors became restless, which ultimately led to a seizure. This measure leads to the fact that the count is now considering selling his stud. At the same time he makes the decision to break up with the extremely popular singer Charlotte Sanden, with whom he is seriously in love, because he believes that he cannot expect her to spend her life at the side of a have-not. Without an explanation, he turns away from the singer.

It just happened that Charlotte's factotum Rosa found out how things really stand with the Count and told Charlotte, who quickly drew the right conclusions and happily acknowledged them. Only a little later the court marshal's office reports to the count and his sister and announces the arrival of Grand Duchess Christine at Gut Rosen-Bückburg with the hint that this visit will take place incognito. The count's creditors willfully find out about it and now turn their flags back in the other direction.

Despite the large station that is hosted as a greeting, Rosen-Bückburg recognizes his Charlotte in the alleged Grand Duchess. She implores him not to wonder, but to play the game. Her appearance is so perfectly formed that she is relieved of the role due to her striking resemblance to the real Grand Duchess. The evening ball was a great success. There is absolutely no longer any question of no longer wanting to pay the baron his debts, on the contrary.

Lieutenant von Wörth, who wants to marry the district administrator's daughter and had been proposed to the real Grand Duchess as adjutant, remarks that Rosa's fan says "Property of the Metropol Theater". Charlotte tries to explain the facts to him, whereupon Wörth decides to play the game. He thinks, after all, the whole of Berlin is currently at the feet of a woman who sings the song “You are the Queen” in the operetta “Your Highness Let You Ask”, which would be very suitable to thank the Grand Duchess. At the same time, the important gentlemen present signed new contracts with Count Rosen-Bückburg.

The following day the Grand Duchess or Charlotte leaves again, while Count Rosen-Bückburg wants to talk to the real Grand Duchess and confess everything to her. By a stupid coincidence, however, the creditors become prematurely aware that they have fallen victim to an impostor and react nervously. And then the order is given to arrest the "impostor". However, this leads to a misunderstanding of the identity of the real Grand Duchess, who is on the way to the monument inauguration, and is suspected of being a con man, while Charlotte is presented to the waiting people as a real Grand Duchess.

In fact, the real Grand Duchess is locked in a cell with her maid while Charlotte inaugurates the monument. Count Rosen-Bückburg took the opportunity to enlighten Grand Duchess Christine, who then had a conversation with Charlotte. Their verdict is: The count will lose his freedom, and that for life, and Charlotte will have to guard him. When asked whether she would like to appeal, Charlotte replied: "No, Your Royal Highness." When asked what he had to say to Count Rosen-Bückburg, she quickly stated: "As a loyal subject I will of course obey."


Production notes

The film was made in the studios of Bavaria Filmkunst München-Geiselgasteig, the outdoor shots were made in Bad Wimpfen am Neckar . The production company was Fama FA Mainz Film GmbH (Hamburg). Greta Oexle was in charge of production, Kurt Paetz and Hans Joachim Sommer were the production managers. Kurt Hallegger was responsible for costumes and color advice, and Franz Bi and Bruno Monden for the buildings . The orchestra Kurt Graunke plays , musical direction: Gert Wilden . The film was distributed worldwide through Omnia Deutsche Film-Export GmbH Munich.

Film music

Published by Tempoton Verlag Hans Sikorski Hamburg, text and music: Willi Kollo

  • Sometime on any day ~ song and slowfox
  • When you love it is always Sunday ~ foxtrot
  • You are the queen ~ song and slow foxtrot
  • Because you are the first ~ country trader
  • Child, I sleep so badly ...

Examination, publication

The film was subjected to an FSK test on September 17, 1954 under the number 08500 and approved for ages 6 and up with the addition “not holiday-free”. It was premiered on October 14, 1954 at the Aegi in Hanover. It was also published on June 8, 1956 in Finland under the title Valeherttuatar and in Denmark on June 13, 1958 under the title "Hendes Højhed morer sig".


The film magazine Cinema dismissed the film with the words: "Shallow things from the singing nobility.", on the other hand, spoke of a "lively comedy of confusion".

The film service was of a similar opinion , which found: "A cleverly structured, light comedy with unobtrusive operetta musical interludes and ironic tips against courtly folly and human inadequacies."

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Music from the film “ Your Highness Let Ask” see
  2. Highness let ask (1954) at Retrieved October 7, 2018.
  3. Let Your Highness ask sS Retrieved October 7, 2018.
  4. Let Your Highness ask sS Retrieved October 7, 2018.