Nile nights

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Original title Nile nights
Country of production Germany
original language German
Publishing year 1949
length 102 minutes
Age rating FSK 16
Director Arthur Maria Rabenalt
script Bobby E. Lüthge
Ernst Hasselbach
production Cordial film
music Friedrich Schröder
camera Friedl Behn-Grund
cut Walter Wischniewsky

Nights on the Nile is a German film parody from 1949 that was set in the era of silent films . Sonja Ziemann and Wolfgang Lukschy play the leading roles under the direction of Arthur Maria Rabenalt . The story is based on Bobby E. Lüthge's musical comedy May one? Can't you? .


Berlin 1912. The cameras in the silent film studios start to buzz, and although film production is already in full swing, little more than cinema games and dramas for ordinary people have been shot up to now . Cinematography, everyone involved is sure, will one day be a resounding success. While the PhD writer Robert Dirig, unlike most of his colleagues who are critical or even negative about the new medium, suspects big business in film, the attractive film author is also exposed to completely different temptations. Ironically, the upcoming screen star Miranda, a diva like her in the book, is after him, and she doesn't seem to mind that Robert has long been taken to Susanne, his newly wedded wife. The immensely convinced screen actress flirts unrestrainedly with Robert, while Susanne, haunted by premonitions, then decides to check on the spot for herself. Unnoticed by her husband, she went to the film studio and applied to be an extra for the next film production and soon got into tricky situations herself. "Young actress" Susanne and the exalted star Miranda quickly clash on the set.

One day, Miranda even evicted Susanne from the studio, so that she retired to a hotel with the stunt pilot Ricardo Cabanera, who she has become friends with in the meantime, and the honest furniture manufacturer Paul Kleinke, who is the financier of the latest production. Both very different men show interest in the unknown extra, and since Susanne has meanwhile thought that her husband will do the worst, she no longer seems completely averse. Out of defiance, an appointment is made with divorce lawyer Dr. Ramborn set. When Susanne appears there, she leads her two gallants by her side, so that she can play Robert the much-coveted grande dame in the hope of making him jealous in this way. But Robert sees through his wife's game and grins smugly and knowingly. This is what really annoys Susanne. Ricardo believes he has an advantage and tells his beloved that he would like to "kidnap" her immediately to Paris by plane. The divorce attorney, who also sees through the game of the couple who are not really willing to divorce, is now getting too colorful and makes it clear to the previously unsuspecting Miranda that her competitor, the "little" film statistician Susanne, is actually the wife of her author conductor. Miranda then rushes to the airfield to inform the likewise unsuspecting Ricardo of this fact. Then Miranda becomes Ricardo's flight attendant. On the agreed divorce date, Susanne and Roberts meet again and, newly divorced, the two plan to marry again immediately.

Production notes

Nights on the Nile was shot in the spring of 1949 in the studios of Berlin-Tempelhof or in Berlin and the surrounding area (on the Havel) (exterior shots). The film premiered on October 21, 1949 in Kassel; the Berlin premiere was on December 9, 1949.

Frank Clifford took over the production management. Emil Hasler designed the film structures executed by Walter Kutz . Werner Schulz was responsible for the costumes. The RIAS dance orchestra played.


"Parodic sound film operetta with quite clumsy humor."

Individual evidence

  1. Nights on the Nile in the Lexicon of International Films , accessed on March 20, 2020 Template: LdiF / Maintenance / Access used

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