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FULL ZWEI KRAWATTEN (Kaiser, Spoliansky) Berlin 1977 Dieter Mann, Barbara Schnitzler, Volkmar Kleinert

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  • Published by: DDR-Fernsehen  
  • Date Published: 1977  
  • Format: Broadcast
  • Quality Video: 2 Audio:2
  • Subtitles: yessubs, desubs, gensubs  
  • Video Recording from: YouTube     FULL VIDEO

When Jean, an efficient waiter at a distinguished ball, is suddenly offered his tie by a visibly nervous guest, he has no idea how his life will change. Jean agrees to the deal and, in exchange for his black waiter’s tie, not only receives the gentleman’s elegant white tie but also his entrance ticket and 1,000 marks in cash.

Just as Jean begins to look forward to this encounter, he is asked about his ticket by Mabel, a wealthy companion from America. This is also a raffle ticket and the winner of the main prize has not yet been found. Embarrassed, Jean takes his ticket number 333 out of his pocket, proving that he is the lucky person who won a trip to America on a luxury liner.

Mabel is very impressed by Jean’s modest behavior and quickly takes him under her wing. Unfortunately, Jean is already in a relationship with poor Trude. She isn’t at all thrilled when she finds out about his big win and his new friends. To ease his conscience, Jean gives Trude the 1,000 marks as a farewell and then sets off on an uncertain journey to America with Mabel. What Jean doesn’t know: Trude follows him onto the ship with the intention of taking him back.

On board, however, Trude realizes that Jean is completely blinded by Mabel’s appearance and her amount of money. In tears, Trude meets a lawyer who is looking for a missing million-dollar heiress. He takes care of her and makes Trude his personal file holder. When they arrive in America, it turns out that Trude is the sought-after heiress to the 40 million; but Trude suddenly seems to have been swallowed up by the earth…

This linguistically typical revue piece by Georg Kaiser with music by Mischa Spoliansky had its premiere on September 5, 1929 in the Berlin Theater. At that time, Hans Albers played the role of the waiter Jean and Marlene Dietrich played Mabel. Here she was discovered by Josef von Sternberg for his film “The Blue Angel” and achieved world fame. Kaiser got the idea for the piece from “daily life,” a newspaper report and a Berlin tie seller on the street. Spoliansky’s melodic, memorable songs still characterize the metropolis of Berlin in the 1920s with their typical mix of cheeky brashness and lascivious elegance.

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