director: Reinhold Schünzel
Young costume designer Ronny dreams of the great big world. She is poor, but young, pretty, and talented. She is happy to receive a commission to design the costumes for an operetta composed by the young prince of Perusa. The commission comes at very short notice, however, so she must bring the costumes herself by train to Perusa. In Perusa they are also expecting a famous singer, who is to be brought to the prince to distract him from his duties. The ministers hope that this will give them more power.
On the way to the hotel, Ronny meets the prince. He doesn’t know that the singer has cancelled her appearance, and mistakes Ronny for her. He is taken by her, and congratulates the theatre director on his fine choice. The director fears that he will fall from the prince’s favor because of the singer’s cancellation. He begs Ronny to take on the role in the piece in her place, since she knows the operetta inside out anyway. She gives in to his pleas, and the prince, who personally conducts the operetta, falls more and more in love with the new prima donna. The premiere is a great success.
Afterwards, the ministers bring Ronny to Monbijou Castle, the love nest for the prince’s lady friends. When she realizes she is being brought to the prince, however, she is disgusted. The prince, meanwhile, is disappointed, for he believes that Ronny has allowed herself to be bought.
When the two finally meet, an infuriated Ronny tells him what she thinks, and leaves the city by train. The prince, however, is happy upon hearing her words. He manages to catch up with the train in his car, and embraces Ronny in his coupe.
Screenplay: Emerich Pressburger, Reinhold Schünzel.
Director of Photography: Fritz Arno Wagner.
Camera Assistant: Werner Krien.
Second Unit Camera: Robert Baberske.
Still Photography: Horst von Harbou. Set Design: Werner Schlichting, Benno von Arent.
Property Master: Albert Schlopsnies.
Costumes: Benno von Arent.
Choreography: Heinz Lingen.
Editing: Ernst Fellner.
Sound: Hermann Fritzsching.
Music: Emmerich Kálmán.
Lyrics: Rudolph Schanzer, Ernst A. Welisch.
Musical Director: Franz Grothe.
Performers: Marek Weber and orchestra.
Cast: Wilhelm Diegelmann, Karl Elzer, Willy Fritsch (Prince Perula), Olly Gebauer (Lisa), Willy Grill (Anton), William Huch (valet), Theo Lingen, Käthe von Nagy (Ronny), Wolfgang von Schwind (Minister of War), Kurt Vespermann (Bomboni, station master), Aribert Wäscher (Minister of State), Otto Wallburg (Director of the Court Theatre), Hans Waßmann (Lord Stewart), Gertrud Wolle.
Production Company: Universum-Film AG (UFA), Berlin.
Producer: Günther Stapenhorst.
Unit Manager: Erich von Neusser.
Shoot: Sept to Nov 1931.
Length: 10 acts, 88 minutes, 2427 m.
Format: 35 mm, 1:1.19.
Picture/Sound: b/w, Tobis-Klangfilm.
Censorship Details: 11 Dec 1931, no. B.20947, ban; 16 Dec 1931, no. B.30645, ban for young people; 15 Jan 1932, No. O.04121, ban.
Première: 22 Dec 1931 Berlin (Gloria Palast).
Songs: Oft hab' ich vom Glück geträumt; Rutsch mit mir; Du bist das Liebste!; Es ist besser so; Wenn die Garde aufmarschiert; Wenn bloß schon morgen wieder Sonntag wär'; Achtung kleiner Soldat!; Perusa-Marsch: Wenn die Garde aufmarschiert.
Notes: the French version of 'Ronny' was directed by Reinhold Schünzel and Roger Le Bon.
Adapted and enlarged from:
Deutsche Kinemathek - Museum für Film und Fernsehen
At least an Italian dubbed copy exists with the songs still intact in German.
Armin JÃ¤ger, -, 06.02.2013