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We Make Music

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We Make Music
Wir machen Musik (We make music); Header of the movie from 1942
GermanWir machen Musik
Directed byHelmut Käutner
Written by
CinematographyJan Roth
Edited byHelmuth Schönnenbeck
Music by
Distributed byDeutsche Filmvertriebs
Release date
8 October 1942
Running time
95 minutes

We Make Music (German: Wir machen Musik) is a 1942 German musical comedy film directed by Helmut Käutner, starring Ilse Werner, Viktor de Kowa and Edith Oß.[1]


It is a revue film, loosely based on the stage work Karl III. und Anna von Österreich by Manfried Rössner. Karl Zimmermann, a composer whose idols are Johann Sebastian Bach and classical composers, dreams of being successful with his own opera and composes popular music for fun, but does not try to distribute it for reasons of honor. His wife, Anni Pichler is a popular singer and secretly sells his popular songs so that they can make a living. When he finally completes his opera and it is rejected by the public, he realizes that his true talent is composing popular music and not dishonorable.


  • Ilse Werner as Anni Pichler
  • Viktor de Kowa as Paul Zimmermann
  • Edith Oß as Trude, a trumpeter
  • Grethe Weiser as Monika Bratzberger
  • Georg Thomalla as Franz Sperling
  • Rolf Weih as Peter Schäfer
  • Ilse Buhl as Alt-Saxophonist
  • Sabine Naundorff as tenor-Saxophonist
  • Hilde Adolphi as trombonist
  • Gertrud Leonhardt as guitar player
  • Eva Gotthardt as bass player
  • Kurt Seifert as Hugo Bratzberger
  • Victor Janson as Director Pröschke
  • Lotte Werkmeister as Karl's landlady, Frau Zierbarth
  • Helmuth Helsig as a chimney sweeper
  • Ewald Wenck as Gasmann Knebel
  • Wilhelm Bendow as stage manager
  • Klaus Pohl as stagehand at the Oper
  • Sonja Kuska as Barbara, a music teacher
  • Otto Braml as chairman of examiners
  • Curt Cappi as waiter Neumann
  • Friedrich Wilhelm Dann as bus-conductor
  • Hanne Fey as secretary of the music publishers
  • Robert Forsch as Mehmann, director of the music publishers
  • Karl Hannemann as director of the opera stage
  • Sonja Kuske as Barbara, music student
  • Karin Luesebrink as music student
  • Artur Malkowsky as opera singer at the premiere
  • Maria von Höslin as Peter's brother
  • Helga Warnecke as music student
  • Gertrud Seelhorst
  • Hansi Würbauer
  • Sabine André
  • Ernst Schiffner


  1. ^ Hake, Sabine (2001). Popular Cinema of the Third Reich. Austin, TX: University of Texas Press. p. 58. doi:10.7560/734579. ISBN 0292734581. JSTOR 10.7560/734579.

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