The French ballet girl Janine, a gifted tap-dancer, dreams of a musical career in Paris. But first she wants to take revenge on Count René who stood up her best friend Charlotte. Janine wants him to fall in love with her and disappoint him afterwards. At a masked ball at which Janine pretends to be a Marquise they have their first meeting. Janine is very disappointed in the “good gentleman”, but she does not suspect that this gentleman also makes a pretence. The man whom she holds to be count René is Pierre, a composer and pianist. Both, Count René and Pierre expect to gain mutual advantage by changing their identies. Rene wants to stroll and make conquests inkognito, while Pierre hopes for a meeting with the powerful music publisher Pamion. —IMDb
Carl Eduard Hermann Boese was born in Berlin on August 26th 1887. After studying theatre and philosophy in Berlin and Leipzig, and serving in WWI – where he was severely wounded –, he worked as an influential film critic and finally made his directorial debut in 1917. Boese quickly established himself as one of the most successful directors of the time, though he constantly shifted between genres and therefore didn’t develop a distinctive style. Among his films were melodramas like “Verschleppt” or “Seelenverkäufer”, the expressionism-influenced work “Der Golem, wie er in die Welt kam”, and the socially aware “Kinder der Straße”.
But Boese was also responsible for the despicable racist propaganda film “Die schwarze Schmach”, which was forbidden in 1922. From 1926 to 1929, Boese had his own production company Carl Boese Film GmbH, and from 1930 on, he directed a string of highly successful military comedies.
With the introduction of sound, Boese – who had now specialized… read more