Sunshine Susie is a 1931 British musical comedy film directed by Victor Saville and starring Renate Müller, Jack Hulbert, and Owen Nares. The film was shot at Islington Studios with sets designed by Alex Vetchinsky. It was based on a novel by István Szomaházy. An alternate German-language version The Private Secretary was made, also starring Renate Müller.
|Directed by||Victor Saville|
|Written by||István Békeffy (operetta) |
István Szomaházy (novel)
|Produced by||Michael Balcon|
|Starring||Renate Müller |
|Edited by||Ian Dalrymple |
Derek N. Twist
|Music by||Paul Abraham|
|Distributed by||Ideal Films|
|6 December 1931|
A young German woman moves to Vienna to seek work. With the assistance of Herr Hassell, a friendly commissionaire and budding conductor, she gains a job as a typist with a banking firm. Unknown to her, the man she takes to be a lowly clerk with the company who romances her at the local beer garden. is in fact the bank's director.
The New York Times though, regretted that the film was "not up to the mark set by the Teutonic work, for the studio acoustics appear to be faulty and in several sequences the director, Victor Saville, has failed to have his scenes as adequately lighted," although the reviewer praised the work of Jack Hulbert and Owen Nares, concluding that "Both give clever performances, the result being that this Gainsborough feature makes for quite a good hour or so of entertainment"; and the Motion Picture Herald praised the film as having "a sparkle in every foot."
- Wood p.73
- Bergfelder & Cargnell p.50
- "Sunshine Susie". The Daily News. Perth, WA: National Library of Australia. 19 August 1933. p. 19. Retrieved 4 March 2013.
- Shafer p.98
- "MOVIE REVIEW Gayety and Melody. - NYTimes.com". movies.nytimes.com.
- Street, Sarah (6 October 2016). Transatlantic Crossings: British Feature Films in the United States. Bloomsbury Publishing. ISBN 9781474290685 – via Google Books.
Other film versionsEdit
- Tales of the Typewriter (December 1916, Hungary, directed by Alexander Korda)
- The Private Secretary (January 1931, Germany, directed by Wilhelm Thiele)
- Dactylo (April 1931, France, directed by Wilhelm Thiele)
- The Private Secretary (July 1931, Italy, directed by Goffredo Alessandrini)
- The Private Secretary (December 1953, West Germany, directed by Paul Martin)
- Bergfelder, Tim & Cargnelli, Christian. Destination London: German-speaking emigrés and British cinema, 1925–1950. Berghahn Books, 2008.
- Shafer, Stephen C. British Popular Films, 1929-1939: The Cinema of Reassurance. Routledge, 1997.
- Wood, Linda. British Films, 1927–1939. British Film Institute, 1986.