Was Frauen traeumen (1933)

Genres - Comedy, Mystery  |   Sub-Genres - Detective Film  |   Run Time - 81 min.  |   Countries - Germany  |  
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In this pre-WWII German mystery-comedy, a lovely klepto with a taste for fine jewelry is unable to resist temptation. Strangely, every time she steals something, a mysterious man pays for it. A clumsy detective begins investigating and finds a crucial clue: a strongly scented woman's glove. The perfume is an expensive scent and the detective's pal realizes that it belongs to a popular nightclub singer. The friend quickly becomes enamored of the girl, but then so does her mystery man, a notorious international criminal. Eventually he gets arrested, leaving the detective's pal to move in on the singer. Only one copy of this film exists and it is locked away in a Swiss vault. It is primarily of interest because the screenplay was written by Billy Wilder and it stars Peter Lorre, both of whom later emigrated to the US to become major Hollywood players the year the Nazis took over Germany.

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affection, bumbler, criminal, detective, expensive, international, investigation, love, nightclub, perfume, robbery, songwriter