The citizens of a tiny German town enjoy a peaceful existence, quite separated from modern reality. However, their idyllic lives are interrupted when some expensive trunks, all marked "O.F.," arrive from Cairo, followed by a telegram asking for reservations at the town's only hotel. Since
the hotel has only five rooms, the manager evicts all the tenants and proceeds to build on five more rooms. Soon the excitement spreads as everyone anticipates the arrival of Mr. O.F. Peter Lorre, wonderful in a rare comic role, is a reporter for the local paper who announces that this O.F. is
actually a millionaire. Though no one knows why a millionaire would want to visit their sleepy village, the preparations continue. A movie house, casino, opera hall, cabaret, and other buildings are constructed. The town slowly grows, and still there is no O.F. The town's sudden boom is noticed by
all of Europe. Why should this little burg experience such growth when the rest of the continent is suffering from a depression? An economic summit is scheduled to be held in the town, and Lorre at last decides to end it all by announcing that this millionaire (whom he made up) has been killed in
an auto accident. No one really notices, though, for the O.F. momentum has built up the town beyond anyone's wildest dreams and all are anticipating the upcoming economic conference. Meanwhile, in a far-off office, the talent agent for a movie star named Ola Fallon fires his secretary for
accidentally sending the actress' trunks to some obscure little town no one has ever heard of.
This is a delightful little satire, full of whimsy and marvelous performances. The story is told in an uncomplicated manner, letting the events build to a frenzied pitch and saving a great punchline for the closing moments. Sadly, this fine comedy was a victim of the new Nazi government the next
year. Because Jewish performers and writers had contributed their talents, the film was severely cut to reduce their work. The resulting film was retitled BAUEN UND HEIRATEN (BUILD AND MARRY). Songs include "Hausse-Song," "Cabaretsong," "Barcarole," "Die Kleine Ansprache," and "Schluss-song"
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