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Reviews of Ronny (1931)

Young costume designer Ronny dreams of the great big world. She is poor, but young, pretty, and talented. She is happy to receive a commission to design the costumes for an operetta composed by the young prince of Perusa. The commission comes at very short notice, however, so she must bring the costumes herself by train to Perusa. In Perusa they are also expecting a famous singer, who is to be brought to the prince to distract him from his duties. The ministers hope that this will give them more power.

On the way to the hotel, Ronny meets the prince. He doesn't know that the singer has cancelled her appearance, and mistakes Ronny for her. He is taken by her, and congratulates the theatre director on his fine choice. The director fears that he will fall from the prince's favor because of the singer's cancellation. He begs Ronny to take on the role in the piece in her place, since she knows the operetta inside out anyway. She gives in to his pleas, and the prince, who personally conducts the operetta, falls more and more in love with the new prima donna. The premiere is a great success.

Afterwards, the ministers bring Ronny to Monbijou Castle, the love nest for the prince's lady friends. When she realizes she is being brought to the prince, however, she is disgusted. The prince, meanwhile, is disappointed, for he believes that Ronny has allowed herself to be bought.

When the two finally meet, an infuriated Ronny tells him what she thinks, and leaves the city by train. The prince, however, is happy upon hearing her words. He manages to catch up with the train in his car, and embraces Ronny in his coupe.

Note that Ronny, like quite a few European films of the time, was made in different language versions. Films were often made in German, French and English with some films also being made in Spanish (and one in Hungarian). The same cast and crew and the same sets would be used. Sometimes, some of the minor players might be changed between the different language versions and the cast order might be shown differently for the minor players. But it seems that most leading European actors in the 1930s had no problem in speaking different languages. In this case, Ronny was made in German and then in French.


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