The Model Husband (1937 film)
|The Model Husband|
|Directed by||Wolfgang Liebeneiner|
|Produced by||Herbert Engelsing
Otto Ernst Lubitz
|Written by||Avery Hopwood (play)
|Music by||Hans Sommer|
|Edited by||Gustav Lohse|
|Distributed by||Tobis Film|
|13 October 1937|
The Model Husband (German:Der Mustergatte) is a 1937 German comedy film directed by Wolfgang Liebeneiner and starring Heinz Rühmann, Leny Marenbach and Hans Söhnker. It is based on a 1915 American play Fair and Warmer by Avery Hopwood. The film was screened at the Venice Film Festival where it won an award. In the 1950s it was remade twice: a 1956 West German film The Model Husband and a 1959 Swiss The Model Husband.
A London banker makes a business trip to Venice where he falls in love with a woman who thinks her friend is cheating. They marry, but she soon gets bored because he's the "model husband" - the way she wished previously: he barely looks at other women - in turn no woman shows interest in him -- moral of the story: she said she wished for the model husband but unconsciously desires a Don Juan. Once he understands, he acts like one (a little) and she falls in love again.
The film was censored for youth by the Nazis.
- Heinz Rühmann as Billy Bartlett
- Leny Marenbach as Margret Bartlett
- Hans Söhnker as Jack Wheeler
- Heli Finkenzeller as Doddy Wheeler
- Werner Fuetterer as Fred Evans
- Jola Jobst as Ellen Wilson
- Leopold von Ledebur as Sparkins
- Josi Holsten as Exotin
- Alexa von Porembsky as Mary
- Richard Ulrich as Georg
- Ernst Legal as Möbelpacker
- Hake p.95
- Bock, Hans-Michael & Bergfelder, Tim. The Concise CineGraph. Encyclopedia of German Cinema. Berghahn Books, 2009.
- Hake, Sabine. Popular Cinema of the Third Reich. University of Texas Press, 2001.
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