The Model Husband (1937 film)

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The Model Husband
Directed by Wolfgang Liebeneiner
Produced by Herbert Engelsing
Otto Ernst Lubitz
Written by Avery Hopwood (play)
Jacob Geis
Hans Albin
Heinz Rühmann
Starring Heinz Rühmann
Leny Marenbach
Hans Söhnker
Heli Finkenzeller
Music by Hans Sommer
Cinematography Werner Bohne
Edited by Gustav Lohse
Distributed by Tobis Film
Release dates
13 October 1937
Running time
95 minutes
Country Germany
Language German

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.[1] 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.

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  1. ^ 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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