The Man I Married
|The Man I Married|
|Directed by||Irving Pichel|
|Produced by||Darryl F. Zanuck|
|Written by||Oscar Schisgall (short story)
Oliver H. P. Garrett
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox|
A successful American woman, Editor at The Smart World - Editorial, General Offices, Carol Cabbott (Joan Bennett) has just married a German, Eric Hoffman (Francis Lederer), a streamline marriage. They have a seven-year-old son, Ricky (Johnny Russell). They are to have a vacation to Germany to visit Eric's father he didn't see for ten years, although everybody tells them to go to Germany is foolish. A friend, Dr. Hugo Gerhardt (Ludwig Stössel), originally German, asks them a favor: his brother, the famous philosopher Gerhardt has been arrested and put in a concentration camp, if they can bring him money and somehow help him. When they finally get to Berlin, not his father but his old schoolmate Frieda (Anna Sten) awaits them at the station. His father at home, an old director and owner of a factory, tells them he wants to sell everything and leave Berlin, that he can't stand any longer that atmosphere. Even his butler is a Nazi, and Frieda is always around. An active enthusiast Nazi woman she drags Eric to Nazi gatherings till the point that he doesn't want to leave Germany, wants to keep the factory and stay as a German. His wife Carol is not intentioned to stay there and as time passes she recognizes her husband less and less.
While he goes to nazi gatherings, she tries to find out something about Gerhardt, with the help of Kenneth Delane (Lloyd Nolan), foreign correspondent in Berlin. They find out he has been killed and bring the money to the widow, who doesn't want to leave Germany to be near her husband. They assist to scenes of deliberate cruel denigration of people by Nazis. Carol and Eric decide to divorce as he is in love with Frieda, who has put all sorts of things in his mind, but he wants to keep his son, as he is German too, he says, whereas Carol doesn't intend to leave Ricky in Germany. Finally the grandfather Hoffman tells his son, that if he doesn't let go the son with his mother to the United States, he will go to the Police and tell them that his mother was a jewess. Faced with the fact to be a Jew (as in Judaism the affiliation is matrilineal) he breaks down, as for the Nazis it's the worst that can be. Frieda leaves him disgusted. Carol and Ricky leave for New York. Delane who had hoped to get a leave to go back home brings them to the station and tells her he has to stay another 5 years.
- Joan Bennett as Carol Hoffman
- Francis Lederer as Eric Hoffman
- Lloyd Nolan as Kenneth Delane
- Anna Sten as Frieda
- Otto Kruger as Heinrich Hoffman
- Maria Ouspenskaya as Frau Gerhardt
- Ludwig Stössel as Dr. Hugo Gerhardt
- Johnny Russell as Ricky
- Lionel Royce as Herr Deckhart
- Frederick Vogeding as Traveller
- Ernst Deutsch as Otto
New York Times reviewer Bosley Crowther called the "anti-Nazi propaganda film" "restrained", "frank and factual" and "generally entertaining cinematically". He singled out Lederer's performance for praise, but of Bennett he wrote, "she does little more than model dresses and express incredulity."
- Bosley Crowther (August 3, 1940). "The Man I Married (1940) THE SCREEN; 'The Man I Married,' a Drama of Inside Germany, at the Roxy". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-08-03.
- The Man I Married at the American Film Institute Catalog
- The Man I Married at the Internet Movie Database
- The Man I Married at the TCM Movie Database
- The Man I Married at AllMovie
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