Woman at the Wheel

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Woman at the Wheel
Directed by Paul Martin
Produced by Max Pfeiffer
Written by Pál Barabás (play)
Paul Hellbracht
Paul Martin
Starring Lilian Harvey
Willy Fritsch
Leo Slezak
Grethe Weiser
Music by Harald Böhmelt
Distributed by UFA
Release date
20 June 1939
Running time
74 minutes
Country Germany
Language German

Woman at the Wheel (German: Frau am Steuer) is a 1939 German romantic comedy film directed by Paul Martin and starring Lilian Harvey, Willy Fritsch and Leo Slezak. It was the last German film featuring Harvey, who had been the leading box office star in Germany during the 1930s, although she made two further films after moving to France.


The film reunited Harvey and Fritsch who had appeared in several hit films together including The Three from the Filling Station and Congress Dances. It was based on a play by the Hungarian writer Pál Barabás. Harvey was unhappy with the screenplay, which she felt made her character too unsympathetic, but was contractually obliged to appear in the production.[1]


A young office worker in Budapest proposes to his colleague, who accepts. However he is fired because all male employees of the company have to be married (and his ceremony took place three days too late). He finds himself unemployed and works as a house husband while his wife is successful at the office and enjoys being the family breadwinner. Feeling emasculated he eventually leaves her and moves back in with his mother. His former boss tries to affect a reconciliation by re-employing him at the company, but he now has to work under his wife which he finds unbearable. The dispute is eventually resolved when she announces that she is pregnant and will be leaving work to care for their expanding family.

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  1. ^ Ascheid p.144-145


  • Ascheid, Antje. Hitler's Heroines: Stardom and Womanhood in Nazi Cinema. Temple University, 2003.

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