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30 November 1917 (Germany) See more »
A neglected wife disguises herself in order to lure her wastrel husband into a compromising position. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Harry Liedtke ... Alex von Reizenstein

Emil Jannings ... Quabbe - der Gaoler
Paul Biensfeldt
Erich Schönfelder ... Egon Storch
Käthe Dorsch
Kitty Dewall ... Alice von Reizenstein
Agda Nilsson ... Mizi - die Magd

Ernst Lubitsch

Directed by
Ernst Lubitsch 
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(in alphabetical order)
Ernst Lubitsch 

Cinematography by
Theodor Sparkuhl 

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Also Known As:
"Das fidele Gefängnis" - Germany (original title)
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48 min (20 fps)
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1.33 : 1 See more »
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This short film is featured on the Criterion Collection DVD for Trouble in Paradise (1932).See more »


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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
An interesting beginning, 16 January 2003
Author: jagfx from Montreal, Quebec

"The Merry Jail", which now appears on the wonderful Criterion DVD edition of Ernst Lubitsch's comic masterpiece "Trouble In Paradise", serves as an

interesting introduction to the director's early years as a German silent film director and a first look at his handling of complex, comic relationships between men and women.

The roughly fifty minute film, involves a couple and their maid who all sneak off to the same party to rekindle, confront and find new love. It's not a great film by any stretch, and is often confusing with humor that is dated. However, the real treat of the film is the last fifteen minutes when Lubitsch ties together the stray threads of the story and ties them into (a not necessarily neat) bow.

For an introduction to Lubitsch's work, please stay away from this film and watch "Trouble In Paradise" or "The Shop Around The Corner", but to see the

beginnings of an influential director, "The Merry Jail" is an adequate classroom.


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