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Die Austernprinzessin (1919)

An American heiress seeks the hand of an impoverished German prince.

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Complete credited cast:
Victor Janson ...
Mister Quaker - oyster-king of America
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Oss - Quaker's daughter
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Prince Nucki
Julius Falkenstein ...
Josef - a friend of Nucki
Max Kronert ...
Seligsohn - the Matchmaker
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Conductor (as Kurt Bois)
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Oyster-king Quaker cannot be impressed anymore. He is so rich that he even has a special butler holding his cigar while he is smoking. The only thing Quaker would be impressed by is if his daughter Ossi were to marry a real prince. He makes an offer to the poor prince Nucki, who sends his friend Josef to get a clear idea of the woman. Written by Oliver Heidelbach

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26 June 1919 (Germany)  »

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My Lady Margarine  »

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Energetic Parody of American Values from a German Perspective
17 February 2014 | by (London) – See all my reviews

This wildly satiric four-act film stars Victor Janson as Quaker, an extremely rich American whose every need has been catered for. He doesn't have to do a thing: servants carry him around from place to place, another servant serves him tea, while a third puts a cigar up to his lips on a silver salver. Desperate to get rid of his unruly daughter (Ossi Oswalda), he arranges for her to marry someone suitably rich and socially advantaged. However things do not turn out as planned ... DIE AUSTERNPRINZESSIN (The Oyster Princess) offers a satiric view of Americanism at a time when the German economy was in a particularly weak state. The Quaker family are characterized as rich and wasteful; they fully deserve to become the victims of a comic trick. The film includes some characteristically zany sequences, notably a boxing-match involving Oswalda and a gaggle of female friends, who line up opposite one another and fight, proving, no doubt, that they are as strong (and as pig- headed) as their male counterparts. The film moves towards its expected happy ending, but not without offering some interesting suggestions as to how to contract an advantageous marriage without love even assuming any significance.


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