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Director:
Writers:
Hanns Kräly (writer)
Ernst Lubitsch (writer)
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Release Date:
26 June 1919 (Germany) See more »
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Plot:
An American heiress seeks the hand of an impoverished German prince. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

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Victor Janson ... Mister Quaker, oyster-king of America
Ossi Oswalda ... Ossi, his daughter
Harry Liedtke ... Prince Nucki
Julius Falkenstein ... Josef, a friend of Nucki
Max Kronert ... Seligsohn the Matchmaker
Curt Bois ... Conductor (as Kurt Bois)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hans Junkermann ... (uncredited)
Albert Paulig ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Ernst Lubitsch 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Hanns Kräly  writer
Ernst Lubitsch  writer

Original Music by
William Davies (1992)
 
Cinematography by
Theodor Sparkuhl 
 
Production Design by
Rochus Gliese 
Kurt Richter 
 
Other crew
Kurt Waschneck .... technical director
 

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Also Known As:
"Die Austernprinzessin" - Germany (original title)
"The Oyster Princess" - International (English title)
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Runtime:
47 min | 58 min (20 fps) | Spain:60 min (DVD edition)
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Lubitsch...before the 'Lubitsch touch'., 21 April 2010
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

Today, those who love the films from Hollywood's Golden Age of the 1930s and 40s are no doubt familiar with director Ernst Lubitsch and his famed 'Lubitsch touch'. He was able to create a wonderful and almost magical romantic-comedy atmosphere that was tough to beat and he became one of the country's top film makers after leaving his native Germany. However, gaining the touch was NOT an immediate thing--it took him years to hone his craft--working from a dance hall performer to director of low-brow comedies to a true craftsman. This is NOT a criticism--just the observation that even the greatest film makers didn't just receive a gift from the gods--it took hard work to build up to that point in their careers.

"The Oyster Princess" is a magnificent example of an early Lubitsch film before he developed the famed touch. While it has evidence of cleverness, the film also is about as low-brow as you get--and certainly, unlike the touch, far from subtle.

The film begins with a spoiled young rich girl (Ossi Oswalda) throwing one of the lamest tantrums in film history. It's supposed to be comical, but to me it was way too broad--like a cheap burlesque performance--even for a silent film. She's mad because another spoiled daddy's girl just married a count and she wants to marry a member of the royalty, too. Daddy promises her a prince and goes about trying to get her one--even if it's a poor one in need of cash. The film is a not too subtle jab at the 'nouveau riche'--industrialists who thought they could buy respectability and social standing even though, at heart, they and their kids were clods! While there were a few moments that were a bit funny, the overall effect is cheap--not a quality film you'd expect to see from Germany's UFA studios (a real class act). And, the only reason I gave it a score as high as 5 is that I liked Lubitsch's crazy surreal touches--like the four uniformed black men who slavishly took care of the boss as well as the way the household staff marched about like the folks in "Duck Soup"--but sadly, there was way too little of these sort of touches. Not a bad film at all...just not a particularly outstanding one and lousy over the top performances abounded.

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