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Hanns Kräly (writer)
Ernst Lubitsch (writer)
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26 June 1919 (Germany) See more »
An American heiress seeks the hand of an impoverished German prince. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Victor Janson ... Mister Quaker - oyster-king of America

Ossi Oswalda ... Oss - Quaker's 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)
"My Lady Margarine" - USA (alternative title)
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58 min | 58 min (20 fps) | Spain:60 min (DVD edition)
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1.33 : 1 See more »
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17 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Highly Entertaining and Completely Surreal!, 6 December 2006
Author: movingpicturegal from Los Angeles

A terrific silent film in which the spoiled daughter of the immensely wealthy Oyster King throws a jealous fit 'cause the daughter of the "shoe-cream king" has married a count. Daddy says he'll "buy her a prince", and promptly seeks out a local matchmaker. A prince is quickly found, who happens to be broke but not that ready to marry, it seems - so he sends his friend to scout her out and the friend introduces himself under the guise of the prince's name!

This is a great film, very inventive and different - I've never seen anything quite like it. The photography is done in an interesting style, and everything in the film is visually surreal from the oddball rooms to unusual styles of dress worn by the various characters (what's with the dad's hair?!). The film is really full of charm and is also quite amusing - especially the scenes featuring an absolute army of servants who pour all over the house, even though only father and daughter appear to live in this gigantic household of strangely decorated rooms. There is also a very amusing foxtrot dance scene, and I even like the little sly grins and side to side glances each actor gives when they are introduced in the opening credits. The DVD of this film features a clear black and white print with excellent contrast and an extremely well-done, perky music score that suits this film to a tea. Superb!

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