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Professor Stock and his wife Mizzi are always bickering. Mizzi tries to seduce Dr. Franz Braun, the new husband of her good friend Charlotte. Dr. Braun's colleague, Dr. Mueller, who has had his eye on Charlotte, sees this as his opportunity, even though the Braun's are very happily married. Through a misunderstanding, Charlotte thinks that her husband is interested in Miss Hofer, and asks Mizzi to keep him occupied. Meanwhile Professor Stock becomes suspicious of his wife, and hires a detective to spy on her with the hope of obtaining a divorce. Written by
Warner Baxter was originally cast in the role of Dr. Braun. After eight days of shooting, director Lubitsch turned to his assistant Henry Blanke and said: "He looks like a detective." Baxter was replaced by Monte Blue. See more »
On the letter that Dr. Braun writes asking Mizzi to choose another doctor, the printed address on Dr. Braun's stationery misspells Vienna as "Wein"; it is correctly printed as "Wien" as a return address on the envelope of the same letter. See more »
I had to see this film for two reasons: I love silent movies and I love the films of Ernst Lubitsch. So, since it was BOTH, I felt it would be a terrific film. Unfortunately, it really was nothing out of the ordinary--even if the film looked good.
The film is about the wacky world of adultery. It concerns two couples and a guy who all get wrapped up in a case of partner-hopping. One lady is married to a nice guy but all she seems interested in doing is chasing men. He suspects and hires a private detective to follow her. The current object of her desire is her best friend's husband. As for this friend and her husband, they are both idiots. He wants to be a good and faithful husband but puts himself in bad situations. Several times throughout the film, I just wanted to see him belt the hussy! As for his wife, I really, really disliked her. Again and again, she pushed her husband away from her and distrusted him--as if she was trying to get him to cheat on her. And, at the same time, the husband's partner starts making the moves on her.
All this is supposed to be sophisticated and witty. The problem is, it's not the least bit witty. It manages to make adultery seem a bit dull, actually. And, as the characters are mostly unlikable, I found it really hard to actually care about them or their plights. At best, this film is ordinary. Fortunately, Lubitsch went on to far better things.
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