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Master of the House (1925)

Du skal ære din hustru (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 5 October 1925 (Denmark)
When a man becomes tyrannical towards his family, the women of the house decide to teach him a lesson in gratitude.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Johannes Meyer Johannes Meyer ... Viktor Frandsen - Finmekaniker
Astrid Holm ... Ida - Hans Hystru
Karin Nellemose ... Karen - Deres Datter
Mathilde Nielsen Mathilde Nielsen ... Mads - Frandsens tidligere barnepige
Petrine Sonne Petrine Sonne ... Vaskekone
Clara Schønfeld Clara Schønfeld ... Fra Kryger - Idas Mor
Johannes Nielsen Johannes Nielsen ... Læge
Aage Hoffman Aage Hoffman ... Dreng
Viggo Lindstrøm Viggo Lindstrøm
Vilhelm Petersen Vilhelm Petersen
Byril Harvig Byril Harvig ... Barnet
Aage Schmidt Aage Schmidt
Frk. Voss-Christensen Frk. Voss-Christensen ... Pige Gos Læen
Georg Busch Georg Busch
Frank Henriksen Frank Henriksen
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Storyline

Victor Frandsen is a domestic tyrant. His wife Ida has to work as a slave for him and the rest of the family. She rises early to prepare everything for the day, she toils all day long, and she is often up also in the night, doing some sewing to earn extra money for the household. In daytime she is supported by an old woman called Mads, who was Victors' nanny when he was a child. Mads is filled with loathing for Victor's behavior towards his wife, and calls him a brute. She understands that Ida is on the verge of a serious breakdown, and persuades Ida's mother, Mrs. Kryer, to take Ida away. Mads will herself take care of the household and the children for a time. When Victor comes home and finds out that Ida is gone, he gets angry. He asks his daughter, Karen, where her mother is, but she refuses to tell him. She only says that her mother is very ill, and that it will be his fault if she dies. The accusation strikes Victor in his heart, and he sits down, feeling dejected. Karen ... Written by Maths Jesperson {maths.jesperson1@comhem.se}

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Denmark

Language:

Danish

Release Date:

5 October 1925 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Master of the House See more »

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Palladium Film See more »
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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

At the time of its original release in Paris, France, this film played in 57 theaters in three weeks. See more »

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Mads, Frandsens tidligere barnepige: You men are all alike - foolish - stubborn - vain - conceited! You have a strange way of treating your wives. To begin with, it is all hearts and flowers... she is your "princess" and only God knows what... Later on, when she really deserves your admiration, you treat her as your maidservant... until, someday, another man turns up and you feel that your vanity has been offended - then, suddenly, she is of value to you again!
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Alternate Versions

A 107-minute version with English intertitles and an uncredited piano score was shown on the Turner Classic Movies (TCM) channel in 2006. It had no crew credits other than the director (as Carl Dreyer) and only three cast members: Johannes Meyer (as Johs Meyer), 'Astrid Holm' and Mathilde Nielsen. The English names used were John and Mary for the husband and wife, presumably to indicate a typical family, and "Nana" for the Wetnurse. The two older children were called Kathleen and Dick. See more »

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Remade as Tyrannens Fald (1942) See more »

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The Good Wife/The Bad Husband
27 November 2006 | by movingpicturegalSee all my reviews

The story of a "spoilt husband" - selfish, irritable, very ill-tempered and demanding as he rules the house, while his patient/devoted wife gets up at the crack of dawn to start her drab day of tending to his constant needs and complaints. Even the kids have to perform tasks all day rather than play to satisfy their tyrant of a father - but he's NEVER satisfied, nothing seems to be to his liking! Yeah, you got it, this guy is a serious jerk leaving me to wonder why the wife hasn't left him long ago. Luckily smart Nana, hubby's childhood nursemaid, steps up to the plate to help make some changes as she fetches the wife's mother and the two old women set out to straighten this guy out and teach him the lesson he so badly needs - to appreciate his wife. So the wife goes away for a "rest" (well needed, I should say) leaving hard-nosed Nana in charge of the brute!

This film is adequately entertaining, it is photographed in an interesting way, but is somewhat slow-moving and drags a bit in places. I would say at least half an hour shorter would have made this a better film. The acting is quite well done by all players. The version as shown on TCM included a pleasant piano score that sometimes suits the plot - and sometimes doesn't. Worth seeing.


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