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Romance in a Minor Key (1943)

Romanze in Moll (original title)
A grieving husband tries to uncover the truth behind his wife's suicide, leading him to discover a tragic tale of infidelity and redemption.

Director:

Helmut Käutner

Writers:

Willy Clever (screenplay), Willy Clever (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marianne Hoppe ... Madeleine
Paul Dahlke ... Madeleine's husband
Ferdinand Marian ... Michael
Siegfried Breuer ... Viktor
Elisabeth Flickenschildt ... Doorkeeper's wife
Karl Günther Karl Günther ... Jeweler (as Carl Günther)
Eric Helgar Eric Helgar ... Michael's brother
Karl Platen Karl Platen ... Michael's servant
Anja Elkoff Anja Elkoff ... Singer
Walter Lieck Walter Lieck ... Tall man
Ernst Legal Ernst Legal ... Hard-of-hearing man
Hans Stiebner Hans Stiebner ... Fat man
Hugo Flink Hugo Flink ... Banker
Klaus Pohl Klaus Pohl ... Pawnbroker
Leo Peukert ... Cafe proprietor
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Storyline

A grieving husband tries to uncover the truth behind his wife's suicide, leading him to discover a tragic tale of infidelity and redemption.

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

25 June 1943 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Det gaadefulde Smil See more »

Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany

Company Credits

Production Co:

Tobis Filmkunst See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Tobis-Klangfilm)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Quotes

Madeleine's husband: [Inquiring about the symphony performance] Is it over?
Madeleine: [Implying her hopeless situation] Yes... Yes, it really is all over.
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Beautifully made melodrama, based on a Maupassant story
8 April 2001 | by Lars-65See all my reviews

Though uncredited, the Maupassant story `Les bijoux' was the inspiration for this poignant drama. In late 19th century France, the wife of a bookkeeper is is blackmailed by her husband's boos after he discovers she is also the mistress of a famous composer. This beautifully made film has a sensitive delicacy that is unusual for Third Reich cinema. The cast – directed by the brilliant Helmut Käutner – is outstanding. Although Goebbles didn't like this film very much, Käutner went on and made to other brilliant melodramas before the end of the war. He directed Hans Albers in the superb colour feature `Grosse Freiheit Nr. 7' (1944) and helmed the equally brilliant `Unter den Brücken' (1945).


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