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The House in Montevideo (1951)

Das Haus in Montevideo (original title)
A straight-laced German schoolmaster, married with twelve children, finds that his daughter has inherited a house in South America from her aunt, who was banished from the family for her ... See full summary »


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Complete credited cast:
Curt Goetz Curt Goetz ... Prof.Traugott Hermann Nägler
Valerie von Martens Valerie von Martens ... Frau Professor Marianne Nägler
Albert Florath Albert Florath ... Pastor
Lia Eibenschütz Lia Eibenschütz ... Madame de la Rocco
John Mylong ... Anwalt (as John Mylong-Muenz)
Ruth Niehaus ... Atlanta Nägler, Tochter
Eckart Dux ... Herbert Kraft
Rudolf Reiff Rudolf Reiff ... Bürgermeister
Ingeborg Körner ... Carmencita
Lope Rica Lope Rica ... Belinda
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Andrea Perkams Andrea Perkams ... Marta
Günther Vogt Günther Vogt ... Parsival Nägler, Sohn


A straight-laced German schoolmaster, married with twelve children, finds that his daughter has inherited a house in South America from her aunt, who was banished from the family for her loose morals. Along with the house comes a considerable fortune. However, there is a catch: unless there is an occurrence in the schoolmaster's own family, similar to the circumstances that led the family to disown his sister, the deceased aunt, and before a certain date, his daughter cannot claim her inheritance. The prim and proper schoolmaster is in a quandary: shall he sacrifice the moral integrity of one of his virtuous daughters or let his girl miss out on inheriting her aunt's fortune?

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Release Date:

8 November 1951 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

A Casa em Montevidéu See more »

Filming Locations:

Montevideo, Uruguay See more »

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1.37 : 1
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During Word War II, Curt Goetz worked as a writer in Hollywood. The screwball elements in The House in Montevideo (1951) reflect his experiences from US comedies. See more »


Remade as The House in Montevideo (1963) See more »

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Delightful and a good example of Curt Goetz's mastery
25 July 2011 | by harald-leinweberSee all my reviews

Curt Goetz has a unique place in German entertainment as a writer, playwright, actor and director.

He has a very refined humor, is a master of speech and profound allusions. The type of character he often played has no more a place in German cinema but as a laughing stock - it is a conservative man with rather backward mannerisms, but always with a heart and a keen understanding of people and events. (It may be not by chance that Scott Guber of "Boston Public" springs to mind.)

In this movie Goetz creates a scenario of bad morals and high standards, where especially those with the high standards are made fun of. And those standards are viewed very critically, without any educational attitude (the main character played by Goetz is a teacher!).

A very funny movie with a very humane subtext.

A play from a German tradition long since abandoned - unfortunately.

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