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The House in Montevideo (1963)

Das Haus in Montevideo (original title)
A stiff German professor inherits a house in Montevideo, Uruguay.


Helmut Käutner


Curt Goetz (play), Curt Goetz (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Heinz Rühmann ... Prof. Dr. Traugott Hermann Nägler
Ruth Leuwerik ... Marianne Nägler
Paul Dahlke ... Pastor Riesling
Hanne Wieder Hanne Wieder ... Carmen de la Rocco
Ilse Pagé Ilse Pagé ... Atlanta
Michael Verhoeven ... Herbert
Viktor de Kowa ... Anwalt
Fritz Tillmann Fritz Tillmann ... Bürgermeister
Elfie Fiegert Elfie Fiegert ... Belinda (as Toxi Fiegert)
Doris Kiesow Doris Kiesow ... Martha
Herbert Kroll Herbert Kroll ... Apotheker
Georg Gütlich Georg Gütlich ... Oberst
Pierre Franckh ... Lohengrin
Ulla Moritz Ulla Moritz
Lener von Alm Lener von Alm


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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West Germany


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Release Date:

17 October 1963 (West Germany) See more »

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Color (Eastmancolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Referenced in The Art of Living (1965) See more »

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Minor classic
29 December 1999 | by LiedzeitSee all my reviews

When I recently zapped into this film I was for some reason hooked. I had seen it many years ago and in my memory it was an okay film but now I must admit it is nearly perfect. Heinz Ruehmann plays the patriarch German Professor with a family of 12 kids. They love and adore and fear him like a father these days will never know. The moral crisis comes when he or rather his daughter Atlanta inherits a house in Montevideo. His sister whom he had forced into exile because she was a "fallen" women had made her fortune. As it turns out by becoming a famous singer. But when they come to collect the money all appearance seems to suggest that the fortune was made by some less accepted profession. It now turns out that they will only inherit if some member of the family will also become an unmarried mother. Wonderful acting by Ruehmann when he tries to get the idea across to the fiancé of his daughter never directly speaking but rather using incredibly funny metaphors. A pure delight especially when it could turn out into something embarrassing at every moment which it never does. The solution to the crisis is rather silly but acceptable.

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