Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Eine Frau Ohne Bedeutung was adapted by Thea von Harbou from the 1893 Oscar Wilde comedy A Woman of No Importance. Though updated to the 1930s, the story, concerning a reconciliation between an estranged father and son as orchestrated by an "unimportant" woman, remains the same. Perhaps Wilde had not intended his third act to be quite so melodramatic, but it must be remembered that von Harbou previously worked on such films as Dr. Mabuse and Metropolis. Without a thorough knowledge of German, one is hard-pressed to determine whether or not Wilde's epigrammatic dialogue survived intact. Still, audiences in 1936 were satisfied, as were the producers when Eine Frau Ohne Bedeutung turned out to be a success.
estrangement, family, family-reunion, father, reconciliation, son