Meine Frau, Die Hochstaplerin (1931)

Run Time - 87 min.  |   Countries - Germany  |  
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Mein Frau, Die Hochstaplerin (My Wife, the Swindler) has something in common with the much-later Barbra Streisand comedy For Pete's Sake. The hero, played by Heinz Ruehmann, is a bank employee whose wife, Kaethe von Nagy, will do anything to help her hubby get ahead in business. Hocking all of their valuables, Von Nagy then indulges in a bit of swindling, all for the purpose of seeking out a sure-fire financial opportunity for Ruehmann. Amazingly, she succeeds, and by film's end Ruehmann is manager of a profitable sausage factory (it is a German film, after all). The script manages to wedge in a few musical numbers for the pleasure of Kaethe von Nagy's most fervent fans.

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ambition, greed, obsession