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This film is shot from April 24th to May 15th
1930 in the Ufa-Atelier, Neubabelsberg. The
outdoor Scenes are done at Werbellinsee.
On June 13th 1930, it is disallowed by the Censors for projection to
youthful audiences (document: B. 26164 Filmprüfstelle Berlin).
showing takes place
in Berlin at the Gloria-Palast and on July
25th 1930 in Vienna at the Apollo-Theater.
A silent version of this film also exists with intermediary titles.
Two remakes, both by Kurt Hoffmann in West Germany ensue:
(1953) and Hokuspocus or: How do I make my Husband Disappear?
(Hokuspokus oder: Wie lasse ich meinen Mann
The story recounts how Kitty Kellermann, the widow of Paul
Kellermann an unsuccessful artist, appears in court charged
with drowning her husband during a boat ride.
Then, the fact comes out that she is three months pregnant, although her
husband already is dead since five months.
There upon, a certain Peter Bille, confesses to the murder. The case
appears to be solved, but Bille escapes from custody.
Finally, it is only after the Prosecutor, the Chief Judge and the
Defense Lawyer all accept an invitation from Kitty Kellermann that the
surprising truth actually comes out.
Ferdinand von Alten
Julius E. Hermann
Geza von Weiss
...Grandt, Chief Judge
...Dr. Wilke, Prosecutor
...Dr, Schüler, Defense
...Hartmann, 2nd Judge
...Lindborg, 3rd Judge
...Kolbe, District Attorney
(Boat Rental Agent)
...Kulicke, Witness (Hobo)
...Anny Sedal, Witness
...Older Court Assistant
...Younger Court Assistant
...Hungry Jury Member
Directed by Gustav
Karl Hartl &
Based on a play by Curt Goetz
Stage sets built by Robert Herlth
& Walter Röhrig
by Maria Jamitzky &
Robert Stolz &
score by Walter Reisch
Production: Universum-Film AG,
by Erich Pommer
Erich von Neusser
System from Klangfilm
Universum-Film AG, Berlin (Ufa)