A Mother's Love (1939 film)

A Mother's Love or Mother Love (German: Mutterliebe) is a 1939 drama film directed by Gustav Ucicky and starring Käthe Dorsch, Paul Hörbiger and Wolf Albach-Retty.[1]

A Mother's Love
Directed byGustav Ucicky
Produced by
Written by
Music byWilly Schmidt-Gentner
CinematographyHans Schneeberger
Edited byRudolf Schaad
Distributed byUFA
Release date
  • 19 December 1939 (1939-12-19)
Running time
106 minutes

It was made by the Vienna-based Wien-Film which had been established following the German annexation of Austria the previous year. The film's sets were designed by the art directors Kurt Herlth and Werner Schlichting.

The film portrays the various sacrifices of a mother for her children. It was one of the comparatively few films made in Nazi Germany that celebrated the role of mothers in society, despite the Nazi Party's official promotion of a cult of motherhood.[2]



  1. Bock & Bergfelder p. 374
  2. Hake pp. 89–90


  • Bock, Hans-Michael; Bergfelder, Tim, eds. (2009). The Concise Cinegraph: Encyclopaedia of German Cinema. Berghahn Books. ISBN 978-1-57181-655-9.
  • Hake, Sabine (2013). German National Cinema (2nd ed.). Routledge. ISBN 978-1-136-02054-4.
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