Madonna in Chains

Madonna in Chains (German: Madonna in Ketten) is a 1949 West German drama film directed by Gerhard Lamprecht and starring Lotte Koch, Karin Hardt and Elisabeth Flickenschildt.[1]

Madonna in Chains
Directed byGerhard Lamprecht
Produced byFranz Vogel
Written by
  • H.C. Pelman
  • Theo Rausch
Music byHans Carste
CinematographyBruno Timm
Edited byEva Kalthoff
Distributed byPanorama-Film
Release date
3 November 1949
Running time
85 minutes
CountryWest Germany

It was shot in studios in Düsseldorf with location filming taking place in the surrounding region. The film's sets were designed by the art director Alfred Bütow.


A woman is wrongly accused of a crime that was really committed by her husband and is sent to jail. While in prison she gives birth and the child is put up for adoption. Once fresh evidence frees her from jail, the woman goes searching for her daughter.


  • Lotte Koch as Maria Randolf
  • Karin Hardt as Gerda Wienholt
  • Elisabeth Flickenschildt as Gabriele Custodis
  • Elise Aulinger as Mutter Nickel
  • Dagmar Jansen as Christa, das Kind
  • Richard Häussler as Professor Wienholt
  • Heinz Schorlemmer as Dr. Peter Gellert
  • Werner Hessenland as Generaldirektor Randolf
  • Rudolf Therkatz as Direktor Weigant
  • Willy Millowitsch as Prof. Kleinschmidt
  • Paul Heidemann as Dr. Klaussen
  • Elisabeth Botz
  • Frigga Braut as Oberaufseherin Hansen
  • Emmy Graetz a sPförtnerin Gertrud
  • Hiltraud Helling
  • Renate Hofrichter
  • Alfons Godard
  • Carl Möller
  • Wilhelm Semmelroth
  • Hermann Weisse as Gefängnisdirektor Bertrich


  1. Bock & Bergfelder p. 275


  • Bock, Hans-Michael & Bergfelder, Tim. The Concise CineGraph. Encyclopedia of German Cinema. Berghahn Books, 2009.
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