The Domestic Tyrant

The Domestic Tyrant (German: Der Haus-Tyrann) is a 1959 West German comedy film directed by Hans Deppe and starring Heinz Erhardt, Grethe Weiser and Peter Vogel.[1] It is based on the play The Scoundrel by Hans Reimann and Toni Impekoven, which has been made into serval films.

The Domestic Tyrant
Directed byHans Deppe
Produced byWalter Traut
Written byWerner P. Zibaso
Based onThe Scoundrel
by Hans Reimann and Toni Impekoven
Music byRaimund Rosenberger
CinematographyOskar Schnirch
Edited byWerner Preuss
Distributed byGloria Film
Release date
29 January 1959
Running time
90 minutes
CountryWest Germany

The film's sets were designed by the art directors Werner Achmann and Willy Schatz.


An overbearing owner of a coffee shop torments his family and customers, until he finds himself in court.



  • Willy Hagara - "Es kann im Frühling sein" (Music by Josef Niessen, lyrics by Bruno Balz)
  • Willy Hagara - "Man liebt nur einmal" (Music by Josef Niessen, lyrics by Bruno Balz)


  1. Bock & Bergfelder p.113


  • Hans-Michael Bock and Tim Bergfelder. The Concise Cinegraph: An Encyclopedia of German Cinema. Berghahn Books, 2009.
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