The Model Husband (1937 film)

The Model Husband (German: Der Mustergatte) is a 1937 German comedy film directed by Wolfgang Liebeneiner and starring Heinz Rühmann, Leny Marenbach and Hans Söhnker.[1] It is based on a 1915 American play Fair and Warmer by Avery Hopwood. The film was screened at the Venice Film Festival where it won an award. In the 1950s it was remade twice: a 1956 West German film The Model Husband and a 1959 Swiss The Model Husband.

The Model Husband
Directed byWolfgang Liebeneiner
Produced by
Written by
Music byHans Sommer
CinematographyWerner Bohne
Edited byGustav Lohse
Distributed byTobis Film
Release date
  • 13 October 1937 (1937-10-13)
Running time
95 minutes


A London banker makes a business trip to Venice where he falls in love with a woman who thinks her friend is cheating. They marry, but she soon gets bored because he's the "model husband"—the way she wished previously: he barely looks at other women. In turn no woman shows interest in him. Moral of the story: she said she wished for the model husband but unconsciously desires a Don Juan. Once he understands, he acts like one (a little) and she falls in love again.

The film was censored for youth by the Nazis.

Partial cast


  1. Hake p. 95


  • Bock, Hans-Michael; Bergfelder, Tim, eds. (2009). The Concise Cinegraph: Encyclopaedia of German Cinema. Berghahn Books. ISBN 978-1-57181-655-9.
  • Hake, Sabine (2001). Popular Cinema of the Third Reich. University of Texas Press. ISBN 978-0-292-73458-6.
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