The Simple Girl

The Simple Girl (German: Das einfache Mädchen) is a 1957 West German musical comedy film directed by Werner Jacobs and produced by Artur Brauner. It starred Caterina Valente, Rudolf Prack and Ruth Stephan.[1]

The Simple Girl
Directed byWerner Jacobs
Produced byArtur Brauner
Written by
Music byHeinz Gietz
CinematographyFriedl Behn-Grund
Edited byJutta Hering
Distributed byGloria Film
Release date
23 August 1957
Running time
94 minutes
CountryWest Germany


The film was directed by German director Werner Jacobs and produced by Artur Brauner. It is based on an idea by Curth Flatow who also wrote the screenplay, together with Eckart Hachfeld.[1] The working title was Bravo, Caterina. Horst Wendlandt was line producer and Brauner's wife, Maria, was in charge of costume design.[1] Filming took place in May 1957 at the Spandau Studios in Berlin.[1] The film's sets were designed by the art directors Emil Hasler and Paul Markwitz.

The film premiered on 23 August 1957 at the Thalia in Wiesbaden.[1]


Caterina Bastiani, a talented young actress, is offered the leading role in a musical. This is her big break but the author of the novel on which the musical is based is less than pleased about this adaption — and he does not think much of Caterina. Caterina meets a girl by accident who has applied to work for the author as a maid. She takes the girl's place in order to prove her talent as an actress and shows up at the author's home as the new maid herself.[1]



  1. "Filmportal: Das einfache Mädchen". Retrieved 31 March 2013.


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