The Sweet Sins of Sexy Susan

The Sweet Sins of Sexy Susan (Austrian release: Susanne, die Wirtin von der Lahn, West German release: Die Wirtin von der Lahn) is a 1967 Austrian costume drama-sex comedy film directed by Franz Antel.[1]

The Sweet Sins of Sexy Susan
Directed byFranz Antel
Produced byCarl Szokoll
Kurt Kodal
Written byKurt Nachmann
StarringTeri Tordai
Harald Leipnitz
Music byGianni Ferrio
CinematographySiegfried Hold
Distributed byConstantin Film (West Germany)
Release date
1967 (Austria)
16 January 1968 (West Germany)
Running time
91 minutes


Kurt Nachmann and Franz Antel created the lead character Susanne Delberg, a courtesan-actress, later madame and eventual social climber during and after the Napoleonic Wars, with inspiration from Wirtinnenvers, a well-known profane commercium song about the exploits of an innkeeper woman from the Lahn.


In the Kingdom of Westphalia, a drunken innkeeper woman (Ljuba Welitsch), just before her death, bequeaths her inn to Susanne Delberg (Teri Tordai as Terry Torday), barring the sole beneficiary Goppelmann (Oskar Sima) from the inheritance. Goppelmann recruits the local Studentenverbindung to discredit Susanne's establishment. The tide turns when Susanne manages to seduce the student leader Anselmo (Mike Marshall) but through him, she finds herself in a conspiracy against the governor Dulce (Jacques Herlin) and the marching Grande Armée also involving her friend Ferdinand (Harald Leipnitz).


Frau Wirtin series

Although the heroine ostensibly dies at the end of the film, the commercial success of The Sweet Sins of Sexy Susan triggered the Frau Wirtin (or Sexy Susan) series of five films on later adventures of Susanne Delberg, all of them featuring Teri Tordai in the title role.

The first two films (Sexy Susan Sins Again (Frau Wirtin hat auch einen Grafen, 1968) and House of Pleasure (Frau Wirtin hat auch eine Nichte, 1969)) narrate Susanne's adventures involving Napoleon Bonaparte. The following two films (Sexy Susan Knows How...! (Frau Wirtin bläst auch gern Trompete, 1970) and The Hostess Exceeds All Bounds (Frau Wirtin treibt es jetzt noch toller, 1970)) are about Susanne's exploits in Hungary where she settles after Napoleon is deposed in 1814. The last film (The Countess Died of Laughter (Frau Wirtins tolle Töchterlein, 1973)), produced three years after the previous one was conceived as a closing chapter of Susanne's life and diverts from the earlier films of the series in several aspects, also incorporating a great deal of archive footage from earlier films.

Kurt Nachmann, the screenwriter for the series wrote and directed a film with a similar theme in 1970: Josefine Mutzenbacher based on the novel Josephine Mutzenbacher – The Life Story of a Viennese Whore, as Told by Herself.


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