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The Merry Wives of Windsor (1950)

95 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

For the corpulent nobleman, Sir John Falstaff, the inn in the small English town of Windsor is the best of all places. Here he can indulge in excessive dining and intemperate drinking, as well as swagger and boast about his adventures, ...See moreFor the corpulent nobleman, Sir John Falstaff, the inn in the small English town of Windsor is the best of all places. Here he can indulge in excessive dining and intemperate drinking, as well as swagger and boast about his adventures, particularly those of an amorous nature. At present, he has designs on the two young women, Mistress Reich and Fluth, who, in turn, lead our paunchy hero mightily by the nose. Mistress Reich indeed has much to deal with: her pretty daughter, Anna, has no lack of suitors and the parents cannot agree on who the future son-in-law should be. Anna, however, has already made her choice: she wants to marry young Master Fenton, a match which fails to suit her parents' plans. She plans a clandestine wedding ceremony in the forest. But it so happens that the townspeople join forces on the same night to sour stout Falstaff's life in Windsor and to drive him out of town. To pull off this dirty trick, Mistresses Reich and Fluth arrange yet another rendezvous with Falstaff in the forest at midnight. The citizens disguise themselves and now appear to the love-sick Sir John as ghosts. This is more than he can take and, horror-stricken, he flees Windsor forever. This musical masterpiece was questioned by the SED prior to its release due to the film's portrayal of societal relations. Great comedic performances. Written by DEFA Film Library See less
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William Shakespeare (play "The Merry Wives of Windsor") | Wolff von Gordon | Georg Wildhagen
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Updated Oct 22, 1950

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Sep 20, 1952 (United States)
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Sonja Ziemann
Frau Fluth (Mistress Ford) Frau Fluth (Mistress Ford)   See fewer
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Rita Streich
Frau Fluth (singing voice) Frau Fluth (singing voice)   See fewer
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Camilla Spira
Frau Gretchen Reich (Mistress Page) Frau Gretchen Reich (Mistress Page)   See fewer
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Martha Mödl
Frau Gretchen Reich (singing voice) Frau Gretchen Reich (singing voice)   See fewer
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Paul Esser
Sir John Falstaff (Johannes Spenser) Sir John Falstaff (Johannes Spenser)   See fewer
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Ina Halley
Anna Reich Anna Reich   See fewer
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Sonja Schöner
Anna Reich (singing voice) Anna Reich (singing voice)   See fewer
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Eckart Dux
Fenton Fenton   See fewer
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Hans Kramer
Sir John Falstaff (voice) Sir John Falstaff (voice)   See fewer
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Helmut Krebs
Fenton (voice) Fenton (voice)   See fewer
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Alexander Engel
Innkeeper Reich (Page) Innkeeper Reich (Page)   See fewer
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Willi Heyer-Kraemer
Innkeeper Reich (singing voice) Innkeeper Reich (singing voice)   See fewer
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Claus Holm
Herr Fluth (Ford) Herr Fluth (Ford)   See fewer
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Herbert Brauer
Herr Fluth (singing voice) Herr Fluth (singing voice)   See fewer
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Joachim Teege
Herr Spärlich Herr Spärlich   See fewer
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Gerd Frickhöffer
Dr. Cajus Dr. Cajus   See fewer
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Miriam Barty
Beutelschneiderin Beutelschneiderin   See fewer
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Will Dugal
Fischhändler Fischhändler   See fewer
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Maria Eggert
Frau - Ländliches Paar Frau - Ländliches Paar   See fewer
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Gerd Ewert
Gehilfe bei Reich Gehilfe bei Reich   See fewer
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Kurt-Otto Fritsch
Geliebter Geliebter   See fewer
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Heinz Gerlach
Patient Patient   See fewer
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Erich Gühne
Schuhmacher Schuhmacher   See fewer
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Dita Hussina
Blumenfrau Blumenfrau   See fewer
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Hans Jöckel
Passant Passant   See fewer
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Franziska Klossak
Falsche Braut Falsche Braut   See fewer
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Wladimir Marfiak
Knecht #1 Knecht #1   See fewer
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Fritz Melchior
Fuhrmann Fuhrmann   See fewer
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Mimi Mitell
Fischfrau Fischfrau   See fewer
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Berta Monnard
Wirtin Wirtin   See fewer
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Kurt Mühlhardt
Metzger Metzger   See fewer
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Herbert Richter
Schmied Schmied   See fewer
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Martin Rosen
Dicker Mann Dicker Mann   See fewer
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Ludwig Sachs
Quacksalber Quacksalber   See fewer
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Hans Sanden
Zahnbrecher Zahnbrecher   See fewer
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Horst Stoletzki
Botenjunge Botenjunge   See fewer
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Freddy Teichmann
Mann / Ländliches Paar Mann / Ländliches Paar   See fewer
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Nico Turoff
Knecht #2 Knecht #2   See fewer
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Charles Hans Vogt
Schneider Schneider   See fewer
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Liselotte Walter
Geliebte Geliebte   See fewer
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Walter Weinacht
Faktotum Faktotum   See fewer
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Gisela Arnold
Gehilfin des Zahnbrechers (uncredited) Gehilfin des Zahnbrechers (uncredited)   See fewer
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Elfie Dugall
Braune Hanne (uncredited) Braune Hanne (uncredited)   See fewer
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Renate Fischer
Frau des Baders (uncredited) Frau des Baders (uncredited)   See fewer
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Edith Hancke
Lehrling bei Reich (uncredited) Lehrling bei Reich (uncredited)   See fewer
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Adolf von Wyhl
Gehilfe bei Reich (uncredited) Gehilfe bei Reich (uncredited)   See fewer
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5.8 / 10 | 13 votes