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DAS HÄSSLICHE MÄDCHEN (1933) * with switchable English subtitles *

Dolly Haas, Max Hansen and Otto Wallburg, Henry Koster
$13.99

In der Buchhaltung einer Versicherungsgesellschaft wird eine neue Sekretärin gesucht. Um die ewigen Liebeleien unter Angestellten zu unterbinden, sucht der Personalchef nach einem möglichst hässlichen Mädchen und glaubt es in der unscheinbaren Lotte gefunden zu haben. Aber der junge Buchhalter Fritz will sich so eine Behandlung nicht gefallen lassen. Nur um zu zeigen, dass es mit der "Hässlichen" nicht anders zugeht als sonst auch, macht er Lotte den Hof. Daraufhin wird Lotte entlassen. Fritz bekommt nun doch ein schlechtes Gewissen und legt beim Direktor ein gutes Wort für sie ein. Und nach einigen Verwicklungen verliebt er sich tatsächlich in sie. 

The accounting department of an insurance company is looking for a new secretary.  To prevent a repeat of the eternal love affairs between the employees, the head of personnel -- no doubt taking advantage of the not-yet-existent anti-discrimination laws -- is seeking the ugliest troll of a woman he can find to do the office typing.  And he believes he's found her in the nondescript Lotte.  But the bookkeeper Fritz is deeply offended by such mean, discriminatory practices.  He decides he's going to correct the boss' disgusting behaviour by going one better:  to prove that even ugly people deserve to reproduce, he's going to hit up on Lotte.  But the joke's on him, because the boss deals with the two offensive discriminatory practices by committing a third one:  he fires the ugly woman.  Fritz feels so guilty for getting her fired --- but not for playing with her heart to prove a point -- that he puts in a good word for her with the director  (for what?  To become top dog in the company kennel?!?).  And after some complications  --- getting a dog license? --- he promptly falls in love with her. Moral of the story?  That true love is based on what one has inside and not how one looks on the exterior ... a rather ironic lesson lost on the powers that be in Germany at the time.

 

DVD-R IS IN GERMAN WITH SWITCHABLE ENGLISH SUBTITLES. APPROX. 72 MINS.  + 27 MINS. NEWSREEL COMBINED TOTAL. VERY GOOD FILM QUALITY OVERALL.

 

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