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An Ideal Spouse (1935)

Ein idealer Gatte (original title)
Sir Robert Chiltern is a successful Government minister, well-off and with a loving wife. All this is threatened when Mrs Cheveley appears in London with damning evidence of a past misdeed.... See full summary »


Herbert Selpin


Oscar Wilde (play), Thea von Harbou


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Credited cast:
Brigitte Helm ... Lady Gertrud Chiltern
Sybille Schmitz ... Gloria Cheveley
Karl Ludwig Diehl ... Lord Robert Chiltern
Georg Alexander ... Lord Arthur Goring
Anni Markart Anni Markart ... Mabel Chiltern
Paul Henckels ... Lord Caversham
Werner Scharf Werner Scharf ... Vicomte de Nanjac
Karl Dannemann ... Parker, Oberingenieur
Heinz Förster-Ludwig Heinz Förster-Ludwig ... Mason, Diener bei Chiltern
Karl Platen Karl Platen ... Phips, Diener bei Goring
Erich Walter Erich Walter ... Montfort, Sekretär bei Chiltern
Hermann Frick Hermann Frick ... Vickers, Buchhalter
Babette Jenssen Babette Jenssen ... Miss Harriet (as Babette Jensen)
Eva Schmid-Kayser Eva Schmid-Kayser ... Betty, Lady Chilterns Zofe
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Valy Arnheim ... Angestellter im Palladium


Sir Robert Chiltern is a successful Government minister, well-off and with a loving wife. All this is threatened when Mrs Cheveley appears in London with damning evidence of a past misdeed. Sir Robert turns for help to his friend Lord Goring, an apparently idle philanderer and the despair of his father. Goring knows the lady of old, and, for him, takes the whole thing pretty seriously.

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Release Date:

10 January 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

An Ideal Husband See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK

Company Credits

Production Co:

Terra-Filmkunst See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Tobis-Klangfilm)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This was the last film for Brigitte Helm. The rise of the National Socialist Party and their control of the film industry caused her to emigrate to Switzerland and never make another film. See more »


Version of An Ideal Husband (1965) See more »

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Far from ideal!
24 October 2019 | by brogmillerSee all my reviews

I approached this film with eager anticipation but admit to being disappointed.Thea von Harbou's adaptation makes a mockery of the play. Rather than being being tricked by Lord Goring into giving up the incriminating letter by which she hopes to blackmail Lord Chiltern, the scheming Mrs. Cheveley played by Sybille Schmitz(brunette of course!) simply returns it to the angelic Lady Chiltern played by Brigitte Helm(blonde of course!) because the latter appeals to her better nature and prompts her to do the decent thing. How much more interesting it would have been had these two actresses swapped roles and von Harbou not dumped Wilde's original concept. The play has been updated and the ceaselessly intrusive twenties-style score of Werner Bochmann is intensely irritating. Sadly this was Helm's last film before going off to Switzerland with her industrialist husband.Her departure was a loss to us all but this film is a loss to no one. The only point of interest, UNFORTUNATELY, is the gruesome fate that befell the director Herbert Selpin whilst making 'Titanic'.

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