The woman in the ermine

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German title The woman in the ermine
Original title That Lady in Ermine
Country of production United States
original language English
Publishing year 1948
length 89 minutes
Director Ernst Lubitsch
Otto Preminger (anonymous)
script Samson Raphaelson
production Ernst Lubitsch
music Alfred Newman
camera Leon Shamroy
cut Dorothy Spencer

The woman in an ermine (original title: That Lady in Ermine ) from 1948 is a film musical by Ernst Lubitsch and also his last feature film . In the leading roles play Betty Grable and Douglas Fairbanks Jr. Samson Raphaelson wrote the screenplay for the action of Jean Gilbert - operetta That Lady in Ermine , whose libretto by Rudolph Schanzer and Ernst Welisch comes.


Around 1861, Duchess Angelina's wedding celebration came to an abrupt end when Hungarians invaded her duchy. Her ancestor, the "woman in an ermine", appears to Angelina in a dream and gives her the advice, Teglash, the leader of the Hungarians, to marry for the sake of peace and to murder him later. Angelina follows these instructions, only her emerging feelings for Teglash get in the way of her murder plans.


Ernst Lubitsch died of a heart attack in November 1947 and was unable to complete his last film. Otto Preminger , a former companion from Vienna, resumed filming, although it didn't appeal to him: “I found neither the script nor the film particularly interesting. I turned it off - that was all. "


The woman in an ermine was nominated for the Oscar in the Best Song category for the title song “ This Is the Moment ” by Friedrich Hollaender (music) and Leo Robin (lyrics) at the 1949 Academy Awards. In the same year there was also a nomination for the WGA Award for the screenwriter Samson Raphaelson in the category "Best Written American Musical".


The lexicon of international films wrote: "War, peace and reconciliation - here also a code for the relationship between the sexes."


  • Rudolf Schanzer, Ernst Welisch: The woman in an ermine. Text book of chants. Operetta in 3 acts . Music by Jean Gilbert. Drei Masken-Verlag, Berlin and Munich 1919, 48 pp.

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  1. The woman in an ermine. In: Lexicon of International Films . Film service , accessed July 8, 2017 .Template: LdiF / Maintenance / Access used