The seven daughters of Mrs. Gyurkovics

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German title The seven daughters of Mrs. Gyurkovics
Original title Flickorna Gyurkovics
Country of production Sweden , Germany
Publishing year 1926
length 6 acts, 2360 m, at 20 fps 103 minutes
Director Ragnar Hyltén-Cavallius
script Paul Merzbach
production AB Isepa Stockholm, Universum Film AG Berlin
music Werner Richard Heymann
camera Carl Hoffmann
cut Carl Hoffmann
Ragnar Hyltén-Cavallius

The Seven Daughters of Mrs. Gyurkovics is the title of a silent film comedy that Ragnar Hyltén-Cavallius realized in 1926 based on a script that Paul Merzbach wrote based on a literary model by Ferenc Herczeg . The film was a German-Swedish co-production by AB Isepa (Stockholm) and Universum Film AG UFA (Berlin).


“A very enjoyable comedy about a womanizer who, under a false identity, goes to the country to visit his best friend's aunt to be married to one of her daughters. But of course everything turns out very differently than expected. "

“Under the name of a friend, the heartbreaker Count Horkay goes to the country to look for a bride. On the train ride he meets Mizzi, Gyurkovic's young daughter, who pretends to be the nymphomaniac Countess Hohenstein. When the alleged countess is brought under lock and key by the real Hohenstein family, Horkay, disguised as a maid, starts a rescue operation. "


The seven daughters of Mrs. Gyurkovics was filmed in Berlin and Hungary with Swedish, German, British and Russian actors. The template for Paul Merzbach's manuscript was the story A Gyurkovics lányok by Ferenc Herczeg , published in 1893 . The film buildings were built by Vilhelm Bryde . Carl Hoffmann , who also edited the film together with director Ragnar Hyltén-Cavallius, was in charge of the camera .

Werner Richard Heymann composed and conducted the illustration music .

The film was available to the Reichsfilmzensur on December 20, 1926 with a length of 2563 m and was registered under the censorship no. B. 15326 with youth ban. The German premiere took place on April 13, 1927 in Berlin in the Lichtspieltheater UT Kurfürstendamm . It was also submitted to censorship in Sweden on December 20, 1926 and received censorship no. cnr. 38,242. In Sweden it was premiered on December 26, 1926 in the “Röda Kvarn” cinema in Stockholm .

The seven daughters of Mrs. Gyurkovics were shown not only in Germany and Sweden but also in Denmark, France, Italy, Portugal, Greece and the USA, there as A Sister of Six .


The Lichtbild-Bühne wrote about the film on April 16, 1927:

“A Swedish film full of photographic and acting culture, cheerful, never stormy, but always amusing. The German actors fit in perfectly - and even the Budapest atmosphere doesn't negate the national character. The manuscript is from Dr. Paul Merzbach written with remarkable clarity. It really got all the punch lines that make Herczeg's novel amusing. Ragnar Hyltén-Cavallius is directing it, and he is doing it in the best Swedish tradition. Everything is clear and transparent, all tastelessness and brutalities to which the material provokes have been carefully avoided. With a remarkable culture, a directing style is maintained that will make this swank bite-sized even for spoiled demands. "

The Mizzi actress, British actress Betty Balfour , received praise for her acting skills:

“The heroine, the cheeky, adventurous, girlish Mizzi is in good hands with Betty Balfour. She is sweet and daring and with the best sense of humor. "

The Austrian writer Hugo Bettauer , author of the scripts for the films Die Stadt ohne Juden (1924) and Die joudlose Gasse (1925), discussed the film in his 1927 weekly .

The film was shown at the International Silent Film Festival in Bonn in 2016 (32nd Bonn Summer Cinema August 11-21, 2016); the film pianist Richard Siedhoff from Weimar accompanied the performance.


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  • Hugo Bettauer (Ed.): Bettauer's weekly. Volume 4, issues 1–36. Published 1927.
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  • Kay Less: 'In life, more is taken from you than is given ...' Lexicon of filmmakers who emigrated from Germany and Austria 1933 to 1945: A general overview. (= Acabus biography ). ACABUS Verlag, 2011, ISBN 978-3-86282-142-6 , p. 142 on Paul Merzbach.

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  1. * November 27, 1885 in Stockholm, died November 15, 1970, Swedish screenwriter and director, was one of the authors of the Greta Garbo film Gösta Berling's saga in 1924 , cf.
  2. cit. n. Schöning / Drößler, program booklet p. 15.
  3. cf. ( Memento of the original from June 15, 2018 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. ; a more detailed description of the contents can be found at the Murnau Foundation . @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  4. cf. Goble p. 220.
  5. Birett p. 132, portrait of the composer p. 197; Ploog 2, p. 433.
  6. Birett p. 132.
  7. Photo of the front of the cinema from 1921. at
  8. cf. iMDb / release info
  9. cit. n. Schöning / Drößler, program booklet p. 15.
  10. Volume 4, issues 1–36, on pp. 85–86 and 95.
  11. cf. Henry Bernhard: Pianist Richard Siedhoff: Modernize the silent film with the piano. In: Deutschlandradio. Studio 9, February 27, 2016.
  12. cf. Schöning / Drößler, program booklet p. 15.