Mrs. Tutti Frutti

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Original title Mrs. Tutti Frutti
Country of production Austria
original language German
Publishing year 1920
length 72 minutes
Director Michael Kertesz
script Friedrich Porges
production Sascha Kolowrat-Krakowsky
Arnold Pressburger
camera Gustav Ucicky

and Josef König, Oskar Sachs, Armin Springer

Mrs. Tutti Frutti is an Austrian silent film fun play by Michael Kertesz with Lucy Doraine in the title role of a capricious and eccentric millionaire's daughter on a very special groom show.


The young American Alice, an extremely spoiled and capricious millionaire's daughter, has been sent away by her annoyed father to her uncle, so that he might finally bring the rebellious young lady to reason. But soon the uncle is so annoyed by Alice's quirks and idiosyncrasies that he unceremoniously kicks her out of the door. In order to finally have some peace and quiet from the relatives, the stubborn woman comes up with a strange and macabre plan. If she got married, her annoying family would finally leave her alone. Only this husband should absolutely be terminally ill and die in two weeks at the latest so that she could finally be a merry widow.

Alice then goes to the sanatorium of the Viennese quack Dr. Not much, hoping to find the perfect marriage candidate there. Once she is happily widowed, Alice hopes, she will finally have the freedom she was previously denied. Dr. Not much may live up to his name, but although he indignantly rejects Alice's wishes, the girl gets to know a young painter through him a little later who exactly corresponds to her wishes. The young man looks good and has only a short time to live.

The young "luck" marries, and Alice has to realize with increasing jealousy that her newly wedded husband is obviously being piqued at by the ladies. Annoyed, Alice returns to the sanatorium and complains to Dr. Not much can be said about the husband brought to her. When the head of the sanatorium assures Alice that her husband only has two days to live, Alice becomes queasy. She has long since fallen in love with the painter and is now asking the doctor to do everything possible so that he can recover.

Production notes

Mrs. Tutti Frutti was shown for the first time in November 1920, the four-act mass start was on January 14, 1921 in Vienna.


“It could be doubted whether this idea is of particular benefit to comedy, if not all the allotria were brought together in order to ultimately achieve the success of the comedy. Lucy Doraine obviously has a lot of love for the humor subject. (...) The director Michael Kertész did a well-known good job. "

- New cinematographic review of November 27, 1920. p. 19

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