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Doctor Praetorius (film)

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Doctor Praetorius
Directed by
Written byCurt Goetz (play)
Produced byHans Domnick
CinematographyFritz Arno Wagner
Edited byFritz Stapenhorst
Music byFranz Grothe
Domnick Filmproduktion
Distributed byHerzog-Filmverleih
Release date
  • 15 January 1950 (1950-01-15)
Running time
95 minutes
CountryWest Germany

Doctor Praetorius or Woman's Doctor Praetorius (German: Frauenarzt Dr. Prätorius) is a 1950 West German comedy drama film directed by Karl Peter Gillmann and Curt Goetz and starring Goetz, Valerie von Martens and Erich Ponto.[1] It was based on Goetz's own hit play which was the following year made into an American film People Will Talk. A second German film Praetorius was released in 1965, starring Heinz Rühmann.

It was shot at the Göttingen Studios. The film's sets were designed by Walter Haag.

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My experiments did not turn out quite like yours, Henry, but science, like love, has her little surprises, as you shall see. Good heavens, Doctor. What are these? There is a pleasing variety about my exhibits. My first experiment was so lovely that we made her a queen. Charming, don't you think? Then, of course, we had to have a king. Now he's so madly in love with her that we had to segregate them. Now, now. I have to be very careful with the king. Now behave. My next production looked so disapprovingly at the other two... that they made him an archbishop. He seems to be asleep. I must wake him up. The next one is the very Devil. Very bizarre, this little chap. There's a certain resemblance to me, don't you think? Or do I flatter myself? I took a great deal of pains with him. Sometimes I have wondered whether life wouldn't be much more amusing... if we were all devils, and no nonsense about angels... and being good. Oh! There's the king out again. [Squeaking] Even royal amours are a nuisance. [Squeaking] [Chattering] Poor archbishop. He has his hands full. There. That will keep you quiet. My little ballerina is charming but such a bore. She won't dance to anything but Mendelssohn's "Spring Song," and it gets so monotonous. My next is very conventional, I'm afraid, but you can never tell how these things will turn out. It was an experiment with seaweed. Normal size has been my difficulty. You did achieve size. I need to work that out with you.


Because of his kindness and philanthropy, the doctor enjoys great popularity among patients, the medical staff and the student body alike. Only his colleague Prof. Speiter begrudges his success.

When his patient Maria Violetta wants to commit suicide because of an extramarital pregnancy, Prätorius takes care of the young woman. When he wants to carefully prepare her father for the news, this Praetorius considers a more than welcome admirer of his daughter. Since a deep affection has developed between the doctor and his patient, the two eventually marry. The private happiness of the two fuels the envy of Prof. Speiter. Through Praetorius' mysterious factotum Shunderson, he finally believes he can uncover dark points from the doctor's past. But Praetorius succeeds in refuting all allegations before a court of honor with wit and astonishing revelations.

In Goetz's production, particularly tragicomic and melancholic moments of the play are emphasized. Humanistic values are emphasized and the problems of abortion and the death penalty are critically examined. In addition, Praetorius strives as constantly as in vain to research the microbe of human stupidity, which he believes to be the cause of envy, hatred and war.



  1. ^ Rentschler p. 345


  • Rentschler, Eric, ed. (2013). German Film and Literature: Adaptations and Transformations. Hoboken: Taylor & Francis. ISBN 978-1-136-36873-8.

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