Die Verkaufte Braut


An adaptation of Bedřich Smetana's opera The Bartered Bride. Set in 19th century Bohemia, the matchmaker Kezal wants to bring the mayor's daughter Marie and the rich landowner's son Wenzel together. Both of them, however, have already fallen in love with someone else. The endearing characters, a whimsical storyline and quiet humor combine with catchy tunes, a pastoral setting and fluid camera work. A last hurrah in the wanning days of Weimar cinema, by non-other than Max Ophüls. One of the early cinematic works of the prolific director, which he made a year before fleeing Germany after the Reichstagbrand. It probably provided a welcome distraction for German moviegoers during those turbulant times.

The Bartered Bride () is a 1932 German film directed by Max Ophüls and based on the comic opera The Bartered Bride by Czech composer Bedřich Smetana.


The Bartered Bride is the comic misadventure of two mismatched couples.


  • Jarmila Novotná as Marie
  • Willy Domgraf-Fassbaender as Hans
  • Karl Valentin as Rudolph Brummer
  • Liesl Karlstadt as Katinka Brummer
  • Paul Kemp (actor) as Wenzel
  • Annemarie Sörensen as Esmeralda Brummer, their daughter
  • Max Schreck as Muff, ein Komödiant
  • Hans Appel
  • Ernst Ziegler
  • Max Nadler as Burgermeister
  • Hermann Kner as Micha
  • Maria Janowska as Micha's Wife, Agnes
  • Karl Riedel as First policeman
  • Georg Holl as Second policeman
  • Richard Ryen
  • Lothar Körner
  • Lotte Deyers
  • Mary Weiß
  • Trude Haefelin
  • Dominik Löscher
  • Kurt Horwitz as Singer
  • Therese Giehse as Photo Concession Barker
  • Eduard Mathes-Roeckel
  • Max Duffek
  • Beppo Brem as Bauernpursch


  • "Overture"
  • Otto Wernicke, Paul Kemp, Max Nadler and Maria Janowska - "Alles ist so gut wie richtig"
  • "Das ist treue Liebe"
  • Jarmila Novotná and Willy Domgraf-Fassbaender - "Fliesse, Wasser, Fliesse
  • chorus - "Bohemian Folk Dance"
  • Jarmila Novotná - "Jungfrau Maria"
  • Jarmila Novotná and Willy Domgraf-Fassbaender - "Heut Bin Ich Dein, Jetzt Bist Du Mein"
  • Jarmila Novotná - "Wenn Du gehts, Ich Will nicht Klagen"
  • Otto Wernike and Willy Domgraf-Fassbaender - "Ohne Dukaten bist Du verraten"
  • Otto Wernicke, chorus and Jarmila Novotná - "Ruhe, Ruhe nur Geduld"
  • chorus - "Er verkaufte seine Braut"
  • Annemarie Sörensen - "Alles geht am Schuerchen"
  • "Prodaná nevesta" (Written by Bedřich Smetana)

Category:1932 films
Category:German-language films
Category:Black-and-white films
Category:1930s comedy films
Category:Films of the Weimar Republic
Category:Films directed by Max Ophüls

Hermann Rosenfeld, Ludwig Scheer
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