Wanda’s Trick

Wanda’s Trick

Dr. R. Portegg (Rosa Porten, Franz Eckstein)

Silent film
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A young woman working in a cigarette factory is hoping to marry the director but he’s not interested in a serious relationship – until she comes up lucky on the lottery. Since the business is close to bankruptcy, he then asks her for her hand. But now she gives him the brush-off, resulting in a stand-off that is the start of a very entertaining game of proficiency between the two, a game in which she proves herself to be a loyal partner with successful marketing ideas. He has to admit that he had underestimated her.

Money, marriage and class relations are indeed inextricably caught up here but the narrative as such lends the main female character a note of serious comedy. Which is how she is played by comedienne Wanda Treumann: With earnest astonishment and skepticism, with dignified sensuality and with non-conformist but intelligent dynamism and obstinacy.

The serious aspect of this comedy is underlined by the realistic setting: the work in the cigarette factory, a walk through the streets of Berlin or a park, the apartment in which Wanda lives with her mother. Thus the comic aspect is derived from the storyline and from the perseverance of the main character.

_Annette Förster

Directors / Script

Dr. R. Portegg (Rosa Porten, Franz Eckstein)


Wanda Treumann (Wanda Schmied/Diana Latone in the international version), Heinrich Schroth (Factory director, Heinrich Löbel), Marie Grimm-Einödshofer (Wanda’s Mother)


Treumann-Larsen-Film-Vertriebs-GmbH, Berlin


Deutsche Kinemathek

Dr. R. Portegg (Rosa Porten, Franz Eckstein)

Recent film history research revealed that behind the pseudonym» Dr. R. Portegg« were the couple Rosa Porten and Franz Eckstein. Born 1884, Rosa Porten was previously, if at all, known as the sister of silent-movie star Henny Porten, yet she was one of the first women involved in the early days of film, as a performer, writer and director of many comedies and dramas. Dortmund | Cologne IWFF in 2015 showed Wanda’s Trick and Der neueste Stern vom Varieté, both of which she directed.