17 July 2018

Ingrid Lutz

Ingrid Lutz (1924) is a retired German actress, who played spirited supporting roles in dozens of films between 1943 and 1959.

Ingrid Lutz
German postcard by Film-Foto-Verlag, no. A 3962/1, 1941-1944. Photo: Baumann / Ufa.

Ingrid Lutz
German collectors card by Lux.

Ingrid Lutz
Dutch postcard by 't Sticht, Utrecht, no. 1434.

Ingrid Lutz
Dutch postcard, no. AX 1276.

A troubled production


Ingrid Marga Irene Lutz was born in 1924 in Berlin-Wilmersdorf.

She was the daughter of a dance teacher. Ingrid already danced in the children's ballet when she began her dance education at the Deutsche Oper, the German Opera House in Berlin. Later she took acting lessons.

At the age of 19, she got her first film roles. She played a little part in the comedy Ich vertraue Dir meine Frau/I Entrust My Wife to You (Kurt Hoffmann, 1943), starring Heinz Rühmann.

In 1944 she already played a leading role in the UFA production Junge Herzen/Young Hearts (Boleslaw Barlog, 1944) as student Lindy opposite Harald Holberg.

She also appeared in the comedy Sag' die Wahrheit/Tell the Truth (Helmut Weiss, 1946) starring Gustav Fröhlich, Mady Rahl, and Ingeborg von Kusserow. The film had a troubled production, and was originally filming in the final days of the Nazi era with Heinz Rühmann and his wife Hertha Feiler in the lead roles.

Production was halted when Soviet forces took control of the Tempelhof Studios during the Battle of Berlin. The film was then remade in the British sector of Berlin with different leads but using substantial amounts of footage already shot during the previous production.

Ingrid Lutz in Die verschleierte Maja (1951)
West-German postcard by Kolibri-Verlag, no. 565. Photo: Lilo / Pontus Film. Publicity still for Die verschleierte Maja/The Veiled Lady (Géza von Cziffra, 1951).

Ingrid Lutz in Hurra - ein Junge! (1953)
West-German postcard by Kolibri-Verlag, no. 675. Photo: Berolina / Constantin / Wesel. Publicity still for Hurra - ein Junge!/Hurrah, a Boy! (Ernst Marischka, Georg Jacoby, 1953).

Ingrid Lutz in Die vertagte Hochzeitsnacht (1953)
West-German postcard by Kunst und Bild, no. A 845. Photo: Ariston / NF. Publicity still for Die vertagte Hochzeitsnacht/The adjourned wedding night (Karl Georg Külb, 1953).

Science-Fiction film


After the war, Ingrid Lutz toured with the orchestra of Michael Jary, who also composed songs for her. Her most famous number was Das Ist Nichts für Kleine Mädchen (That's not for little girls), which she recited along with Rudolf Platte. She also sang songs together with Bully Buhlan.

In addition to her stage work, Lutz made a considerable number of films during the 1950s. She often was the spirited supporting actress in comedies, who could also dance and sing.

In Das kann jedem passieren/This can happen to anyone (Paul Verhoeven, 1952), she played showgirl Rita opposite Heinz Rühmann as a respectable husband in need of an explanation.

Other films were the romantic drama Bis wir uns wiedersehn/Until We Meet Again (Gustav Ucicky, 1952) starring Maria Schell and O.W. Fischer, the comedy Hurra - ein Junge!/Hooray, It's a Boy! (Ernst Marischka, Georg Jacoby, 1953) starring Walter Müller and Theo Lingen, and the comedy Ich und meine Schwiegersöhne/Me and My Sons-in-law (Georg Jacoby, 1956), starring Grethe Weiser.

Her final film was the Science-Fiction film Zurück aus dem Weltall/Moonwolf (Georges Friedland, 1959) with Carl Möhner.

Ingrid Lutz married three times. She first married society doctor Wolfgang Wohlgemuth. After her third marriage to a textile merchant, she retired to private life.

Ingrid Lutz in Tante Jutta aus Kalkutta (1953)
West-German postcard by Kunst und Bild, Berlin. Photo: Ariston / Brünjes / NF Film. Publicity still for Tante Jutta aus Kalkutta/Aunt Jutta from Calcutta (Karl Georg Külb, 1953).

Ingrid Lutz in Du mein stilles Tal  (1955)
West-German postcard by Kolibri-Verlag, no. 1622. Photo: CCC / Gloria / Arthur Grimm. Publicity still for Du mein stilles Tal/You my quiet valley (Leonard Steckel, 1955).

Ingrid Lutz in Du mein stilles Tal (1955)
West-German postcard by Kunst und Bild, no. A 553. Photo: Gaza Studio, Berlin. Publicity still for Du mein stilles Tal/You my quiet valley (Leonard Steckel, 1955).

Ingrid Lutz in Du mein stilles Tal (1955)
German postcard by Kunst und Bild, Berlin, no. T 629. Photo: CCC / Gloria-Film / Grimm. Publicity still for Du mein stilles Tal/You my quiet valley (Leonard Steckel, 1955).

Sources: Wikipedia (German and English) and IMDb.
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