Sex in Chains concerns itself with politics, but only in a roundabout way. Times are a bit tough for the young Sommers couple. Franz (William Dieterle) has been unemployed for a while, and his wife Helene (Mary Johnson) frets at home as he attempts to find any sort of decent job. He even signs on as a door-to-door vacuum cleaner salesman, and in one notable scene, he pitches to a wealthy young fraulein who feeds her cat gourmet food as she watches his demonstration. His look of disgust is memorable.
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