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Man of Straw (1951)

109 min | Comedy, Drama

Diederich Heßling is scared of everything and everyone. But as he grows up, he comes to realize that he has to offer his services to the powers-that-be if he wants to wield power himself. His life motto now runs: bow to those at the top ...See moreDiederich Heßling is scared of everything and everyone. But as he grows up, he comes to realize that he has to offer his services to the powers-that-be if he wants to wield power himself. His life motto now runs: bow to those at the top and tread on those below. In this way, he always succeeds: as a student in a duel-fighting student fraternity and as a businessman in a paper factory. He cajoles the obese district administrative president Von Wulkow and wins his favor. He slanders his financial rivals and hatches a plot with the social democrats in the town council. On his honeymoon with his rich wife Guste, he finally finds a chance to do his beloved Kaiser a favor. And when a memorial to the Kaiser is unveiled in the town where Diederich lives and works, he delivers the address. He stands behind the lectern in the pouring rain, saluting his Kaiser. The crowd is dispersed. Everything is laid in ruins... Written by Anonymous See less
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Aug 31, 1951 (East Germany)

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Werner Peters
Diederich Heßling Diederich Heßling   See fewer
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Paul Esser
Regierungspräsident von Wulckow Regierungspräsident von Wulckow   See fewer
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Renate Fischer
Guste Daimchen Guste Daimchen   See fewer
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Ernst Legal
Pastor Zillich Pastor Zillich   See fewer
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Raimund Schelcher
Dr. Wolfgang Buck Dr. Wolfgang Buck   See fewer
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Eduard von Winterstein
Buck sen. Buck sen.   See fewer
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Friedrich Maurer
Fabrikant Göpel Fabrikant Göpel   See fewer
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Sabine Thalbach
Agnes Göpel Agnes Göpel   See fewer
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Friedrich Gnaß
Napoleon Fischer Napoleon Fischer   See fewer
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Wolfgang Kühne
Dr. Mennicke Dr. Mennicke   See fewer
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Fritz Staudte
Amtsgerichtsrat Kühlemann Amtsgerichtsrat Kühlemann   See fewer
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Wolfgang Heise
Leutnant von Brietzen Leutnant von Brietzen   See fewer
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Axel Triebel
Major Kunze Major Kunze   See fewer
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Arthur Schröder
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Paul Mederow
Dr. Heuteufel Dr. Heuteufel   See fewer
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Friedrich Richter
Fabrikbesitzer Lauer Fabrikbesitzer Lauer   See fewer
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Heinz Keuneke
Gottlieb Hornung Gottlieb Hornung   See fewer
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Richard Landeck
Warenhausbesitzer Neumann Warenhausbesitzer Neumann   See fewer
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Ernst Wehlau
Sötbier Sötbier   See fewer
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Kurt-Otto Fritsch
Junger Arbeiter Junger Arbeiter   See fewer
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Blandine Ebinger
Frau von Wulkow Frau von Wulkow   See fewer
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Carola Braunbock
Emmi Heßling Emmi Heßling   See fewer
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Emmy Burg
Magda Heßling Magda Heßling   See fewer
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Gertrud Bergmann
Mutter Heßling Mutter Heßling   See fewer
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Erich Nadler
Vater Heßling Vater Heßling   See fewer
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Antje Ruge
Jungfrau von Orleans Jungfrau von Orleans   See fewer
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Friedel Nowack
Frau Göpel Frau Göpel   See fewer
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Viola Recklies
Junge Arbeiterin Junge Arbeiterin   See fewer
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Oskar Höcker
Landgerichtsrat Fritzsche Landgerichtsrat Fritzsche   See fewer
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Georg August Koch
Geheimer Medizinalrat Geheimer Medizinalrat   See fewer
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Günther Ballier
Mann (uncredited) Mann (uncredited)   See fewer
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Fredy Barten
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Maria Besendahl
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Georg Helge
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Wiebel (uncredited) Wiebel (uncredited)   See fewer
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Hans Rose
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Hilma Schluter
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Horst Schönemann
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7.5 / 10 | 699 votes