The Sovereign (1937)

03/17/1937 (DE) Drama 1h 43m
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Der Herrscher (The Sovereign) was based on Before Sunset, a play by Gerhart Hauptmann. The great Emil Jannings stars as Mathias Clausen, a self-made businessman who is forced to do a great deal of soul-searching when his wife unexpectedly dies. Determining to start life anew, he falls in love with his secretary Inken (Marianne Hoppe) and impulsively takes a vacation to Italy. Clausen's selfish grown children, not wishing to share their father's affections -- nor his money -- with his new wife-to-be, go to court demanding that Clausen be declared mentally incompetent. Upon finding this out, Clausen flies into a rage, leaving the audience to wonder whether or not he really as gone off his trolley. Der Herrscher was directed by Veit Harlan, more famous (or notorious) for his viciously anti-Semitic Jud Suess (1940).

  1. Veit Harlan


  2. Gerhart Hauptmann


  3. Curt J. Braun


  4. Thea von Harbou


  5. Harald Bratt


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  1. Emil Jannings

    Emil Jannings

    Matthias Clausen

  2. Marianne Hoppe

    Marianne Hoppe

    Inken Peters

  3. Hilde Körber

    Hilde Körber

    Bettina Clausen

  4. Käthe Haack

    Käthe Haack

    Ottilie Klamroth

  5. Herbert Hübner

    Herbert Hübner

    Direktor Erich Klamroth

  6. Maria Koppenhöfer

    Maria Koppenhöfer

    Klothilde Clausen

  7. Paul Bildt

    Paul Bildt

    Diener Winter

  8. Heinrich Schroth

    Heinrich Schroth

    Direktor Hofer

  9. Max Gülstorff

    Max Gülstorff

    Sanitätsrat Geiger

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Original Title Der Herrscher

Status Released

Original Language German

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