The Kaiser's Lackey

The Kaiser's Lackey (1951)

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 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...

Writing:
  • Wolfgang Staudte
  • Fritz Staudte
  • Heinrich Mann
Directing:
  • Wolfgang Staudte
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  • Release Date: 1951-08-31
  • Language: Deutsch
  • Country: XG, DE
  • Runtime: 109

Werner Peters

Diederich Heßling

Sabine Thalbach

Agnes Göppel

Raimund Schelcher

Dr. Wolfgang Buck

Blandine Ebinger

Frau von Wulckow

Paul Esser

Regierungspräsident von Wulckow

Emmy Burg

Magda Heßling

Friedel Nowack

Mrs. Göpel

Ernst Legal

Zillich

Renate Fischer

Guste Daimchen

Carola Braunbock

Emmi Heßling

Friedrich Gnaß

Napoleon Fischer

Georg August Koch

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