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All for Money (1923)

Alles für Geld (original title)
Rupp (Jannings) is a former butcher, made rich in the meat packing industry as a result of the reversal of fortunes brought on by WWI. He is crude, uncouth and uneducated. His son, Fred, is... See full summary »




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Credited cast:
Hermann Thimig ...
Fred Rupp
Dagny Servaes ...
Hedwig Pauly-Winterstein ...
Frau von Laar
Henry von Lauffen
Curt Goetz ...
Graf Ehrhardt
Maria Kamradek ...
Paul Biensfeldt ...
Kammerdiener Pitt
Ferry Sikla ...
Ulrich Bettac ...
Fred Rupp
Ernst Stahl-Nachbaur ...
Direktor der Goliath-Werke
Heinrich Schroth ...
Direktor der Phönix-Werke
Reinhold Schünzel ...
Max Kronert ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ursula Nest ...


Rupp (Jannings) is a former butcher, made rich in the meat packing industry as a result of the reversal of fortunes brought on by WWI. He is crude, uncouth and uneducated. His son, Fred, is the apple of his father's eye and is an auto enthusiast. The widowed Rupp falls in love with a former aristocrat, Helen, now down on her luck and pawning her last heirloom. He proposes marriage and she accepts in order to save her ailing mother who needs a monetary influx to avoid death. Her former boyfriend, Platen, warns Helen against Rupp's intentions - he and Rupp are enemies, Rupp having caused his being fired for protecting a chorus girl against Rupp's unwanted advances. Meanwhile, Graf, a shyster, arranges purchase of a near bankrupt auto manufacturing firm, Phoenix, to Rupp's great advantage with practically no monetary recognition to Graf, who swears revenge. Rupp comes upon his son begging Helen not to marry his father but to return to Platen. Rupp misinterprets the scene, thinks his son ... Written by Arne Andersen

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5 November 1923 (Germany)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Jannings shines in overly plotted moral melodrama.
20 February 2002 | by (Putney, VT) – See all my reviews

Please see my plot summary on these pages for the rather involved and melodramatic plotting. It's a morality tale as an uneducated nouveau riche sacrifices all for monetary gain and pride, including in the end, the life of his son. Jannings is quite fine as the overly inflated meat packing magnate for the first hour, looking a combination of Roscoe Arbuckle and Charles Laughton. All this pomposity crashes in the last twenty minutes as he realizes he has caused the death of his son. His masterful face, crushed by the news of his son's death and later, distraught and almost catatonic in the witness stand, is one of the silent screen's great glories. He does his usual fine and memorable job during these last scenes, which are such a contrast to the bombastic personality he has exhibited for the first hour.

Nothing else about the film (performances, direction, cinematography, editing etc) is above the merely adequate. Jannings is the only reason for viewing the film. Note: It was made in Germany in 1921 but not released until 1923.

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