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The Way of All Flesh (1927)

The story takes place in Milwaukee during the early 1900s with a bank clerk named August Schiller who is happy with both his job and his family. He is tasked with transporting $1,000 in ... See full summary »



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Cast overview:
The Temptress
August, junior
The Tough
August, as a child
Mickey McBan ...
Betsy Ann Hisle ...
Gordon Thorpe ...
Jackie Combs ...
Dean Harrell ...
Anne Sheridan
Nancy Drexel


The story takes place in Milwaukee during the early 1900s with a bank clerk named August Schiller who is happy with both his job and his family. He is tasked with transporting $1,000 in securities to Chicago. On the train he meets a blond seductress who convinces him to buy her a bottle of champagne, and takes him to a saloon. The next morning he awakes alone in a dilapidated bedroom and without the securities. He finds the woman and pleads with her to return the stolen securities. When he also threatens her he is knocked unconscious by the saloon owner and dragged to a nearby railroad track. As the crooks strips him of his ID and papers, Schiller recovers and struggles with the saloon owner, ultimately throwing him into the path of an oncoming train, killing him. Schiller flees and, as he is about to take his own life, sees in a newspaper that he is supposedly dead. The saloon owner's mangled body had been identified as Schiller's. Twenty years pass. Schiller is now aged and unkempt,... Written by Anonymous

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1 October 1927 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Weg allen Fleisches  »

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A poor quality two second clip of this lost film is in the 1939 documentary "Cavalcade Of Academy Awards", which highlights past achievements of the Academy Awards, and the 1939 ceremony. It is sporadically shown on Turner Classic Movies. See more »


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Lost Film - Except for 8-1/2 Minute Fragment
28 February 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Supposedly all that is left of this film is an eight-and-a-half minute fragment. I have never seen this short fragment, but wish that this entire film still existed. I do not know why this film is lost. It may have disintegrated in storage or been nearly completely destroyed in a fire or something, I just do not know. I believe that Emil Jannings won the Best Actor Award at the first Academy Awards in 1927. If you want to check out and early Emil Jannings film, The Lost Command still exists in its entirety and is definitely worth a look. New Yorker magazine has referred to Emil Jannings career as one that must be studied for any serious historian of early Hollywood films.

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