The Way of All Flesh (1927)

 |  Drama  |  1 October 1927 (USA)
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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
Donald Keith ...
August, junior
Fred Kohler ...
The Tough
August, as a child
Mickey McBan ...
Betsy Ann Hisle ...
Carmencita Johnson ...
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 »


Remade as The Way of All Flesh (1940) See more »

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Emil Jannings' Oscar- winning performance is "LOST."

Emil Jannings is the only Oscar winner whose performance is "LOST." Jannings won on the basis of two performances this first year of the Academy and we are fortunate to still have the other, THE LAST COMMAND. He is magnificent in that. This original THE WAY OF ALL FLESH is among the "LOST" films. Also nominated for Best Picture - no positive or negative materials are known to exist.

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