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  (in credits order)
Karl Valentin ... Karl Valentin, Schneidergeselle
Liesl Karlstadt ... Frau Paula Kuhn
Truus Van Aalten ... Anni
Ferdinand Martini ... Friedrich Kuhn, Schneidermeister
Heinz Könecke ... Herr Lechner
Otto Welte
Karl Raab
Ulrich Verden
Georg Rückert
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Maria Byk
Gustl Gstettenbaur ... Uhrmacherlehrling Toni (as Gustl Stark-Gstettenbauer)

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Walter Jerven 
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Walter Jerven (writer)

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Walter Jerven .... producer
Franz Osten .... producer
Cinematography by
Hans Karl Gottschalk 
Set Decoration by
Peter Rochelsberg 

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Lovely old comedy, 13 February 2008
Author: suchenwi ( from Konstanz, Germany

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

This was Karl Valentin's first feature-length movie, as well as his last silent movie. Talkies allowed him to present his extravagant verbal humor, but also in Der Sonderling does he deliver many funny moments - from his fakely prolonged nose to various slapstick acts. Notable for his black humor are especially the failed suicide scenes in the end.

"Boy wonder" Gustl Gstettenbaur also plays a nice part as the teenage seducer (he was 15 at the time, but had acted in a number of movies already, including Fritz Lang's "Spione" and "Frau im Mond"). Truus van Aalten is his cute and naughty girl counterpart.

The skeleton plot: a tailor in want of money finds a 100 mark bill (equivalent to some 1000 in today's currency) in the pocket of a jacket he is ironing. He first takes it, but later regrets and puts it back - though erroneously into another, similar jacket. Tribulations with the original owner and the finder ensue. It is interesting that this same plot line, though with very different fillings, appears again 7 years later in Valentin's "Donner, Blitz und Sonnenschein"...

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