Edwin, a taxi driver, lives with Annie, a neurasthenic model. They plan to spend Sunday at the Nikolassee beach with Wolfgang, an officer, gentleman, antiquarian, gigolo, at the moment a ... See full summary »
"Der Mann, der seinen Mörder sucht" or "Looking for His Murderer" or "Der Himmelskandidat" is a German black-and-white film from the year 1931 and German acting legend Heinz Rühmann was not even 30 when he starred in here, bis breakthrough performance as a lead actor 2 years before the Nazis came into power. The director is Robert Siodmak, also only around the age of 30, who went on to become one of Germanys most influential filmmakers in the decades afterward. The story here is about a young man who wants to die, but does not have the guts to commit suicide. As a consequence, he makes a contract with a criminal according to which he has to kill him in the next 12 hours. However, unluckily for Rühmann's character (or luckily?), he falls in love and makes some great new friends at the same time, so he and the new people in his life try their best to find the killer before he can commit his horrible deed. But right when they do, they realize another criminal has entered the picture. This film runs originally 90 minutes, but sadly only 50 minutes of this movie still exist. Quite a pity as I would have liked to see the rest as well. Anyway, even at 50 minutes, it felt like an entertaining watch. Despite the somewhat serious background, this is a 100% comedy movie as with pretty much all of Rühmann's early work. I recommend the watch. Go check it out.
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