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Pál Fejös (writer)
Adolf Lantz (screenplay)
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Release Date:
10 December 1933 (Finland) See more »
Vienna, at the height of the Great Depression. Like so many others, Hans has no work, no money, nowhere to live... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Annabella ... Anna

Gustav Fröhlich ... Hans (as Gustav Froehlich)
Paul Otto ... Ein Polizeikommissär
Hans Marr ... Ein Priester
Walter Brandt ... Ein Geldeinnehmer

Annie Rosar ... Eine Zimmervermieterin
Jaro Fürth ... Ein Drogeriebesitzer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Karl Forest ... Buerovorsteher
Norbert Rohringer ... Ein Jung
Franz Schafheitlin ... Ein Arzt im Unfallkrankenhaus
Wilhelm Schich ... Ein Wiener Hausbewohner
Irene Seidner

Duke of Windsor ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Pál Fejös  (as Paul Fejos)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Pál Fejös  writer (as Paal Fejos)
Adolf Lantz  screenplay

Produced by
Pál Fejös .... producer
Sergio Otzoup .... producer
Original Music by
Ferenc Farkas  (as Franz von Farkas)
Sándor Szlatinay 
Cinematography by
Adolf Schlasy 
Adolf Weith 
Film Editing by
Lothar Wolff 
Art Direction by
Heinz Fenchel 
Emil Stepanek 
Production Management
Beyer .... unit manager
Fohn .... unit manager
Adolf Rosen .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lothar Wolff .... assistant director
Sound Department
Alfred Norkus .... sound
Music Department
Ferenc Farkas .... musical director (as Franz von Farkas)

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Also Known As:
"Sonnenstrahl" - Germany (original title)
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87 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Tobis-Klangfilm)

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French actress Annabella only speaks a little more than a dozen lines throughout the whole film, mostly monosyllables.See more »
Movie Connections:
Alternate language version of Gardez le sourire (1933)See more »


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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Need to Be Needed, 20 April 2014
Author: boblipton from New York City

A man who has lost his job trudges to the Danube to kill himself. When a young woman throws herself in, he rescues her and they begin their long and erratic journey to love.

Writer-Director-Epidemiologist-Archaeologist Paul Fejos -- I'm pretty sure he didn't wear all his hats on this shoot -- offers us a charming view of Vienna from the underside, with leads Annabella and Gustav Fröhlich most charming. The ups and downs go on a little too often. I would have cut it one iteration short, but he directs it as a silent with enough sound sequences to let you know this is the sound era. The leads mime their performances very nicely. Annabella is almost mute (perhaps her German was not so good) in her shy, mousy role and Fröhlich's performance suggests Bill Haines in one of his more down-to-earth roles.

Anyone who has seen Fejos' LONESOME will recognize this as another film in the same vein, a corrective to King Vidor's THE CROWD. Between the players and the city of Vienna, this is a good one to see.

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