The great Emil Jannings stars as Mathias Clausen, a self-made businessman who is forced to do a great deal of soul-searching when his wife unexpectedly dies.

Director:

Writers:

(play), (motives of the comedy "Der Herrscher") | 2 more credits »
Reviews
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Certificate: Passed Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The blank verse does not work all that well in subtitles, but the film works even for those who don't understand German. The man who broke the jug, the judge, is trying a case who determine... See full summary »

Directors: Gustav Ucicky, Emil Jannings
Stars: Emil Jannings, Friedrich Kayßler, Max Gülstorff
Ohm Krüger (1941)
Biography | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Rousing biopic of Paul Kruger, the Boer guerilla fighter turned statesman and first president of South Africa.

Directors: Hans Steinhoff, Karl Anton, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Emil Jannings, Lucie Höflich, Werner Hinz
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A sequel to 1940's "Bismark", Bismarck is dismissed by an under-pressure Wilhelm II. Then the treaty with Russia is in peril as the leader is left with the dilemma of who could complete Bismarck's work.

Director: Wolfgang Liebeneiner
Stars: Emil Jannings, Margarete Schön, Christian Kayßler
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Director: Erich Engel
Stars: Emil Jannings, Maria Landrock, Viktor de Kowa
Kolberg (1945)
Drama | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

During Napoleon's victorious campaign in Germany, the city of Kolberg gets isolated from the retreating Prussian forces. The population of Kolberg refuses to capitulate and organizes the ... See full summary »

Directors: Veit Harlan, Wolfgang Liebeneiner
Stars: Heinrich George, Kristina Söderbaum, Horst Caspar
Drama | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A former Imperial Russian general and cousin of the Czar ends up in Hollywood as an extra in a movie directed by a former revolutionary.

Director: Josef von Sternberg
Stars: Emil Jannings, Evelyn Brent, William Powell
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The story of the stormy relationship between King Friedrich Wilhelm and his son, who later became known as King Frederick the Great of Prussia.

Director: Hans Steinhoff
Stars: Emil Jannings, Werner Hinz, Leopoldine Konstantin
Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

The Blue Angel is a sleazy bar and the local boys go there to see Lola who is the dancer. The teacher goes there to confront his students only to fall for the dancer.

Director: Josef von Sternberg
Stars: Emil Jannings, Marlene Dietrich, Kurt Gerron
Mother Song (1937)
Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
Director: Carmine Gallone
Stars: Beniamino Gigli, Maria Cebotari, Peter Bosse
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Erich Engel
Stars: Viktor Afritsch, Karl Ludwig Diehl, Friedrich Domin
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Max W. Kimmich
Stars: Gerhard Bienert, Helmut Brasch, Jochen Braun
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

The young country doctor Dr. Robert Koch is desperate seeking a cure for a tuberculosis epidemic costing many children in his district life.

Director: Hans Steinhoff
Stars: Emil Jannings, Werner Krauss, Viktoria von Ballasko
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Matthias Clausen
Paul Wagner ...
Professor Wolfgang Clausen - sein Sohn
...
Egert - sein jüngster Sohn
Hilde Körber ...
Bettina - seine Tochter
Käthe Haack ...
Ottilie Klamroth - seine verheiratete Tochter
Herbert Hübner ...
Direktor Erich Klamroth - deren Mann
Maria Koppenhöfer ...
Paula Clausen - geb. von Rübsamen
...
Inken Peters
Helene Fehdmer ...
Frau Peters
Max Gülstorff ...
Sanitätsarzt Geiger
Harald Paulsen ...
Justizrat Hanefeld
Theodor Loos ...
Pastor Immoos
...
Direktor Bodlfing
Paul Bildt ...
Diener Winter
Walter Werner ...
Privatsekretär Dr. Wuttke
Edit

Storyline

The great Emil Jannings stars as Mathias Clausen, a self-made businessman who is forced to do a great deal of soul-searching when his wife unexpectedly dies.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

based on play | See All (1) »

Genres:

Drama

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

15 October 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Ruler  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

(Tobis-Klangfilm)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Featured in Auge in Auge - Eine deutsche Filmgeschichte (2008) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

By today standards a good Melodramma
17 April 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Back then it was propaganda with entertainment.Today its just classic film entertainment in spite it's original intentions. It only offend the big corporate greed that would not distributed this film , or broadcast it ,for American home video cause of Controversy ,might slow their greedy profits down concerning classic films I'm not defending or condoning what happen in the past.It's already happened. Of course your sneaky communist,the politically correct ,get offended at films like this cause they are trying to spread communism through the scissors. l also don't defend Marianne Hoope being close to the Nazi officials ,more than Zarah and Marika was ever.Germany back then made a mistake.This is an excellent melodrama.Emille Janning, whom the big greedy broadcasters and distributes of classic films are politically correcting his past, just to save money and so no one won't boycott The blue angel,plays an industrialist ,Matthias Clausen.As a lonely widow of greedy self centered adult children ,one son a bit young,Kathy Haak,Hannes Stelzer Hilda Korber, Paul Wagner, Maria Koppenhofer and in laws Hurbert Hubner.They are selfish to the hilt.They hope he dies so they can sell the estate and business and keep the money. Clausen only comfort is his loyal secretary, Peters played by Marianne Hoope.He decides to marry her and the spoiled kids try to declare him insane so to makes sure they will get his inheritances.It back fires.the movie woulds have been a good early t.v series for German t.v. later on.It had that potential.Avaialble at Reichskino and Germanwarfilms


0 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?