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The Immortal Heart (1939)
"Das unsterbliche Herz" (original title)

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Biography of Paul Henlein, the man who invented the pocket watch.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Henlein
Kristina Söderbaum ...
Dr. Schedel
Raimund Schelcher ...
Konrad Windhalm
Michael Bohnen ...
Martin Behaim
Paul Henckels ...
Ernst Legal ...
Bader Bratvogel
Eduard von Winterstein ...
Richter Sixtus Heith
Franz Schafheitlin ...
Burghauptmann Zinderl
Jakob Tiedtke ...
Schöffe Weihrauch
Wolf Dietrich ...
Graf Pankraz
Auguste Prasch-Grevenberg ...
Barbara Henlein
Josef Dahmen ...
Hans Quest ...
Bernhard Minetti ...


Biography of Paul Henlein, the man who invented the pocket watch.

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20 October 1939 (USA)  »

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One of the many light entertainment films done during that period
22 August 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of Veit Harlands non propaganda films. Honest accurate autobiography of the creators of the pocket watch. It's more honest than his next film that he was possibly shooting simultaneously or planning ,which would be released in 1940, Judd Suss.The problem is that Kristine Soderbaum is mismatched as the inventors wife. He's too old for her.The love scene's are laughable and unbelievable.Rejected from the inventors affections,she turn to his assistant, that I thought was his son.The beginning scene shows Him and his assistant on a ship during a storm. The men on the ship are racing around because of the fear the ship going to sink. They threaten him but then they all jump the ship. Heinrch jumps at the end holding the globe to float on. All of a sudden the scene jumps to the next scene and they have already been rescued.The assistant is cleaning a gun ant it goes off hitting Hein and injuring him. Then next scene ,editing jump,is in the middle of a court room trial scene ,as if some scene are missing,to find out who's responsible for the ship disaster.It's during the time he locks the door and Chrisitne is trying to come in ,that inspires him to invent the pocket watch.Inspite of editing glitches. It's a very good movie. Paul Wegner ,of Golem fame,plays the doctor,who get's rid of the bullet from his wound . George put's off the operation cause it's dangerous. Creating the pocket watch before his death. His wife nagging him makes him go up to a tower to finish the invention.The costumes on some of the actors especially Soderbaums looks as if they got it from a Holloween costume shop.Probably the budget.Don't let this throw you off it's a good movie.

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