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Release Date:
31 August 1951 (East Germany) See more »
Diederich Heßling is scared of everything and everyone. But as he grows up, he comes to realize that... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)
Werner Peters ... Diederich Heßling
Paul Esser ... Regierungspräsident von Wulckow
Renate Fischer ... Guste Daimchen
Ernst Legal ... Pastor Zillich
Raimund Schelcher ... Dr. Wolfgang Buck
Eduard von Winterstein ... Buck sen.
Friedrich Maurer ... Fabrikant Göpel
Sabine Thalbach ... Agnes Göpel
Hannsgeorg Laubenthal ... Mahlmann
Friedrich Gnaß ... Napoleon Fischer
Wolfgang Kühne ... Dr. Mennicke
Fritz Staudte ... Amtsgerichtsrat Kühlemann
Wolfgang Heise ... Leutnant von Brietzen
Axel Triebel ... Major Kunze
Arthur Schröder ... Landgerichtsdirektor
Paul Mederow ... Dr. Heuteufel
Friedrich Richter ... Fabrikbesitzer Lauer
Heinz Keuneke ... Gottlieb Hornung
Richard Landeck ... Warenhausbesitzer Neumann
Ernst Wehlau ... Sötbier
Kurt-Otto Fritsch ... Junger Arbeiter
Blandine Ebinger ... Frau von Wulkow
Carola Braunbock ... Emmi Heßling
Emmy Burg ... Magda Heßling
Gertrud Bergmann ... Mutter Heßling
Erich Nadler ... Vater Heßling
Antje Ruge ... Jungfrau von Orleans
Friedel Nowack ... Frau Göpel
Viola Recklies ... Junge Arbeiterin
Oskar Höcker ... Landgerichtsrat Fritzsche
Georg August Koch ... Geheimer Medizinalrat
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Günther Ballier ... Mann (uncredited)
Fredy Barten ... Mann (uncredited)
Maria Besendahl ... Frau (uncredited)
Egon Brosig ... Mann (uncredited)
Elka Haedrich ... Frau (uncredited)
Hannjo Hasse ... Mann (uncredited)
Georg Helge ... Mann (uncredited)
Johannes Maus ... Mann (uncredited)
Hans Olaf Moser ... (uncredited)
Edgar Pauly ... (uncredited)
Peter Peterz ... Wiebel (uncredited)
Günther Polensen ... Mann (uncredited)
Martin Rickelt ... (uncredited)
Harry Riebauer ... (uncredited)
Hans Rose ... Mann (uncredited)
Käthe Scharf ... Frau (uncredited)
Hilma Schluter ... Frau (uncredited)
Horst Schönemann ... Mann (uncredited)
Steffie Spira ... (uncredited)
Friedrich Teitge ... Mann (uncredited)
Albert Venohr ... Mann (uncredited)
Egon Vogel ... (uncredited)
Charles Hans Vogt ... Mann (uncredited)
Bella Waldritter ... Frau (uncredited)
Gerd Wolfrum ... Mann (uncredited)

Directed by
Wolfgang Staudte 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Heinrich Mann  novel "Der Untertan"
Fritz Staudte 
Wolfgang Staudte 

Original Music by
Horst Hans Sieber 
Cinematography by
Robert Baberske 
Film Editing by
Johanna Rosinski 
Production Design by
Karl Schneider 
Erich Zander 
Costume Design by
Walter Schulze-Mittendorff 
Makeup Department
Willy Roloff .... makeup artist
Alois Strasser .... makeup artist
Production Management
Fritz Brix .... unit manager
William Neugebauer .... unit manager
Willi Teichmann .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Hanna Bark .... assistant director
Werner Reinhold .... assistant director
Sound Department
Erich Schmidt .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Günter Marczinkowsky .... assistant camera
Eduard Neufeld .... still photographer
Other crew
Hans Robert Bortfeld .... script editor

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Der Untertan" - East Germany (original title)
"The Kaiser's Lackey" - International (English title)
"The Subject" - International (English title)
"The Underdog" - USA (informal English title)
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109 min | West Germany:97 min (cut version)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Finland:K-16 | Germany:12 (video rating) | Sweden:15 | West Germany:16 (f) (original rating) | West Germany:12 (f) (re-rating) | West Germany:(Banned) (1951-1956)


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7 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
As great as Fritz Lang's "M", 19 October 2003
Author: mingus_x from Vienna

This is a must see movie. Werner Peters and all the other cast members deliver superb performances. It has got an ensemble of top german character actors playing together on the same high level as we are used to get from the best of Preston Sturges' movies.

The photography of Robert Baberske is a sheer delight, both lighting and framing are masterly done.

If you have enjoyed Fritz Lang's "M" than you certainly will enjoy this one. The appeal of the story and characters may a bit more specific german, but the moral and "message" is timeless and is true to all western societies.

Comedic film jewels like this are not made anymore - this makes it even less understandable that there is no DVD version around yet. (I know for certain that a top notch flawless negative for a digital transfer exists !!!)

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