1 user 1 critic

The Liar (1961)

Der Lügner (original title)
| Comedy, Drama | 1965 (USA)
Mr. Schumann tells his little daughter a lot of lies about himself, so she can be proud of her father.



(play), | 1 more credit »
1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »


Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Director: Ulrich Erfurth
Stars: Heinz Rühmann, Ingeborg Körner, Gustav Knuth
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A stiff German professor inherits a house in Montevideo, Uruguay.

Director: Helmut Käutner
Stars: Heinz Rühmann, Ruth Leuwerik, Paul Dahlke
Crime | Thriller | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Having doubts about the guilt of the obvious suspect in the murder of an eight year old girl, a police detective decides to investigate the case on his own.

Director: Ladislao Vajda
Stars: Heinz Rühmann, Sigfrit Steiner, Siegfried Lowitz
Director: Kurt Hoffmann
Stars: Heinz Rühmann, Liselotte Pulver, Fritz Tillmann
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

Small time crook Napoleone falls into an unlikely gang made up of a gangster, called The Baron, and his two cohorts, Agonia and The Captain, where Napoleone takes them to Rome where they ... See full summary »

Director: Lucio Fulci
Stars: Lando Buzzanca, Jean-Claude Brialy, Edward G. Robinson
Praetorius (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Director: Kurt Hoffmann
Stars: Heinz Rühmann, Liselotte Pulver, Fritz Tillmann
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A young shoemaker is arrested for stealing a small amount of money, and is released after being jailed for 15 years. He wants to have a pass to get a job and start anew, but without a job ... See full summary »

Director: Helmut Käutner
Stars: Heinz Rühmann, Martin Held, Hannelore Schroth
Comedy | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

During World War I, Schweik (played by Heinz Rühmann) is drafted into the Austro-Hungarian Army as soldier, where he is assigned to be an assistent to Lt. Lukas.

Director: Axel von Ambesser
Stars: Heinz Rühmann, Ernst Stankovski, Franz Muxeneder
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Max, a small time pick-pocket, has nothing to do with the "big" crimes. But then he must find the murderer of Fred, his wife's brother.

Director: Imo Moszkowicz
Stars: Heinz Rühmann, Elfie Pertramer, Hans Clarin
The Crammer (1958)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Dr. Hermann Seidel is an authoritarian teacher at a small town high school.After the dislocation to a big town school, he sees himself and his concept of education, put to a severe test.

Director: Axel von Ambesser
Stars: Heinz Rühmann, Wera Frydtberg, Gert Fröbe
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Director: Kurt Meisel
Stars: Heinz Rühmann, Hannelore Bollmann, Werner Peters
Fronttheater (1942)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

The very successful actress Lena Andres marries Dr. Paul Meinhardt. For his sake she gives up her acting career.

Director: Arthur Maria Rabenalt
Stars: Heli Finkenzeller, René Deltgen, Lothar Firmans


Cast overview, first billed only:
Sebastian Schumann
Giulia Follina ...
Nicky (as Julia Follina)
Annemarie Düringer ...
Annemarie Karsten
Blandine Ebinger ...
Fräulein Kriese
Gustav Knuth ...
Werner Hinz ...
Joseph Offenbach ...
Siegfried Wischnewski ...
Werner Schumacher ...
Joachim Wolff ...
Balduin Baas ...
Günther Jerschke ...
Herbert Weissbach ...
Stanislav Ledinek ...
Russischer Delegierter
Ida Turay ...


When the wife of Sebastian Schumann left her family, he told his little daughter that her mother has died, because he thought that this was the easiest way for her to accept that her mother is now gone. But this was only the beginning of a lot of lies he tells her continuously, mostly about himself and his job. This way he also tries to hide away from her the fact that he had to quit his job as a traveler and is now paid much less than before. Written by Michael Zink

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

based on play | See All (1) »


Comedy | Drama


See all certifications »




Release Date:

1965 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Alle tiders far  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

9 October 1999 | by (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

Very charming and honest film about the love between a father (Heinz Rühmann) and his 10 year old daughter. Vajda's direction of the cast is excellent, but he was not always the best film director. Also this film is nicely put together with the best craftsmanship, but there is always too much a feeling of a staged play. Minuses are fully compensated by the story material and Vajda's treatment of it in which he avoids any sentimentality. The cast is good too and excellent Heinz Rühmann fits the part; the interaction between him and the 10 year old charming Julia Follina is perfect and very natural. Good cinematography by Günther Anders.

The film contains also a comment - albeit a slight one - on the West German Economic Miracle. At one moment the Rühmann character says that only 1 out of 3 people can really profit; for keeping his head above financial water he has to sell half of his furnishing. There is strong competition between the children as to how much money and luxury their respective parents have. This aspect combined with the love story is what the theme of the film is: the Rühmann character ultimately gives the most to his daughter.

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

Message Boards

Discuss The Liar (1961) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: