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The Way of All Flesh (1927)

The story takes place in Milwaukee during the early 1900s with a bank clerk named August Schiller who is happy with both his job and his family. He is tasked with transporting $1,000 in ... See full summary »

Director:

Victor Fleming

Writers:

Perley Poore Sheehan (story), Lajos Biró (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Emil Jannings ... August Schilling
Belle Bennett ... Mrs. Schilling
Phyllis Haver ... The Temptress
Donald Keith ... August Jr.
Fred Kohler ... The Tough
Philippe De Lacy ... August - as a Child
Mickey McBan Mickey McBan ... Evald
Betsy Ann Hisle ... Charlotte
Carmencita Johnson ... Elizabeth
Gordon Thorpe Gordon Thorpe ... Karl
Jackie Combs Jackie Combs ... Heinrich
Dean Harrell Dean Harrell ... Evald
Anne Sheridan Anne Sheridan
Nancy Drexel
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Storyline

The story takes place in Milwaukee during the early 1900s with a bank clerk named August Schiller who is happy with both his job and his family. He is tasked with transporting $1,000 in securities to Chicago. On the train he meets a blond seductress who convinces him to buy her a bottle of champagne, and takes him to a saloon. The next morning he awakes alone in a dilapidated bedroom and without the securities. He finds the woman and pleads with her to return the stolen securities. When he also threatens her he is knocked unconscious by the saloon owner and dragged to a nearby railroad track. As the crooks strips him of his ID and papers, Schiller recovers and struggles with the saloon owner, ultimately throwing him into the path of an oncoming train, killing him. Schiller flees and, as he is about to take his own life, sees in a newspaper that he is supposedly dead. The saloon owner's mangled body had been identified as Schiller's. Twenty years pass. Schiller is now aged and unkempt,... Written by Anonymous

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"The Way of all Flesh" is grippingly human. It portrays the struggle of soul against flesh. Without a doubt, one of 1928's Finest. (Print ad- Newcastle Morning Herald and Miner's Advocate, ((Newcastle, NSW)) 1 August 1928)

Genres:

Drama

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Country:

USA

Release Date:

1 October 1927 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Weg allen Fleisches See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$859,900
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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Northern Illinois University owns a 17-minute filmstrip entitled "Movie Milestones No. (1936)" in which this lost film is featured as one of four clips. The others are The Ten Commandments (1923), Old Ironsides (1926) and Behind the Front (1926). See more »

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Remade as The Way of All Flesh (1940) See more »

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the last part of the movie The Way of all Flesh
7 May 2006 | by omakdon32See all my reviews

I saw this movie when I was a very young boy prior to WW2 I believe that I was nine at the time. For some reason this movie has followed throughout my life, it made a great impression on me. Especially the last scene when the dad was watching his family through the window of their home at Xmas time and it was snowing, the local cop caught him went to the door and asked the mans wife {whom she did not recognize] what she wanted him to do with the man. She then asked the man if he would like to come in and have some {I think it was a pudding or something like that} and he stated no thank you I had a wife that used to make that. he then walked away and disappeared walking off into the snowy night. The movie was great to bad it no longer exists.


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