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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.


Ladislao Vajda


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


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Heinz Rühmann ... Sebastian Schumann
Giulia Follina Giulia Follina ... Nicky (as Julia Follina)
Annemarie Düringer ... Annemarie Karsten
Blandine Ebinger ... Fräulein Kriese
Gustav Knuth ... Rotbarth
Werner Hinz ... Sperber
Joseph Offenbach Joseph Offenbach ... Bettler
Siegfried Wischnewski ... Kommissar
Werner Schumacher Werner Schumacher ... Goliath
Joachim Wolff Joachim Wolff ... Autovermieter
Balduin Baas Balduin Baas ... Wiedemayer
Günther Jerschke ... Inspektor
Herbert Weissbach Herbert Weissbach ... Vorsitzender
Stanislav Ledinek Stanislav Ledinek ... Russischer Delegierter
Ida Turay Ida Turay ... Kundin


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

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Referenced in The Human Jungle: Struggle for a Mind (1964) See more »

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9 October 1999 | by J. SteedSee 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.

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Release Date:

1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alle tiders far See more »

Filming Locations:

Hamburg, Germany See more »

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Real-Film GmbH See more »
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1.66 : 1
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