The Kaiser's Lackey (1951)

Diederich Heßling is scared of everything and everyone. But as he grows up, he comes to realize that he has to offer his services to the powers-that-be if he wants to wield power himself. His life motto now runs: bow to those at the top and tread on those below. In this way, he always succeeds: as a student in a duel-fighting student fraternity and as a businessman in a paper factory. He cajoles the obese district administrative president Von Wulkow and wins his favor. He slanders his financial rivals and hatches a plot with the social democrats in the town council. On his honeymoon with his rich wife Guste, he finally finds a chance to do his beloved Kaiser a favor. And when a memorial to the Kaiser is unveiled in the town where Diederich lives and works, he delivers the address. He stands behind the lectern in the pouring rain, saluting his Kaiser. The crowd is dispersed. Everything is laid in ruins...

Directing:
  • Wolfgang Staudte

Writing:
  • Wolfgang Staudte
  • Fritz Staudte
  • Heinrich Mann

Stars:
Release Date: 1951-08-31
themoviedb icon 6.9/10
  • Country: XG, DE
  • Language: Deutsch
  • Runtime: 109
Werner Peters
Werner Peters
Diederich Heßling
Paul Esser
Paul Esser
Regierungspräsident von Wulckow
Blandine Ebinger
Blandine Ebin...
Frau von Wulckow
Renate Fischer
Renate Fische...
Guste Daimchen
Carola Braunbock
Carola Braunb...
Emmi Heßling
Emmy Burg
Emmy Burg
Magda Heßling
Sabine Thalbach
Sabine Thalba...
Agnes Göppel
Friedel Nowack
Friedel Nowac...
Mrs. Göpel
Ernst Legal
Ernst Legal
Zillich
Raimund Schelcher
Raimund Schel...
Dr. Wolfgang Buck
Eduard von Winterstein
Eduard von Wi...
Buck sen.
Hannsgeorg Laubenthal
Hannsgeorg La...
Mahlmann
Friedrich Gnaß
Friedrich Gna...
Napoleon Fischer
Friedrich Richter
Friedrich Ric...
Lauer
Georg August Koch
Georg August...
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