Master of the World (1934 film)

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Master of the World
Directed by Harry Piel
Written by Georg Mühlen-Schulte
Starring Walter Janssen
Sybille Schmitz
Aribert Waescher
Willi Schur
Music by Fritz Wenneis
Cinematography Ewald Daub
Release dates
Running time
90 minutes
Country Nazi Germany
Language German

The Master of the World (German: Der Herr der Welt) is a German science fiction movie made in 1934 (released in the US in 1935). Its themes are the replacement of human labor with robotic replacements, and the threat to humanity by robots used as war machines. It was directed by Harry Piel and made by Ariel production.[1]


Walter Franck, playing "Wolf", as the half-crazy assistant to Walter Hanssen's "Dr. Heller", an inventor of robots, murders his master, and attempts to take over the world with his death-ray equipped robots. He is prevented from attaining his goal by Siegfried Schuerenberg's "Baumann", a mining engineer, and dies at the hands of the robot creations.[1]

In the happy end of the movie, robots have been transformed into industrial laborers, thus freeing humans for a more worthy and humane life of working on small farms.



  1. ^ a b Master of the World (1935) (Movie review in the New York Times. Accessed 2008-02-07.)

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