Master of the World (1934 film)
|Master of the World|
|Directed by||Harry Piel|
|Written by||Georg Mühlen-Schulte|
|Music by||Fritz Wenneis|
|Running time||90 minutes|
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.
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.
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.
- Walter Janssen as Dr. Heller
- Sybille Schmitz as Vilma, seine Frau
- Walter Franck as Prof. Wolf
- Aribert Wäscher as Geheimrat Ehrenberg
- Siegfried Schürenberg as Werner Baumann
- Willi Schur as Karl Schumacher, Steiger
- Gustav Püttjer as Becker, Bergmann
- Klaus Pohl as Stöppke, Bergmann
- Oskar Höcker as Luppe, Bergmann
- Max Gülstorff as Neumeier, Berginspektor
- Otto Wernicke as Wolter, Oberingenieur
- Hans Hermann Schaufuß as Fischer, Bürodirektor
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