Little Man, What Now? (1934 film)

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Little Man, What Now?
Film poster
Directed byFrank Borzage
Produced byCarl Laemmle Jr.
Screenplay byWilliam Anthony McGuire
Based onLittle Man, What Now? (novel)
by Hans Fallada
StarringMargaret Sullavan
Douglass Montgomery
Music byArthur Kay (uncredited)
CinematographyNorbert F. Brodin
Edited byMilton Carruth
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • May 1, 1934 (1934-05-01) (New York)
Running time
98 minutes
CountryUnited States

Little Man, What Now? is a 1934 pre-Code American drama film directed by Frank Borzage and starring Margaret Sullavan.[1] It is based on the novel of the same name by Hans Fallada. The novel had been turned into a German film the previous year.


In Germany in the 1930s, a young couple are struggling against poverty. Hans is a small business agent. He is happily married to Emma, whom he affectionately calls 'Lämmchen' (small lamb). They must keep their marriage a secret in order for Hans to keep his job, as his boss wants him to marry his daughter. Hans loses his job when the truth comes out. They move in with his stepmother in bustling Berlin to find success. Hans gets a small job in a department store. Things are okay until they find out that his stepmother is really a notorious madam and runs an exclusive brothel.



The film was a box office disappointment for Universal.[2]


  1. ^ Hall, Mordaunt. "New York Times: Little Man, What Now?". NY Times. Retrieved August 24, 2008.
  2. ^ By, D. W. (1934, Nov 25). TAKING A LOOK AT THE RECORD. New York Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from

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