Duration DirectorVeit Harlan Music directorWolfgang Zeller
WriterGerhart Hauptmann (play), Harald Bratt (motives of the comedy "Der Herrscher"), Curt J. Braun, Thea von Harbou (screenplay) CastEmil Jannings (Matthias Clausen), Marianne Hoppe (Inken Peters), Hilde Körber (Bettina Clausen), Käthe Haack (Ottilie Klamroth), Herbert Hübner (Direktor Erich Klamroth), Maria Koppenhöfer (Klothilde Clausen) Similar moviesRelated Veit Harlan movies
Der Herrscher (Eng: The Master, The Sovereign, or The Ruler) is a 1937 German drama film directed by Veit Harlan. Erwin Leiser calls it a propagandistic demonstration of the Führerprinzip of Nazi Germany.
Matthias Clausen (Emil Jannings) is the head of Clausen Works, an old and prosperous munitions firm. He falls in love with a secretary in the office (Marianne Hoppe), and his children conspire against him in order to protect their inheritance. Clausen disowns them and bestows the firm on the state, confident that one of his workers capable of carrying on his work will arise.
Some newspapers objected to the anti-capitalist bent inherent in having a man leave his company to the state; the official release contained a postscript by Goebbels repudiating such intentions.