Release date1934 WriterGeorg Muhlen-Schulte, Harry Piel GenresScience Fiction, Black-and-white CastWalter Janssen (Dr. Heller), Sybille Schmitz (Vilma, seine Frau), Aribert Wäscher (Geheimrat Ehrenberg), Siegfried Schürenberg (Werner Baumann), Ernst Behmer (Jokusch, Metallarbeiter) Similar moviesVictory of the Faith (1933)
Master of the world 1961
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 ethical replacement of human labor by robots, and the threat to humanity by robots used as war machines. It was directed by Harry Piel and made by Ariel production.
Wolf, as the half-crazy assistant to Dr. Heller, an inventor of robots, murders his master, and attempts to take over the world with his death-ray equipped robots. He then proceeds to borrow industrial robots all over the world for high fees. "Baumann", a mining engineer and friend of Dr. Heller, then visits Wolf in his entranched laboratory of Heller's company and learns about his plan. Having witnessed the despair of his co-workers who lost their jobs due to being replaced by robots he explains to Wolf that the people will revolt when they lose their jobs en masse. Wolf however wants to crush down any revolts using his war machines and reach for world domination. He is then prevented from attaining this goal by Baumann and Dr. Heller's widow, as he gets killed by his own invention.
In the happy end of the movie, Baumann realizes Dr. Heller's vision in which robots improve the lives of everyone and are used to do "dangerous, unhealthy and intellectually suffocating" jobs. The workers replaced by the robots don't lose their jobs but are instead employed in other areas – such as for the maintenance of the robots. Preserving workers' jobs also becomes a condition for the customers of the company's robots and thus humans are freed for a more worthy and humane life.
Walter Janssen as Dr. Heller
Sybille Schmitz as Vilma, seine Frau
Walter Franck as Prof. Wolf
Aribert Wäscher as Ehrenberg, Geheimrat (privy council)