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  Emil Jannings.
Photograph: courtesy Kino Lorber.
Der letzte Mann
Also known as The Last Laugh and The Last Man in the USA; The Last Laugh in the United Kingdom
(1924) German
B&W : Seven reels / 2036 metres
Directed by F.W. Murnau

Cast: Emil Jannings [hotelportier (hotel doorman)], Mady Delschaft [seine nichte (his niece)], Max Hiller [ihr bräutigam (her bridegroom)], Emilie Kurz [bridegroom’s aunt], Georg John [nachtwächter (night watchman)], Hans Unterkirchen [geschäftführer (hotel manager)], Olaf Storm [junger gast (young guest)], Hermann Vallentin [spitzbäuchiger gast (potbellied guest)], Emmy Wyda [dünne nachbarin (thin neighbor)], Harald Madsen [wedding musician], Carl Schenstrøm [wedding musician], Neumann-Schüler

Universum-Film Aktiengesellschaft [UFA] production; distributed by Universum-Film Aktiengesellschaft [UFA]. / Produced by Erich Pommer. Scenario by Carl Mayer. Production design by Robert Herlth and Walter Röhrig. Assistant director, Edgar G. Ulmer. Cinematography by Karl Freund + [Robert Baberske]. Original music score by Giuseppe Becce. / Premiered 23 December 1924 in Germany. / Standard 35mm spherical 1.37:1 format. / Jannings was only 29 years old when he performed this role. The film uses no intertitles to tell its story. In 1990, an original script for this film was discovered with film intertitles throughout. The film was released in the USA by Universal Pictures Corporation [Jewel] on 4 January 1925.


Survival status: Print exists.

Current rights holder: Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung.

Keywords: Alcohol: Drunkeness - Baggage - Demotion - Doormen - Hallucinations - Hotels - Night watchmen - Shame - Status - Street scenes - Transportation: Automobiles - Uniforms - Washroom attendants

Listing updated: 28 September 2013.

References: Film viewing : Bardèche-History pp. 255-256, 383; Bohn-Light pp. xxiii, 129-130, 131, 133, 152; Brownlow-Parade pp. 26, 92; Card-Seductive pp. 52, 60-61; Everson-American pp. 137, 196, 298, 318, 319, 321; FilmYearBook-1926 pp. 20, 31, 45; Gallagher-Ford pp. 49, 52, 53, 55, 80; Kerr-Silent pp. 8, 46-47; Lahue-Collecting pp. 33, 37; Leish-Cinema pp. 33-34, 37; Limbacher-Feature p. 136; Lloyd-Seventy pp. 33-34; Maltin-Guide p. 702; McCaffrey-Guide p. 12; Nollen-Karloff pp. 89, 120; Sarris-Sternberg pp. 10, 11; Shipman-Cinema p. 85; Sinyard-Silent p. 161; Slide-Aspects p. 132; Taylor-Hitchcock p. 56; Vermilye-Twenties pp. 179, 186; Weinberg-Lubitsch p. 325 : ClasIm-220 p. 11 : Website-IMDb.

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