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After his colleague and a mentor, Prof. Achenbach dies in a set-up accident, while trying to produce gold from the lead, Werner Holk seeks revenge. Meanwhile, a British millionaire suggests that Holk work on him on a similar project.

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Karl Hartl

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Rolf E. Vanloo
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Cast

Credited cast:
Hans Albers ... Werner Holk
Friedrich Kayßler Friedrich Kayßler ... Prof. Achenbach
Brigitte Helm ... Florence Wills
Michael Bohnen Michael Bohnen ... John Wills
Ernst Karchow Ernst Karchow ... Willi Luders - alias Charlie Jenkins
Lien Deyers ... Margit Moller
Eberhard Leithoff Eberhard Leithoff ... Harris - a Technician
Rudolf Platte ... Schwarz
Walter Steinbeck Walter Steinbeck ... Braun
Heinz Wemper Heinz Wemper ... Vesitsch
Hansjoachim Büttner Hansjoachim Büttner ... Becker - the Murderer
Erich Haußmann Erich Haußmann ... Secretary
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rainer Litten Rainer Litten
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After his colleague and a mentor, Prof. Achenbach dies in a set-up accident, while trying to produce gold from the lead, Werner Holk seeks revenge. Meanwhile, a British millionaire suggests that Holk work on him on a similar project.

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Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

21 October 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Guld See more »

Filming Locations:

MV Savarona See more »

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Universum Film (UFA) See more »
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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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This film - referred to as a 'pale imitation of Metropolis (1927) - in which this film's star, Brigitte Helm was in -is the only 'sci-fi' film made whilst UFA was under the Third Reich's control. Ms Helm would leave UFA and the film business, in 1935 due to her disgust with the Nazi regime, and their control of German cinema See more »

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Alternate-language version of L'or (1934) See more »

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Amazing early sci-fi movie!
28 August 2000 | by Lars-65See all my reviews

This little known movie is one of the best sci-fi movies made in the 1930's. Hans Albers is well cast as the lead. The female lead also is well chosen. Brigitte Helm (METROPOLIS), here in one of her last screen-roles, plays the femme fatale. The film tells the story of two scientist, who have discovered a way to make gold from lead. It"s achieved by using radioactivity. The experiment gets sabotaged by an unscrupulous tycoon, who likes to cash in on this discovery. One of the scientists (Friedrich Kayssler) dies when the lab explodes, the other one (Hans Albers), after recovering from his injuries, tries to find the saboteur. He very soon gets hired by the very person, and he pretends to play along with the tycoon's (Michael Bohnen) plans. The tycoon's daughter (Brigitte Helm) helps the hero, and of course, there will be a happy ending. The sets are breathtaking (for its time) and look very real- so real in fact, that during WWII the Americans confiscated a copy of this movie to find out how advanced the Germans use of radioactivity really was. For fans of this genre, this is a must.


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