Heinrich George plays a powerful shipping magnate who has kept secret the fact that he fathered an illegitimate daughter many years ago. His past begins to catch up to him when his brother-in-law, a circus member, returns to town from the US.
Douglas Sirk's German melodramas should absolutely be rediscovered. Loosely based on an Henrik Ibsen stage play, Pillars of Society leads you to the U.S.A. then into a small Norwegian harbour and finally in the middle of an impressive storm. Highly recommended.